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Brasserie Chavot: where French cuisine meets old-school glamour

by ValentinaLor

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Since coming back from a year in Paris, I couldn’t help going into brasseries here in London and thinking that something was missing. Until I had dinner at Brasserie Chavot for the first time, I didn’t know what it was exactly. In a very short amount of time, a few French-inspired, semi-formal restaurants opened up, but none of them had an atmosphere and a menu comparable to their French equivalents.

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The heart and soul behind Brasserie Chavot, in Conduit Street, Mayfair is Michelin–star decorated chef Eric Chavot. His reputation precedes him; before launching his own restaurant he worked at The Capital in Knightsbridge, where his French cuisine-inspired menu earned him two Michelin stars – and according to many, was worth the third one as well. He also worked at a special pop-up restaurant in Selfridges and at the Weston Estate in Florida. In 2013, he opened the brasserie attached to the Westbury Hotel and named it after himself.

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The venue is not exactly casual but approachably elegant. Decorated in an Art Nouveau style, the room has a mosaic-tiled floor, high ceilings and plenty of mirrors on the walls. According to some, the décor is less glitzy than Balthazar or Brasserie Zedel’s ones, but personally, I think that it is a better example of old–school glamour – the only thing I’d probably change are the chandeliers. Thanks to the fact that the tables are far apart enough to guarantee a certain privacy, it’s an ideal place for a date, a gathering with friends or a business meal.

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Décor aside, what makes the place an absolute hit is the food. The menu combines tradition and creativity; everything from the crunchy, greaseless deep fried soft-shell crab to the delicious sea bream and the poussin grille’ – young chicken for the English-speaking population – is exceptionally tasty and made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. Without a doubt, my absolute favourite is the baba au rhum with crème Chantilly, worth a visit alone. The food not only tastes good but is also elegantly served, using wood boards, cute pots and pages of French newspapers. The wine list includes a reasonably wide selection of wines, not only French but also a few international varieties.

The service is very attentive and considering that you are in Mayfair, the prices are reasonable. So if you are up for a special-occasion dinner or just feel like treating yourself with excellent food and good wine in a charming venue, you should definitely pay a visit to Brasserie Chavot. And maybe you will finally find a corner of France in London, like I did.

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