Monday, 15 October 2018

The Ledbury

London's finest

Cornish Cod, Caramelised in Richmond Park Honey and Radishes

This is my 10th visit to The Ledbury, the double Michelin starred restaurant in Notting Hill is simply the best London restaurant for me. It has everything, from top quality cooking, world-class service to the ever-delightful informal and relaxing ambiance. I really don't get why the 2019 Michelin Guide has overlooked The Ledbury as I think this should easily be a 3 stars restaurant if both Waterside Inn and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester is considered 3 stars level. The tasting menu is the way to fully enjoy what The Ledbury is capable of, the amazing thing about this restaurant for me is I have yet to experience a bad dish which is rare in a tasting menu format, everything is either good to excellent and that why I find the restaurant to be so special.

Datterino Tomatoes, Crab, Sorbet and Shiso
White Beetroot, Baked in Clay, English Caviar, Smoked and Dried Eel
Warm Bantam’s Egg, Celeriac, Arbois and Dried Ham

One of the stands out dish was the white beetroot, baked in clay with such a soft, sweet and refined taste. On the other hand, the garnish of caviar and smoked eel added a rich depth umami essence which made a very balanced dish. The native lobster wrapped in shiitake mushroom was unusual but yet somehow it worked wonderfully, the thinly sliced mushrooms released a bags of earthy flavour which really sharpen up the freshness of the lobster, it was a simple looking dish but with so many layers of flavours and texture. For the final main course, I had the belted Galloway beef and it was beef cooking at its best, perfectly seasoned with melting texture, the taste of the salt baked kohlrabi accompany the beef like a treat, along with the garlic chives, which enchased the savory aroma to another level.
Native Lobster, Wrapped in Shiitake
Sweetcorn, lemon, tea and truffle
Belted Galloway Beef, Salt Baked Kohlrabi, Padron and Garlic Chives
Raspberry Tartlet, Chamomile and Vanilla
Brown Sugar Tart, Stem Ginger Ice Cream

Just as expected, The Ledbury delivered another world-class meal, I fully enjoyed every single dishes on the day. What really impressed me is that everything, even the canapes, is so well executed, in both concept and taste. Everything on the plate served a reason, no gimmick whatsoever. The service was as strong as ever, the team really had the perfect balance of professionalism and remaining very casual, they have set the benchmark for me. To sum it up, if you seek a really special dining experience in London, forget about Gordon Ramsay or Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, The Ledbury is where you need to be.

What I paid
£185 with wine

Food 5/5

Executive chef: 

Brett Graham

Average cost without drinks and services:

Lunch menu: £80
Tasting menu: £150

27 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ

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