We’ve found our home on London’s Lavender Hill. Gastronhome – defined as the art of selecting, preparing, serving and enjoying fine food in a homely environment – is a cosy restaurant and kitchen that specialises in serving fantastic French cuisine matched with superb wines. The reviews are already pouring in, and the prevailing mood is that diners are astonished to find such a well-kept secret in Clapham. Undoubtedly, Gastronhome deserves a wider audience.
The passionate men behind Gastronhome are Damien Fremont and Chris Nespoux, a duo whose yen for traditional and regional French cuisine, prepared with a deft and modern touch, has found full expression at this Lavender Hill restaurant. Fremont hails from Normandy in northwest France and previously worked as commis chef under the Ritz Club’s Philippe Vandewalle, as chef de partie at the Michelin-starred l’Etrier, and at London’s Bistrot Bruno Loubet. He also took first place at the Escoffier nationals, finally gaining third place internationally. Together with Nespoux’s additional expertise as a sommelier, it’s obvious that this Clapham restaurant has some serious credentials – let’s turn to the a la carte menu (three courses by default, but with a five course tasting menu available, each course matched with wine).
Gastronhome’s menus are seasonal affairs, as one should expect if one can expect to be served only the finest of French cuisine. Sampling their May / June 2015 offering, we see a restrained (minutely considered and taste-tested) selection over three courses. A single scrambled duck’s egg with ceps mushrooms, Loire valley asparagus and a wild garlic and truffle dressing is one fantastic (and vegetarian) way to begin your banquet at this eatery. Moving to les plats, two out of four are seafood dishes: seabream tartare and exquisite native scallops. For dessert the adventurous and less sweet-toothed will probably go for the selection of French cheeses. Throughout, this London French restaurant uses the finest of French produce, with British supplies brought in when the requirements of freshness trump the interests of Gallic authenticity. For lovers of French cuisine, Gastronhome is like coming home – it’s an unmissable gem on Clapham’s Lavender Hill.
An amazing experience. Intimate and special. The tasting menu had 20 plus new interesting flavours...wow. Great personal service and a running commentary to explain what you are eating from the staff.
Star quality food in a friendly, homely atmosphere. The wine arrangement with half glasses is perfectly balanced, with special wines. The owners know what they are doing, and do it well. They have an eye for details and great service, making this not 'just' dining, but a truly wonderful experience. Definetely would come back here.
Enjoyed our evening tremendously. Staff very welcoming. The quality and imagination of the dishes was exceptional. Most notable were the beetroot , fish (brill) and cheese dishes. Many thanks to all at Gastronhome.
We had the 3 course lunch menu, food was beautifully cooked and well presented and it was value for money. The service was great also, would highly recommend.
Small restaurant but you don't feel like you're sitting on top of each other. Very friendly, efficient service; delicious food from start to finish - we went for a la carte. Unable to drink wine but cocktails were fab. Menu changes every couple of months. No rush to get you out once you're finished eating. Live, unobtrusive jazz when we went on a Friday night. A really lovely evening. We will definitely be back.
Such a fantastic experience! I took my husband there for his birthday. The service was outstanding and the food to die for. French cuisine presented as fine dining. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings. If say the wine pairing was a little on the expensive side (£39) however, the host was full of knowledge and told us all about the wine and food when it came. A lovely evening
It was a lovely ambience, petite! Staff attentive. Food I was interested in trying, glad I tried it on a Groupon offer! Beware of wine recomendations! £12.50 for a miniscule glass, guess this is where the money is. Saying that my sister picked a la carte mackerel dish, pretty as a picture but a qtr of raw mackerel was a surprise and she came away hungry. I was advised to try the lunch menu if returning! Will stick with tap water then
A small but exciting menu . The 5 course meal was beautifully cooked and served with care . Excellent wine sold by the glass - unusual . Doesn't get much better
We had lunch there today. It's a wonderful experience, food is great and service very good. We will definitely go to this restaurant once we visit London next time.
The whole experience was excellent. Food, ambience, service, wine. And very good value. I would definitely go again and recommend to friends. And I eat out a lot.