45 Brook Street
London W1K 4HR
Tel: 020 7499 0099
Lest one be confused from the glut of choices available within London’s fine-dining scene, a way of cutting to the chase is to choose a restaurant with the chef’s name in it. This might not necessarily guarantee he/she is cooking in the kitchen but it does serve as a stamp of quality of sorts. Lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Claridge’s Hotel was pleasant, with front-of-house service well worthy of its two Michelin stars.
Smoked Haddock Tartlet and Poached Egg, Creme Fraiche and Caviar
We had the set-lunch (£30) that day. There wasn’t anything terribly wrong with the way things tasted, but the execution was slightly shaky. The haddock tartlet and poached egg starter came out with the egg “well-done”. Some of us had it sent back. It came back in a much better shape, with the richness of the cream and molten yolk blending superbly with the smoked fish.
Gloucestor Old Spot Pork Loin with Primavera Vegetables and Apple JusPan Fried Fillet of Bream with Mussels, Courgette and Saffron VelouteLeg of Cumbrian Lamb with Tomato Tart Tatin, Swiss Chard and Onion Jus
The rest of the lunch went on without a hitch. The pork loin and apple jus was a marriage of classic flavours and the fillet of bream in saffron veloute was rich and indulgent. The Cumbrian lamb spoke for itself in terms of freshness.
Lemon Tart with Creme FraicheDark Chocolate with a honeycomb sphere and milk chocolate sauceLavender and White Chcolate Creme Brulee with Lemon Madeleines
Dessert was more spectacle than food. The lemon tart was garnished with pretty summer flowers, and the dark chocolate sculpted into an orb, melted down by pouring hot milk chocolate sauce onto it. The creme brulee sported a rather nice touch with the lavender accent in it. Otherwise, the dessert tasted like you would expect them to taste, so don’t expect anything too innovative! Go to Dinner by Heston for that 😀