The historical annals of London’s foodie encyclopaedia will highlight 2013 as the year that French bistros and brasseries firmly took hold in London. Sure, French wine bars have been a fixture of London’s dining scene for a while now (Brawn and Terroirs set the benchmark on that front). However, despite being the premier culinary city in the world London has so far had few top notch French bistros and brasseries (Koffman‘s and Bistrot Bruno Loubet come to mind as obvious candidates). However, with some recent high profile openings London looks to be blessed with a raft of great additions to this neglected culinary genre.
Like Pierre Koffman, Bruno Loubet and Jason Atherton, Chavot has thus far been known more for his Michelin standard haute cuisine cooking. Like the aforementioned chefs he has now decided to go open a more rustic restaurant. Brasserie Chavot is located in the beautiful Westbury hotel (same hotel as Alyn Williams) in the posh surroundings near New Bond Street and the food at Brasserie Chavot is best described as upscale French bistro.
We decided to visit Brasserie Chavot in their first week of opening and we tried the following dishes:
- Bread basket
- Escargot bourgignon with meat balls and potatoes (9/10)
- Soft shell crab (7.5/10)
- Chicken liver parfait (8/10)
- Ricotta & parmesan gnocci (7.5/10)
- Rack of lamb (8/10)
- Tiger prawn, chick peas and chorizo (8/10)
- Mashed potatoes (9/10)
- Green beans (8/10)
- Rum baba (8.5/10)
- Pommes frites (8/10)
- Chocolate liegeois (7/10)
- Basque Gateau chocolate tart (8/10)
Compared to another high-profile French brasserie/bistro opening, Little Social, Brasserie Chavot is more of an upscale and special occasion restaurant, whereas Little Social is more of an local and quaint bistro. The food is good at Brasserie Chavot (we enjoyed all the dishes we tried), but slightly prefer the less formal style at Little Social (however, both are good dining options).
The overall bill at Brasserie Chavot came to £205 (including service charge, 4 glasses of wine, bottle of water, mocktail and 3 coffees).
The food rating for Brasserie Chavot: 8/10
The service rating for Brasserie Chavot: 8.5/10
The overall rating for Brasserie Chavot: 8/10
(The overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and the price).