Gauthier is about as polite as a London restaurant can get. You ring the doorbell to gain admission and from then until you are decanted onto the street at the end of your meal, the service is solicitous and unshowy.
August is looking increasingly good for diners at London restaurants. Corrigan’s Mayfair is waiving corkage charges for customers who want to bring their own wines when ordering from the a la carte menu. Just mention the letters BYO when booking. Over in Soho, Bob Bob Ricard is serving a caviar lunch for 19.75 pounds ($31.44). You get 10 grams, with sour cream and blinis, meat pelmeni or truffle-and-potato vareniki and a shot of vodka.
Bids for a dinner prepared by Gordon Ramsay for guests aboard the London Eye on Oct. 8 have reached only 7,400 pounds ($11,500), according to the London Restaurant Festival website . The television chef raised 23,000 pounds to help fight poverty in London at a similar charity event last October.
Twenty of London’s leading chefs have been lined up to cook together for “Who’s Cooking Dinner?” an annual charity event where diners may also bid for the culinary masters to come and prepare meals at their homes.