Gauthier is the very embodiment of Soho. On the site of the Regency townhouse that was formerly Richard Corrigan’s Lindsay House, this new incarnation has been awarded a Michelin star within a year of its opening. And owner Alexis, (formerly of Roussillon) is keen that the food should be the dominant force. White walls, white linen table cloths, plain silver cutlery – subtle Japanese silk blinds – it’s all designed to complement the premises, which are packed with character, but not overwhelm the senses.
There’s not a straight floor or wall in this place, and that’s its charm. The walls are crooked, the stairs creak and anyone entering can’t help thinking ‘if only these walls could talk’. There would definitely be some cracking tales to tell. There are two main restaurant rooms which can be hired for exclusive use. The ground floor smaller dining room seats around 20 or works as a pre-dinner drink and dinner area for around ten.
Upstairs, the main dining room has a striking set of silvery antlers, a mirror and a clock on the wall. The rest of the wow factor is left to the kitchen. There are also three additional pdrs. The first is the Cellar room – the restaurant’s wine cellar and stacked high on three of its four walls with wines from all over Europe and beyond. It only seats four or five but its dark cosiness makes it perfect for an intimate dinner or clandestine meeting. On the top floor, up the wonky steps are the two other pdrs seating from four to 16: The Game Room and The Hidden Room. And this is where the fun has been had. The Game room has a boyish feel to it, with French school maps of the UK and ‘colonies’ and eclectic art adorning the walls jostling for space alongside a retro arcade machine.
Next door, the hidden room is like walking into a grandparent’s drawing room – only a grandparent with retro chic taste – not something mine were blessed with. A drum mirror sets the tone, as does the 50s sideboard comfy armchair and two-seater green sofa. The whole place is awkward, original and fun – and it’s meant to be. You can forget yourself here, be it for a small meeting, casual dinner or celebratory evening with friends. As one of only two Michelin starred restaurants in Soho, it’s also guaranteed to deliver on the food front too.