In the space of a few weeks, I returned again to The Ledbury for a fifth visit to try its tasting menu after one of the finest set lunch experiences in London. Voted the 10th best restaurant in the world and holder of two Michelin stars, The Ledbury is the very best that London has to offer and I was very excited to go back and experience how the tasting menu had developed over the year.
|tomato, pineapple, datterio, cheese and green tomato juice|
A selection of canapes were introduced just like the set lunch menu before the actual tasting menu kicked in, the signature dish flame grilled mackerel with pickled cucumber kept on delivering just like a year ago, the fish itself was seasoned to perfection and the richness and balance of flavours was just spot on. The native lobster with cauliflower was a lobster dish at its finest, it was fresh and surprisingly worked wonders with the earthy profile of the shiitake.
|flame grilled mackerel with pickled cucumber|
|hand dived scallops, shiitake and sherry|
|native lobster with cauliflower|
|jowl of pork, carrots, girolles and crackling|
The best dish on the day by far was the breast and confit leg of pigeon, the meat was so moist and tender, lovely richness from the breast while the leg had a lovely smoky aroma and crispy texture. The baked beetroots and the fruity blackcurrant leaves worked extremely well together with the meat, and it was easily the best meat dish I've ever eaten in London. The dessert of strawberry tart was beautifully presented, the pastry work was excellent, the honey cream and strawberries ice cream had a lovely balance of sourness and sweetness. The desserts at The Ledbury took a very different approach compared to my previous visits but I really liked what I both saw and tasted.
|breast and confit leg of pigeon, beetroots, lardo and gin|
|brown sugar tart with stem ginger ice cream|
What I paid:
£140 with 1 glass of wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
Lunch menu: £50
Tasting menu: £115
27 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ