Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:31 AM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:02 AM
I salute you with a tip of the hat.
Edited by adey73, 09 August 2012 - 04:03 AM.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:58 AM
The Gobby Cestrian
Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:26 AM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:24 PM
I would rather have my wife's rings back than have these folks serving long sentences, but...
BBC also has the same videos, and a little less over-the-top coverage.
Edited by Will, 09 August 2012 - 04:57 PM.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:48 PM
Foie tartlets. Tiny and both delicate and rich, lightened with a little fruit. pictured elsewhere on the thread.
Saint-Nectaire Truffle Toast. This is such a good thing to eat.
Chantilly and Tartare of Cornish Oysters with Frozen Horseradish and Dill. I love oyster and this is great. We did share half a dozen oysters and a ginger pig sausage roll for breakfast too!
Roast Scottish Scallop with Lobster Puree, Grilled Leeks and Riesling. Possibly the largest scallop I have eaten. Cooked perfectly and tasted as good as it looked.
A Plate of Root Vegetables with Hazelnuts, Lardo di Colonatta and Roasting Juices. A simple-ish, tasty plate of seasonal good things. Not in focus - I blame the phone - sorry!
Sea Bass with Broccoli Stem, Crab and Black Quinoa
Breast of Quail with Walnuts, Cepes and Pear
Roe deer, boudin and marrow with beetroot and red leaves
Short Rib of Ruby Red Beef with Smoked Onion,Pickled Walnuts and Grated English Wasabi
English wasabi and sharkskin grater
We shared some excellent cheese
Pre dessert sea buckthorn and meringues
And for dessert we ate
Mille-Feuille of Mango, Vanilla and Kaffir Lime
Blackcurrant and Vanilla Tart with Blackcurrant Leaf Ice Cream and another ofThinly Sliced Figs with Ewes Milk Yoghurt and Fig Leaf Ice Cream
I could go on about how good each plate was. I wont. It was all great. Service was great, food delicious and the wine (chosen by the sommelier) was perfect too.
I have eaten here a few times over the past twelve months. I cant wait to go back.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:21 PM
Posted 27 February 2015 - 11:05 AM
For people like me who did not have vast knowledge about London’s food scene, I might consider The Ledbury (probably named after the road’s name and located in the quiet residential corner of Notting Hill) to be “new” with rising star chef in Brett Graham. However, apparently that the Ledbury already received 2-star Michelin more than 4 years ago and ranked among the very best dining place in London according to restaurant magazine/S. Pellegrino.
Our dinner here was our last gastronomy restaurant to visit in late Nov ‘14. We could be a bit ‘tired’ of eating, but then I decided to ‘complete’ our initial plan. We eventually showed up 10 min late on Sunday evening. The restaurant was not too big, with dark & thick drapes and plenty of mirrors making the room looked more spacious; the ambiance was pleasant and rather relaxed despite the fact that many people formally dressed. The restaurant was busy and I noticed, including us, there were about a dozen “Asian” diners – indeed, it’s a popular restaurant. We decided to have the shorter and cheaper degustation menu because it seemed lighter and I would like to try the beef main course (enough of game meat from this trip)
I will go straight with our menu.
1st course: it looked like a salad for refreshing. The chef prepared contrast of colors and textures throughout in artichoke, grapes, hazelnut and grated duck liver (interesting combination but only tasted ordinary on our palates)
2nd course: thin and translucent white beetroot baked in clay accompanied by decent cured & dried mackerel (looked like in ‘sashimi’ style). It was light and alright; the beetroot was not at the level I ate at L’Arpege
3rd course: things get better from here. The manager offered us to have 2 different dishes and we complied with his suggestion. I had the original course in the menu: tender roast turbot with yellow wine sauce, seaweed and brassica. Turbot and vin jauce was the favorite combination of Alain Passard and Chef Graham did quite a good job here; I did not find the vegetables truly enhanced the overall experience of this dish.
My spouse had the special dish: tender and flavorful grey partridge served with its jus, chestnut and truffle. It was a very pleasant and well-balanced dish; tasted better than my turbot
4th course: slow cooked dexter beef ‘tasting’ (short rib, roasted rib, ribeye cap) with truffle. The beef was perfectly cooked and every part was delicious; the puree would intensify the beef. I enjoyed the aromatic smell from the onions and juniper, and they tasted just fine. I was glad to keep my reservation due to this dish
Nothing really memorable about the blood orange granite and sweet custard as the pre-dessert
5th course: dessert time - nicely poached pear belle Helene (A Parisian menu staple) served with chocolate and vanilla ice cream covered with almonds. Well execution and quite tasty, a great way to end our meal
The service was professional and staffs were friendly and attentive; they got the basic stuffs right but we did not feel anything special. I noticed at least 2 staffs were Australian. The food was generally good. While it may be ‘worse’ when compared to Ramsay RHR or Ducasse Dorchester, I felt that the Ledbury’s food was more exciting and ‘lively’. I believe Chef Graham’s cooking had more potential and would simply get better. I don’t mind re-visiting the Ledbury should I return to London in the future. As of now, I think the 2-star was a correct assessment by Michelin. Getting a third one will be challenging. However, among the current London’s 2-star; the Ledbury is the only one with a decent chance in the next 3-5 years
Here are the pictures: https://www.flickr.c...th/16476507886/