Since moving down to London I’ve been well and truly spoilt by eating in some incredible restaurants. Sushi Samba, Burger and Lobster, The Ivy, 1 Lombard Street (it’s safe to say my gym membership has never been so essential). Some have been due to my job and some have been part of my London Bucket List, but last week I was invited to review Michelin started French restaurant Brasserie Chavot for my blog. As you can imagine, I was quick to oblige.
So off I popped one rainy Wednesday lunchtime in search of Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair. I know the area well as I used to work around there, but never before had I been aware of Brasserie Chavot. And since visiting, I have no idea why! After a vicious pavement splash from a cabbie and my umbrella blowing inside out numerous times whilst battling wind in stilettos, I’ve never been happier to get inside.
As soon as I stepped inside Brasserie Chavot, I was immediately struck by the elegant yet cosy atmosphere. I meeting the lovely Victoria from Dovetail PR for lunch, who was waiting for me at the reception. The restaurant was packed and absolutely buzzing, pretty impressive for a Wednesday lunchtime (I can only imagine what it’s like on a Friday night!) The bright white table clothes, red leather seats and grand chandeliers instantly transported me to Paris, and I was ready to indulge in a French feast.
First came a glass of champagne as we perused the menu, naturally. Luckily Victoria knew the menu well, so gave me some great recommendations. I went for the deep fried soft shell crab with alioli dip for starters, and I can quite honestly say it was one of the best (and naughtiest) things I’ve ever eaten. When I say deep fried, I quite literally mean deep fried. And combined with the creamy alioli dip, it was hearty, warming and utterly delicious. I wasn’t expecting the portion to be so big, a nice surprise for a Michelin star brasserie.
For the main course I ordered the cod with lentil stew and crispy bacon. It’s a combination I would never think of putting together at home so I was intrigued to see how it would work. The presentation was immaculate and the taste was sublime. Victoria insisted we ordered a creamy mash on the side too, which was silky smooth and perfectly buttery.
The whole experience was topped off when Eric Chavot himself came out of the kitchen to personally greet Victoria and I and to see if I had enjoyed the meal. I couldn’t thank him enough and he sat down with us for 20 minutes for a chat, mostly about yoga! It was so sweet of him to take so much time out of his busy day to introduce himself. We told him we were too full for dessert, but he insisted we tried the lemon tart along with some fresh mint tea to help digestion. A perfect suggestion in hindsight!
My dining experience at Brasserie Chavot was flawless from start to finish. The exquisite food alongside meeting Eric himself made for a truly memorable lunch in London town. If you’re looking for an sumptuous yet hearty restaurant experience in traditionally stylish surroundings, I would recommend Brasserie Chavot in a heart beat.
Thank you so much to Eric and his team at Brasserie Chavot for inviting me along to experience such a wonderful restaurant. I will be back!
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