Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Square

French Haute cuisine


With two Michelin stars and countless awards over the years, The Square is perhaps one of the most loved French food institutions in London beside the legendary Le Gavroche. Phil Howard is one of the greatest British chefs, and under him he has trained up some supreme talents such as Brett Graham at The Ledbury and Rob Weston at La TrompetteThis is my second visit to The Square, having eaten there about three years ago.

The Square
canapes
game consomme with game canapes
terrine of Dover sole & smoked eel, pickled cucumber,
tarama and caviar

My 5 Spirit Christmas Gift Guide Ideas

Christmas Gift Guide


1) Grand Marnier Limited Edition


Grand Marnier is the perfect addition to any Christmas cocktail. The bitter orange flavours are enhanced by the cognac with nuances of orange marmalade and hazelnuts. Grand Marnier Limited Edition continues to celebrate their French heritage and ensure Christmas remains special with their new Limited Edition Bottle. This annual treat is available from October at £26.05 for a 70cl bottle.

http://www.alexanderandjames.com/

2) François Voyer XO Cognac


François Voyer is a Cognac producer originating from a family of winegrowers, and are now into their fifth generation. Aging takes place in 100% Limousin oak, and is always extended far beyond the minimum requirements, resulting in delicate yet powerful cognacs with incredible complexity. The XO has a wonderful floral notes & pronounced rancio. Complex & balanced palate of spice, fruit, flowers & wood. An exceptionally long & elegant finish.


http://www.amathusdrinks.com/

3) Zacapa XO Rum



Zacapa rum is produced high up in the verdant Guatemalan countryside, under a dramatic backdrop of soaring mountains and active volcanoes; Zacapa is exceptional in that unlike most rum that uses molasses, Zacapa is produced using only the sweetest, first pressing of sugar cane juice, referred to as ‘virgin honey.’  Zacapa rum uses a Solera System aging process, with the rum being laid to rest in selected barrels that previously aged Bourbons, Sherries and Pedro Ximenez wines; in the case of XO, the aging occurs in restored French Oak barrels.

http://www.alexanderandjames.com/

4) Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye

The famed Sazerac Coffee House was founded in 1850 on Exchange Alley in New Orleans, Louisiana and soon gained fame as the home of “America’s First Cocktail” known as the Sazerac. Using rye whiskey in place of the French brandy, a dash of Peychaud Bitters, and Herbsaint, what eventually became the official cocktail of New Orleans was created. This straight rye has a mellow spice and dry sweetness that dances on the tongue, giving pure delight that is worthy of the Sazerac name.

http://freespace.virgin.net/vintagehouse.co/

5)  Glenmorangie Dornoch Single Malt Scotch (exclusive for duty free)

Inspired by the unique natural environment surrounding the Glenmorangie's Distillery, Dr Bill Lumsden set out to encapsulate the essence of the Dornoch Firth in a special Limited Edition release. Representing the often wild, wind-swept coastline, Dr Bill created a robust spirit, extra matured in Amontillado Sherry butts. But to reflect the occasional tranquility of the Firth, he also crafted an elegant spirit using 1st fill American White Oak casks to bring layers of distinctive floral, vanilla and citrus notes.

http://www.worlddutyfree.com/our-products/wine-and-spirits.html

Monday, 15 December 2014

Angler

Seafood in the City


Angler is a modern British seafood restaurant just off Moorgate station in London, part of the premium restaurant group D&D's portfolio and located on the top floor of the South Place Hotel. It gained a Michelin star in the 2014 guide and retained it in 2015. I am a big seafood lover and found top class seafood restaurants lacking in London so Angler offered me high hopes especially after such an awful meal at Outlaw at the Capital.

Angler
awesome cocktails
smoked salmon, beetroot jelly, creamed horseradish
risotto of pumpkin & sage, roasted monkfish

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Launceston Place

Personal favourite


Holder of 4 AA Rosettes and a Michelin star (Which really should be two), Launceston Place is my personal favourite restaurant in London, in terms of price vs quality, it is simply the best in what London has to offer for me. If you are seeking a top notch fine dining experience without seeing red in your bank statement, I can't think of a better place than Launceston Place.

eel, beetroot and buttermilk
Epoisses gougeres
Iced caramelised celeriac

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Marcus

Causal fine dining


Marcus Wareing is pretty much the chef of the moment right now, acting as the main judge on the BBC show Master Chef The Professional, he's also just opened Tredwell's in Leicester Square. His flag ship restaurant had a major revamp this year, with a much more contemporary and casual look. This restaurant was my very first two Michelin stars experience three years ago and it really opened up my eyes on what is the meaning of exquisite food. I was interested to see how the food has progressed after the revamp.

Marcus
canapes
amuse of scallops and crayfish