Gauthier French restaurant in Soho, is vegan fine-dining at it’s absolute best. With a price to match its decadence and sophistication, the vegan tasting menu is not cheap at £65 a head. It does however, include six courses of what I would call, culinary excellence, and rightly so as winner of ‘Best Vegan Menu’ (PETA Vegan Food Awards 2016).
I attended with a very good friend of mine, Hayley who is one part of the fashionable blog ‘The Wonder by H&H’ (Instagram the_wonderbyhh) with a mutual friend of ours, Helen. Hayley and Helen are both actresses living in London, who together relay all the news on the latest, fashion, film, food and beauty trends. Hayley was the perfect companion on this occasion, as like me she’s a fellow health enthusiast, who enjoys seeking out London’s culinary hotspots.
We arrived at Gauthier French restaurant in Soho to realise you could only enter the Georgian style building once you had rung on the doorbell outside and been let in by the hostess, very chic. Once in, the decor was opulent, yet cosy and we were sat in view of an open fire. This was much appreciated after walking through the cold, bustling streets of Soho.
The tables were dressed with seasonal vegetables, a small pumpkin, and something that looked a little bit like a turnip. The root crops began to make sense as we found out more about the brains behind the concept, Alexis Gauthier who is known for his inventive use of seasonable vegetables both on and off the plate, it would appear.
Romantic and Quiet Setting
If truth be known, the setting was far too romantic and intimate for Hayley and I to be having an informal catch up. The atmosphere was awfully quiet, and gossiping had to be kept to a minimum. For couples though, it seemed an ideal date spot for those wanting to impress, or to gaze at each other over a candlelit turnip.
Gauthier French restaurant in Soho menu itself seemed to have a different waiter for every course. One who told us about the starters, one about the mains, and of course a sommelier (that’s a wine waiter to you and I).
We both chose four dishes from the tasting menu, rather than going for the full shebang. Each course was an elegant, yet minuscule assortment of tastes and flavours. The first to be consumed was Pumpkin Velouté, chestnut, pumpkin seeds & olive “ravioli” with crispy sage. This was followed by crispy tofu, sweet potato & roast garlic, and an autumn black truffle risotto, which was rich and delicious. Dessert was a vegan’s dream, 70% dark chocolate mouse with crunchy praline, accompanied by what I think was a coconut ice cream.
What really did it for me though was the surprise entrees, anyone wanting to dine in a French Restaurant in Soho couldn’t go wrong, this was better than I’d ever tasted or expected. They consisted of the best vegetable crisps I have ever tried, an array of vegetable cream and vol-auv-ent type morsels. The amuse-bouche of clementine sorbet which arrived before the dessert, was also very pleasing.
What really did it for me though was the surprise entrees, which consisted of the best vegetable crisps I have ever tried, an array of vegetable cream and vol-auv-ent type morsels. The amuse-bouche of clementine sorbet which arrived before the dessert, was also very pleasing.
Expensive but worth it
The food at Gauthier French Restaurant in Soho definitely did not fail to disappoint. However, if you do decide to visit, then be prepared to shell out a large sum of cash when the bill comes. This is one to visit with the boyfriends or girlfriends.