London's longest standing 3 Michelin starred restaurant by Gordon Ramsay - intimate setting for quiet and special occasions
Another chance to enjoy this cocoon of excellence to celebrate my Birthday and also my parent’s anniversary in the hands of sheer experts. The visit was frankly a knock out and even more special than my first visit 5 years ago and I would say the elegance, showmanship and design of the food and manner in which we were looked after was, a considerable step up from the already high, previous expererience. Dare I say there was also a more upbeat and relaxed, fun atmosphere and it was frankly wonderful to be back in the hands of utter professionals at the top of their game.
The food was actually far greater an experience on this occasion – there really wasn’t anything that wasn’t truly delicious and the particular bombshells were the pig done in five different and sublime ways and the frankly outstanding lemon parfait dessert which brought memories of Le Bristol in terms of supernova impression in design and wow factor in the mouth as well. But I am also struggling to think of a time when I have been this well loooked after and the hospitality was just on another level. We were even invited in to the kitchen briefly which was lovely as my folks have not had this before during their many visits at La Tante Claire before it became Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and a really nice opportunity to say thank you to the head chef who was doing a superb effort on behalf of Clare Smyth who was enjoying her holiday. Bravo the team, and thank you so much again – that was one for the memory banks that will remain as a sublime restaurant visit forever, which, for all, is pretty much the whole point of this pursuit n’est-ce pas?
Food Grade: 95%
At last, a trip to finally see what the truth is within one of the most highly revered establishments in the country which was one of the first meals I booked well in advance in celebration of getting a work placement in my hometown of London. Gordon Ramsay has held on to his 3 Michelin stars here at his flagship restaurant for many years and the waiting list is still long to gain a table. Planning months in advance is the obvious way ahead and the booking process does not cater for a fast, on-line booking application on the website; here, one must fill in online documents and provide credit card details on said form in order to secure the booking at the risk of being fined if plenty of notice is not given to changes or cancellations with the booking, adding to a feeling of being ‘lucky’ to gain the booking.
Once in, you are in impeccable hands and I was delighted in that our waiter was not a French waiter obsessed with his own status, or indeed a stuffy and judgemental character, but a down to earth Londoner who really looked after us well. There were plenty of waiters to each table which gave a slightly ‘monitored’ feeling and the only other aspect that didn’t shine with me was the white cloth, white walls, white ceiling, white everything in a tiny box of a dining room. It isperhaps not the place to have any loud celebration with friends I would say, as one would very easily feel it inappropriate to having too much loud fun here. This venue struck me and I believe is, a place for couples or for an intimiately special occasion.
The food is beautifully stylish, no question. I was surprised at how simple the pizza flavoured amuse bouche crisps were but yet how powerful they were too and the frogs legs was perfectly pleasant. But an atomic bomb of happiness occurred at the pan-roasted foie gras with amaretto foam (Italian hazelnut liquor with chocolate overtones). This was an instant moment of joy that escalated immediately in to the heights of a a death-row meal dish, rivalling that of Michelle Roux Jr’s cinnamon pancake foie gras. A true moment. The ravioli, fish and steak were all wonderfully stylish but were in danger of being only just above pleasing; thankfully faith was restored at the popping candy pineapple shot drink and subsequent chocolate dessert – simply sex on a plate. All other aspects were highly refined and the whole journey made me leave with a definite mission accomplished smile which did not produce any negative feelings. My only final thought in hindsight however is that as nice as it was, it somehow did not have as much punch as the reputation would suggest; aesthetically, it was not leagues above other Michelins, but the ingredients were clearly well thought out and utilised without overdoing in any way which is perhaps the main reason for its accolade at the highest end. An utter treat, making me leave with a big smile, but no real need to go again immediately.
Food Grade: 84%
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