Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair
Step inside Mayfair’s Brasserie Chavot and you are transported to Paris, confronted by sumptuous chandeliers glistening magnificently, beautifully detailed tiled flooring, elegant ruby sofas and mirrored walls: it exudes class and makes for fantastic first impressions. Part of the Westbury Hotel, the brasserie is one of award-winning chef Eric Chavot’s latest ventures. Last night’s highly anticipated launch party (guests included Dame Kelly Holmes, Kimberly Walsh and David Haye) is sure to mark the beginning of great things for the critically acclaimed executive and his team in central London.
With décor reminiscent of a French brasserie, it’s no surprise to hear Carla Bruni’s voice softly echoing through speakers in the wash room. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal as socialites casually mingle around the room, sipping champagne and sampling the starter: succulent, meaty olives, served with bread and nuts neatly presented in small dishes.
The focus is on basic French cuisine, cooked in an uncomplicated, unpretentious, even homely style that seems to appeal to the guests. Waiters gradually bring out seafood, walnut salad wraps and cheese platters (ranging from comte, rich and sweet, to reblochon which holds more of a creamy texture). The main is light and refreshingly simple: warm crab served with sauce that goes down a storm.
Guests eagerly dart towards the tables for a taste of the chef’s sensational oysters – he’s obviously doing something right. Champagne Ruinart blanc de blancs washes them down perfectly: a dry, crisp taste with a citrus aroma that is kept flowing throughout the evening thanks to the swift service on hand.
Nearing the end of the night, waiters present simple, light desserts including coffee crème éclairs and miniature cocottes oozing smooth, creamy fondant which diners happily indulge in. Many guests have their pictures taken, grinning next to the famous chef who is happy to greet his satisfied clientèle. Given the prestige of the kitchen and the reputation of Mayfair, the pricing is reasonable at around £45 per person. Dining at Brasserie Chavot doesn’t have to be an overly expensive experience, although do expect to see familiar celebrity faces and the paparazzi outside. Bon appetit!
Brasserie Chavot: 53/60
To book a table at Brasserie Chavot, visit 41 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF, 020 7078 9577 or enquire here.