This week London welcomes back Eric Chavot and his new eponymous restaurant in Mayfair’s Conduit Street, Brasserie Chavot. The chef upped sticks for the United States a couple of years ago to work with the Weston family (of Selfridges fame) at Florida’s The Windsor Club. But he’s back with this new French style brasserie restaurant.
Ingredients are sourced from across the British Isles as well as artisan producers from the rural regions of France and he’s handpicked suppliers for crab from the West Country, langoustine from the Outer Hebrides, venison from Ireland, lamb from the Pyrénées plus French charcuterie and cheeses.
Chavrot first arrived in London at the age of 18 and worked in the kitchen of Pierre Koffmann. He was head chef at The Capital Restaurant for ten years from 1999-2009 (where he held two Michelin stars for nine years), and prior to that, there was Chavot in Fulham and Interlude de Chavot in Charlotte Street, Marco Pierre White’s The Restaurant and Chez Nico with Nico Ladenis.
Dishes on the menu include Snail Bourgignon, meatball and potato espuma; Sardine escabèche; Venison carpaccio, pickled red cabbage and Grilled tiger prawns with chickpeas and chorizo. The dessert menu embraces his British influence featuring Gâteau Basque,crème glacée aux Cerises and Espresso et Baileys mousse au chocolat avec mousse Anglaise.
The site was previously The Gallery, and while the Italian mosaic tiled flooring and 18th century French gold chandeliers have been retained, interior designer Alex Kravetz has added tall dark red leather banquettes and chairs, tall wooden wine storage, and a small lounge area. The space can accommodate up to 75.
41 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1, 020 7078 9577