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L'Etranger Restaurant

36 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4QT

((((* French
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Main course: £15
Food spend: £45
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 17:30 - 22:30
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:30 - 22:30.

Truffle mac n cheese wonderful dish

Caroline Lyall 30 October 2017
from Maidenheaf

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A restaurant with an esteemed history and multiple awards under its belt, L’Etranger offers a unique fusion of French and Japanese cuisines, and an exquisite wine selection. An award-winning restaurant, L’Etranger has earned over 30 accolades, including an AA award for Best Wine List in the UK 2013.

Signature dishes at L’Etranger in London include the renowned caramelised black cod with miso, as well as the pan-seared Scottish scallops with truffle puree. Elsewhere on the menu, find the likes of tuna spring rolls with ginger and coriander.

Named after Albert Camus’s 1942 work, the restaurant’s interior echoes the Nobel Prize-winner’s minimalist writing style. The restaurant’s passion for wine is evident in their large collection of 1200 bins of fine and prestigious wines which include an extensive French selection, but also bottles from England, Austria, Spain, Greece, Lebanon, Luxembourg and the New World. These can be sampled at L’Etranger’s monthly wine tasting dinners that have been held for the last 14 years.

The restaurant is located in a quiet part of Kensington, just minutes away from some of London’s most iconic attractions. Gloucester Road Tube Station is a 6-minute walk away.

L'Etranger Restaurant

36 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4QT

Contact +44 2075841118

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Customer reviews for L'Etranger Restaurant

4 ((((* (based on 69 reviews)
82% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (47)
  • romantic (24)
  • business (19)
  • private dining (19)
  • luxury (18)
  • lunch (17)
  • value (15)
  • large parties (13)
  • trendy (11)
  • entertainment (8)
  • child friendly (7)
  • views (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • (**** 7 November 2017 by Nicolas Koebel from London

    Hugely disappointing

  • ((((* 30 October 2017 by Caroline Lyall from Maidenheaf

    Truffle mac n cheese wonderful dish

  • ((((( 5 October 2017 by Frank Hamill from London

    Excellent overall. Service was attentive and food was delicious.

  • ((((( 3 September 2017 by Jenny from Reading

    Really great food - and great value, from the set menu. We were in a rush, as we were going to the royal albert hall but the staff were perfect, making sure we got through the set menu and out the door on time. Wine waiter was really helpful too, suggesting a beautiful red wine

  • ((((( 2 September 2017 by Karen Scott from London

    We had a wonderful evening: the tasting menu was fabulous!

  • ((((( 2 September 2017 by Eurivaldo Bezerra from London

    The food and service were great!

  • ((((( 31 August 2017 by Robin Stuerken from London

    Great wine!

  • ((*** 28 August 2017 by Danielle Baggioni from London

    Very bad service, very inexperienced waiters , not worthy of this kind of prices.
    Very expensive, not a memorable experience ! !!

  • ((*** 28 August 2017 by Apara Guha from London

    A very disappointing evening. Took almost 25 min to get a glass of wine - several of them were not available (including a Sauvignon Blanc offered by the glass!!) and this was at 7.30 pm, the start of the evening! One of the half bottles had gone off, and it was a chaotic start. No sommelier and existing staff seem to have little clue about wines. We then ordered 3 starters and 2 mains asking to share them, so they laid 2 small plates, but then brought all the starters in together (all 3 in one go!) and took away the small plates and we had to ask for them back! Same with the mains!! The food was indifferent - the reviews said it was Japanese inspired French, but it felt more like someone in the kitchen had been to Japan Centre at Picadilly, bought out a load of sauces and then just indeterminately chucked them in. There was absolutely no subtlety (especially given that it was Japanese....!), several things were over salted and the flavours were rough, didn't marry well together. The sea bass had 2 slices, one of which was overcooked and hard, the miso cod was indifferent - they had small blobs of miso paste on the side which was just too rough to the palate, the lobster ravioli was glued together (not sure if that's the usual or if they gave us 2), the lobster bisque was thick and indifferent - slightly improved by the cream, the tuna tartar was dismal - super salty and the scallops were ordinary - not sweet. The best thing was the cauliflower porridge!! Sad indeed. We had planned to have another main as the menu looks really enticing, but just asked for the check as soon as we were done - forget dessert/coffee - we just wanted to leave. It''s a shame that the menu which looked so evocative was completely negated in execution - a deeply unsatisfying meal, so went and had desserts elsewhere to try and make up for the sense of disappointment. The menu is well priced as well, and if the food delivered on even 70% of it's promise I'd have been happy. Sadly it doesn't.

  • ((((( 25 August 2017 by Melisa Morales from london

    It was delicious and great value for money. Good portions and flavoursome dishes, we will be back!

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