Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Revisiting Brasserie Gavroche
An overdue revisit to Brasserie Gavroche. Have been wanting to come back for a while now.
The bread is pretty nice. There's a hard crusty exterior above the soft chewy insides. Flavour is wheaty. Good with the butter, plain while mindlessly chewing or to mop up sauces from their plates. Tonight, they were constantly topping up as soon as they saw the basket empty. We went through three baskets.
We had a mâche salad with lamb sweetbread. I don't do salads very often but this I had to order because, sweetbread. The exterior of the offal was nicely browned, Malliard reaction creating the so tasty flavour which by the way, pairs up rather nicely with their onion confit vinaigrette on the greens. Délicieux.
Onion soup was kinda boring though. I think more cheese would be great and there was a lot more sweetness from the onions than savoury from the other ingredients. The stock didn't taste like it was made with beef broth. Having said that, it wasn't a bad onion soup. It just wasn't my kind.
Welsh lamb saddle was very nicely done. The accompanying pink garlic confit was sweet and delicious while the mash potatoes were creamy. Delicious jus too. I'd eat this again easily.
Here's their rump steak made with Irish grass fed Angus. One of the cuts of beef that I haven't ordered very much or at all. It was definitely not ribeye tender, but a lot more tender than I had imagined. Meat was grainy and the beefiness was of a lower and perhaps.....less ethereal quality. I think many people would simply dismiss it as being gamey flavoured. Not bad but it was just good for an experience. The green peppercorn sauce was nice though.
I didn't think this was a good tarte tartine. The pastry was flat, more like filo rather than puff pastry and it wasn't very buttery at all. The apples were nice but that was all to it. Maybe these guys just aren't great with desserts. I remember feeling let down the last time too.