Still my no 1 choice in London
|Trout, yuzu, orange
|Scallop and artichoke
|mackerel, ginger, dashi
|Egg, black garlic and trampette mushrooms
|Seabass, radish, brown butter, caviar
The trout tartare was one of the stand-out dishes of the day. Fresh with interesting flavours from the yuzu and dashi, it worked perfectly as a cold starter. Wild seabass was a dish packed with powerful umami flavour. The fish itself was cooked just right, very flaky and moist. The brown butter and caviar added depth of richness to take the dish to another level, what is not to love. The meat course of the day was a Chinese water deer loin, the meat was as tender as you can get for a deer dish, it came with a lovely bone marrow and peppercorn sauce, bold and flavorsome, just exceptional.
|Mushrooms, potatoes, yeast
|Deer, bone marrow, tongue and pumpkin
|Miso and chocolate
|White truffle on malt ice cream
What I really like about The Ledbury is that while it is not the most technical restaurant or has the best presentation in London. Flavour wise it is the best for me. For me, it offers the best value for money when I compare it to any other 2 to 3 stars venues in London. In fact, I would the food quality is just as good, if not better than any London 3 stars. Put the star's drama aside, The Ledbury is just a bloody good place to eat when I seek a special occasion, 11 years later, it is still my no 1 spot.
Average cost without drinks and services:
Tasting menu: £195 (lunch)
27 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ