Gauthier Soho

Wednesday 24 January 2018 by

I have to admit, eating out this month seems like a bit of a battle. Going vegan and gluten free, I feel like my options are limited and that I will be nothing but a pain in the ass to any restaurant I go to. Which is why I was a bit wary of going to Gauthier Soho. However, we had called before and they had promised they could accommodate both requests and it wouldn’t be a problem.

In fact, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! Gauthier Soho is this fantastic exclusive-feeling restaurant on Romilly Street – you have to ring the doorbell for entry and you must book in advance. However, the menu isn’t as eye-wateringly expensive as you might imagine. A lunchtime offer is 3 courses (with 2 glasses of wine) for £30.

My Dry January went out the window when we were promised 2 glasses of wine, specially selected by the sommelier to complement our chosen dishes (although don’t ask me which wines I was given as I can’t remember!)

For starters, I chose the technicolor truffle pasta with rainbow beetroot purée and semolina. Light and delicate, this was a delicious start to my meal, without being overpowering. I’m not normally a fan of beetroot, but even the amuse bouche with pickled beetroot went down a storm. There’s something about perfectly-done food that means I’ll even eat the things I normally avoid! The wine that it came with was a sharp, fresh white that cleansed the palate even as it accompanied the dish.

For main course I chose the whole roasted parsnip (I go weak for parsnips) with maple sweet potatoes, parsnip crisps and black cardamom broth. Just the right side of sweet, it was accompanied by a full-bodied red wine (vegan!) with layers of sweetness through it. The parsnip was done to perfection, whilst the cardamom broth gave it enough heat that it didn’t feel like the dish was too sweet. I could have had it twice over and still wanted more!

For dessert I was offered something with lychee. Don’t ask me what – it was off the menu and was ridiculously divine. The lychee came wrapped in a vegan meringue-like casing with a cold lychee compote. I was in heaven. Washed down with fresh mint tea, and I was suitably impressed.

I couldn’t believe how well they accommodated me being vegan and gluten-free, adapting from the menu and recommending dishes that were not traditionally offered. Gauthier Soho has its reputation for a reason! At no point did I feel like I was being difficult. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, and the service was stellar.

I immediately want to go back there – and have already asked everyone I know if they’re free! I can’t wait to go back after Veganuary and try some of their meat dishes too. It’s worth every penny.

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