Marcus Wareing – LondonPosted: June 19, 2010
We went with a Puligny Montrachet (French white Burgundy), which went well with most dishes.
Amuse Bouche: Broccoli soup with goat cheese foam, and salt & pepper bread sticks
Second Course: Dorset crab, mackerel, pear, chargrilled bread, hazelnut – Ordinary
Third Course: Quail, smoked white beans, toast foam – beans served too hard, but quail was delicious.
Fourth Course: Scottish scallop (seared), red wine reduction, parsley mouselline, morels, leeks – This was an A – excellent.
Fifth Course: Milk fed Welsh lamb, nettles, Buratta, herbs – Lamb was done 3 ways: crusty piece of fat; a slow braised short rib; roast loin. Best of the courses.
Pre dessert: Chocolate gateau with nutella; rum mojito panna cotta with cucumber crème and lime granite. Too strong a contrast between lime and chocolate; plus too much for a pre-dessert.
Dessert: Menu Prestige normally comes with Espresso arctic roll, bitter chocolate, blackberry, BUT we asked for the alternate dessert, Tarte Tatin, served with ginger ice cream and clotted cream (why both?) which was superb.
Extras: For our anniversary, they sent a basil mousse with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. We got a tour of the kitchen (pays to take notes and photos!), and finally a truffle cart – we chose licorice/fennel, hazelnut, raspberry, and vanilla caramel.
If we’d only gone to this place in London, we’d have been more impressed, but having gone to Launceston Place and Viajante, this came in third (the most expensive, by the way).