Monday, June 18, 2012

London: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea

We couldn't be in London and not go to Gordon Ramsay's flagship restaurant. Actually, I had two 'must' restaurant in London; Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and The Fat Duck, but it was impossible to get a reservation at The Fat Duck.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is Ramsay's only 3 Michelin star restaurant. I was a little, ok, very apprehensive about stepping into a restaurant who's namesake owner's claim to fame has as much to do with saying fuck on TV as making food. However, we obviously did know that Ramsay is not the one cooking, nor even creating the menus anymore. Furthermore, the 'sellout' risk is much lower at the flagship.

Well, from the moment we stepped into the restaurant, the cordial, subdued yet attentive service enchanted us. Then, the food justified every single Michelin star; from Clare Smyth’s creation to her rendition of Ramsay's classics, everything was perfect. Flavours layering, presentation and choice of produce, all masterfully executed.

There were three of us (my mom, May and I) and we took the two tasting menus so we could sample everything. Price is consistent with typical 3-Michelin starred restaurants.

It was a great evening. Highly recommend Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Scottish eggs!

Poached Scottish lobster tail with lardo di colonnata, vegetables a la grecque and coral vinaigrette.
I have never seen lobster looking so appetizing. And it tasted as amazing as it looked. Ever so tender and almost sweet.

Pressed foie gras with peppered Madeira jelly, smoked duck, new season rhubard and blood orange

Ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon poached in a light bisque with a chervil veloute

New season asparagus, morels braised in vin d'Arbois, creme fraiche and gnocchi.

Isle of Gigha halibut with Atlantic King crab, cauliflower couscous, finger lime and ras el hanout infused broth

Pig's trotter stuffed with veal sweetbread, parsley, Dijon mustard, warm apple sauce  and 'Waldorf salad '. 

Roasted pigeon from Bresse with grilled polenta, smoked ventreche and date sauce

Cannon of Costwold lamb with confit breast and braised shank, navarin of summer vegetables.

Suckling pig, crispy belly, roasted loin, homemade sausage, chou farci with crushed potatoes and spring onions

Fromleft to right; Sel sur Cher, Brie de Meaux, Stiking Bishop,  Lincolnshire Poacher  Cheddar, Colston Bassett Stilton. I had asked if they could write down the names of all those cheese for me and they said they would. On the way out of the restaurant, I thought they forgot but our hostess presented me with an envelope containing the list of all those cheese. Nice little attention.

Menu Prestige £125
Menu Seasonal Inspiration £155
One bottle of Barolo Fenocchio £118

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
tel: 020 7352 4441

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