Filed under: Food
Readers of my old blog will remember that I went to visit the Fat Duck on poker winnings. Well, more poker has been won, and tonight Alastair and I went to visit Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in London. For those of you not in the know, the Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay are two of the three best restaurants in England (those with three Michelin stars), the other one being the Waterside Inn at Bray (a report will follow when we get round to it, but more poker needs to be played first). We opted for the (nominally) seven course tasting menu (which actually featured rather more courses). We just got back and we’re rather full. For those who like such things, here is what we had:
- Cornetto with aubergine mousse and courgette flowers, topped with caviar
- Mozeralla balls with parmesan and pesto
Amuse-bouche: Breakfast plate
- Mushroom stuffed with mushroom mousse
- Pork crackling with bacon
- Duck egg shell, with beans, scrambled egg, tomato froth
Alastair enjoying it:
- Ballotine of foie gras with pickled vegetables and camomile reduction (also note: featured some rather tasty truffle action)
Here’s me about to tuck in – note, this is one of the very few times you will see me with a tie, so enjoy it.
- Lobster ravioli with lobster reduction, sun dried tomato
- Alastair had: Fillet of line caught halibut with coriander, ginger pappardelle and passion fruit butter sauce
- Dan had: Pan fried line caught sea bass with roasted baby violet artichokes, borlotti beans and a cep veloute
- Roasted fillet of Northumberland beef, kohlrabi, horseradish cream, truffle and root vegetable infusion
Beef fillets were on top of something of beef cheek and savoy cabbage. Kohlrabi is a sort of root vegetable a bit like turnip. The ‘vegetable infusion’ was a beef consomme with truffles. It was poured over the dish, and also served in a tea cup alongside. The horseradish cream was mashed potato and horseradish served separately in a sort of copper pan.Here’s me about to drink some of my beef consomme:
And the beef close-up:
- Creme brulee (not actually brulee) with lemongrass, raspberry.
- Pineapple and Champagne soup with chilli and fromage frais
Yep – you slurp it through a straw.
- Alastair had: Granny Smith parfait with honeycomb and chocolate brownie.
- Dan had: Raspberry and lemon millefeuille with basil, lime and milk ice-cream.
- Bitter chocolate space-balls on a stick
- Rosewater Turkish delight
- Strawberry ice cream with white chocolate shell, served on liquid nitrogen base
Update for Ed: a close up of those puddings in that last picture