If you’re bored of seeing pork belly on a set lunch menu then step through the smokey doors of Club Gascon. I say smokey because when we arrived the restaurant looked and smelt like it had just put out a fire. This was confirmed by the fire alarm going off 6 minutes into our visit. A rather smart gentleman then proceeded to take a chair from a table and stand on it by the door to press the buttons to stop the alarm. This made for quite exciting viewing and we forgot for a second that we were sat in a Michelin starred restaurant.The bread took an absolute age to come round and when it did we missed the first batch as other tables had clearly been waiting even longer than us. I can only assume the kerfuffle was that some new young kitchen porter had burned the bread and thrown everything out of kilter. When the bread did eventually arrive it was very good and there was a pleasant choice.
That aside….what an incredible sounding set lunch menu. Â£25 for three courses and for each course there are 6 options to choose from. And no pork belly hurrah.Crackled capon wings [capon is a castrated rooster], scallops ballotine, nuts and celery was my starter choice. Little parcels of de-boned capon wing meat were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. The dish was presented beautifully and was topped with a foam (which had no flavour) but looked great.
Once the excitement from dessert had passed we realised the restaurant was empty apart from ourselves and two other tables. Â The petit fours arrived in a little edible chocolate case. They were delicious and confirmed my thoughts that this was an unassuming yet very impressive restaurant. Say goodbye to your fine dining and impeccable service – at Club Gascon you are transported to a little cafe in the south west of France and you won’t want to leave again.8/10