12.01.2015

BRASSERIE GUSTAVE

November has been a very busy month for me, first because I started a new role and secondly because I had friends and family visiting every weekend. To celebrate my new role, my boyfriend and I went to Brasserie Gustave.

We arrived there a bit earlier than we should. The atmosphere was a bit quiet at the beginning, but it became better after few minutes. I was surprised by the number of walks-ins this evening which filled up the entire dining room in a couple of minutes. 
The decoration was more like a 'posh' brasserie with traditional red banquettes, old French advert posters on the wall and in the background a nice playlist of some old French classics such as Edith Piaf and Gainsbourg. 

We started our meal with a glass of Champagne.
Then we had a starter each, my boyfriend had the duck foie gras terrine. It was served with fig and port chutney. The piece of terrine was big and very good. I opted for the carpaccio of venison with black truffle dressing. This dish was superb, it was flavourful and light. I liked the hint of truffles with the venison. 
Our starters were served with a glass of Muscat and a glass of dry and aromatic Pinot blanc from Alsace.

As a main I had a fillet of beef served with pan fried foie gras, spinach,  truffle and Madeira jus. My beef was cooked as I requested and it was lovely, the foie gras were perfectly cooked too. The dish came with a crostini underneath the meat, it didn't add any flavour to the dish apart from an oily taste. It was not properly cooked and tasted awful so I left it on the side. I think the dish would have been perfect without it, which I mentioned to our waiter at the end of the meal. 
My boyfriend stayed very classic and had a beef entrecôte. Again the quality of the meat was perfect and cooked as requested.
We had our main with a side of French fries and a glass of Pinot Noir from Burgundy. 

For dessert, we both had a vanilla crème brûlée. It was alright but not the best we had. The custard was a bit heavy which made it difficult to finish. At the beginning I thought it was a bit weird to have fruits on it, but in the end I quite enjoyed the freshness and lightness the fruits gave to this heavy crème.

Overall my boyfriend and I had a beautiful evening, service was faultless. We thought Brasserie Gustave was great and is probably a great addition for local residents but we probably wouldn't travel a distance to go there again.

7/10

I was invited to review Brasserie Gustave


Duck foie gras terrine, fig and port chutney
Thinly sliced raw fillet of venison, black truffle dressing
Fillet of beef pan fried with foie gras, spinach, truffle and Madeira jus
Beef entrecote
Vanilla crème brûlée
Brasserie Gustave
4 Sydney Street
London SW3 6PP
Twitter: @BrasserGustave
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