Located in the cloistered basement of Club Gascon, with more of a focus on relaxation and – particularly – wine than the fine dining establishment upstairs, while retaining the degree of expertly and formally friendly service and luxury, Cellar Gascon is a great option for those who wish to sample the Pascal Aussignac’s commendably authentic French cuisine in a central London environment.
Here you’ll find more of a focus on snack and sharing plates, with some lighter dishes available; all are executed with the same kind of flair that you’d find upstairs, although there’s less of a focus on experimentation and prestige ingredients, and more of an emphasis on the kind of things that you can enjoy in a cosy, intimate environment with friends, colleagues or a date, and a glass or two of something really good.
Alongside the crisps, chips and ‘crazy popcorn’, look out for the astonishing range of charcuterie – including the ‘piggy treats’ sharing plate also available in Comptoir Gascon, part of the same group – and rustic French-influenced salads (perhaps with baby squid). Simple, beautifully-done plates of something more substantial – Toulouse sausage with lentils, braised lamb shank, a great selection of fromagerie – are also on offer for those who need something more to fill them up.
Prices are reasonable and the cellar allows you full access to the establishment’s enviable wine cellar in a relaxed and laid-back environment.
Pascal Aussignac’s roster of fine venues has grown to include Cellar Gascon, romantic bistro Comptoir Gascon and Chelsea’s Le Cercle.
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Awards & accolades
The Michelin Guide
One Michelin star