Thursday, 18 September 2014

Pudding Bar

Sweet treats


Desserts seem to be the next hot food trend in London, and the Pudding Bar in Soho might well be one of the first that kick off such a trend. Already a hot spot for bloggers and with a large amount of positive media coverage, it serves nothing but desserts and drinks, and sounded like an interesting concept and one that I can really think is going to work out. To get a chance to try all the desserts, I went for the tasting menu which is a giant plate of five different sweet treats. 


The chon buns were the weakest by far, it was very ordinary with no excitement in any form whatsoever. The best dessert was easily the earl grey tea panna cotta, the herbal tea notes infused wonderfully with a mild fruity kick from the brandy snap. Pudding bar's dessert was a bit of a mixed bag, there were some great elements but also fault dishes at the same time. Time will tell if it can be a great success and become the trend setter of dessert only venues.

  

Food 4

Service 3
Ambience 3
Value 4

£15 per head with a glass of wine


26 Greek Street, W1

http://www.puddingbar.co.uk/


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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hibiscus

Creative fine French


Claude Bosi's 2 star Michelin restaurant on Maddox Street really needs no introduction any more, it is regarded as one of the top fine dining restaurants in London and has just reached new heights by coming 5th in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015, scoring a 9/10. As I am a big fan of Hibiscus, I felt it has been far too long since I last visited so I grabbed a few foreign friends to showcase to them what high level French food is like in London.
canpes
and more!
mango foie gras

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Launceston Place

2 stars in the making


Launceston Place, the crown jewels of the D&D restaurant group and perhaps one of the best restaurants in London is a personal favourite of mine. From the lovely and informal services to the excellent food, Launceston Place guarantees high levels of fine dining experiences at amazing values. This time we had a special 10 course tasting menu for a birthday occasion for my 6th visit, and again it turned out to be such an incredible evening.  
canapes
heritage tomatoes, grain mustard and cauliflower
Iberico ham, lardo, cep and fig
quail, newcorn, verjus, truffle and... 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Rivea

Refreshing small plates


Rivea is a new Italian restaurant by the world famous chef Alain Ducasse, located inside the super posh Bulgari Hotel which has a lovely staircase leading to the main restaurant space. Food is served on small plates like tapas size with the waiter suggesting ordering between four to five dishes each. At lunchtime they offer a pretty good deal at £35 for 4 courses and tea or coffee which is what we went for.
Rivea
Marinated sea bream, citrus
Buffalo mozzarella, courgette and basil
Warm octopus and potato salad
Red mullet, confit tomatoes, olives

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Gauthier Soho

Fine French in Soho


Gauthier Soho is a household name in the ever busy Soho district, it has a reputation of serving some well refined classic French food in an intimate setting. I had a big gathering there not long ago and had the large group menu, but knowing large group is never ideal to truly taste what a restaurant can really deliver, I headed back for its tasting menu after discovering it had a two for one offer from its newsletter. 

canapes
foie gras and peach
scallop and girolle
black summer truffle