A week before our trip, by some sheer miracle, we were able to obtain a seating for 4 at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. To say it was the absolutely highlight of our entire trip is an understatement. For anyone living under a rock, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is one of the highest regarded restaurants in the world, holding 3 Michelin stars since 2001.
As usual, we're gonna dive into the food and then tell you about our luxurious experience at the end. We chose the a la carte menu at £120 per person. We were expecting three dishes each and were quite surprised when these delectables started arriving at our table. We're posting in arrival order so pay attention to the titles.
The first of our Surprise No. 1 was this crisp with pickled trout roe and fresh creme and dill. It was a very simple and flavourful dish. It reminded us of an exquisite version of a childhood favourite. The spontaneous popping of the fish roe with the cream and dill was a delightful bite.
Remember, these were off the menu so we only caught some of the ingredients but this is the jamonico ham and pork in a crisp. This was a very intense flavour of ham and saltiness, with a strong crunchy texture. The red powder was fine and created a dry taste. Not our favourite out of the three surprises.
The third surprise was this kingfish sushi with yuzu jelly. This was a very interesting twist to a bite size piece. The fish was super fresh and tasted like it came straight from the fish market. The yuzu had a unique and sweet taste. The only downside was that the bite ended too soon - it was a really small piece of sushi, probably the size of the cap from a water bottle.
The fundamentals of any fine dining, the bread and butter. Let's start with the butter. It was very soft and easily spreadable. The flavour was light and not too overwhelmingly salty. The sourdough (right) was well cooked, with a nice crunch. It was probably the best sourdough we have tasted.
The brioche (left) was definitely the highlight of the three. It was savoury with an umami flavour. It was soft and melted in our mouths when complimented with the butter. We actually asked for more brioche three more times (rookie mistake, filling up on the bread lol).
Sorry for this warped picture. It's very hard to let the camera eat first in such a classy place. We ordered the 2014 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino, a red wine produced in the Tuscany region of Italy. It had a bold and strong aroma. It did not have a heavy taste, making it really easy for a non-wine-drinker, like Christina, to easily scull it down. There was no bitter aftertaste. It paired really well with our protein dishes.
This was smoked cheddar with pickled onions and chives in an egg. It was a nice twist with a nutty flavour. There was a fermentation taste to it, giving a slight hint of an alcohol flavour.
We finally get to what we actually ordered lol. Our first starter for our group was the ravioli, with lobster, langoustine, salmon, and sorrel. This was smooth as fuck. It had an intense goodness of lobster flavour and a nice bite size chunk of lobster filling our mouths. The ravioli pastry was soft. The green sauce added a sweet touch to this gooey deliciousness. Michael regrets not ordering it.
Michael and I both chose the pressed foie gras, with clementine and hazelnuts. If you know French food, you would know duck is their specialty. This was very similar yet different to Heston's meat fruit. It was much lighter but still had an intense flavour hit. The interesting twist was the use of clementine pieces, which cut through the fatty foie gras with their sweetness. Michael could eat this all day.
This is the scallops from the Isle of Skye, composed of Ajo Blanco, Verjus, and Manni olive oil. Our friend loved this dish. He said it was cooked to perfection on the inside and nicely seared on the outside. The sauce complimented the fish very well and the garnish was perfect.
The boys agreed to order this pasta with cream cheese and shaved truffle dish and wow, there was some envy coming from the girl's side. The truffle was not a strong pungent flavour we were used to back home. It was very light and went really well with the cream and cheese of the pasta. This was a well put- together dish that really melted in your mouth with goodness. The pasta was made fresh. It was not al dante but given the flavours of the dish, the texture was perfect and soft. It was a simple dish that tasted really good. The only regret was not getting the larger serving.
Our first main is the sucking pig: a crispy pork belly, with roasted loin, spiced shoulder sausage, chou farci, and crushed potatoes. This was like a savoury party, with each component tasting like its own mini dish. From the left, it was a savoury and sweet piece of the pig, with the tender meat falling off the bone easily. The middle was the soft, crispy pork belly and it was nicely complimented by the brussel sprouts. Michael never eats brussel sprouts so you know its good when he eats his veggies. The top, right was the pork sausage which was cooked in a traditional London style, adding a cosy feeling. The bottom, right was the pork slices and it was like eating a pork steak. It was so delicious, juicy and flavourful *licks lips*.
Our second main was the Herdwick lamb with winter vegetables 'navarin'.. There was no stench of lamb or strong after taste. The meat was soft and literally disintegrated as it touched our tongues, It was a very juicy piece of meat, cooked perfectly. The sauce was light and flavourful, not at all oily or greasy.
This is the cornish turbot, a type of fish with potato, leek, black truffle and jus gras. The fish was super soft and very fresh. It was seared on the outside, adding a slight crispiness to the bite. The potato and truffle combination melted the flavourful fish and every bite tasted like heaven.
Look at the selection! We spent 10 minutes trying to decide on which 5 pieces of cheese we should gouge ourselves on. This was an extra payment of £20 for the table. Our friend loves her blue and aged cheese and was able to devour three of these on her own. I picked the safe choice, a cheddar. It had a light smokiness to it, with a creamy finish.
At this point, we were breathing heavily, trying to keep everything we had consumed to stay down in our bodies. This was a pineapple soup. You drink it through the glass straw, which adds a nice cold touch to the soup. It was sweet, frothy and light.
We ordered the caramelised apple Tarte Tartin, with tahitian vanilla ice cream. Our friends love tarte and their eyes were rolling backwards with each bite of this dessert. It was a warm bite of sweetness, melted into the pastry. The ice cream helped to cut through the sugary bite. It was a very filling dessert.
Omg. We were metaphorically dying. The amount of surprise dishes really knocked us back. We were expecting this entire course to fill us the way any fine dining restaurant would. We never expected to end up 8 months heavily pregnant with our food babies.
The three surprises were a red jelly bite, hazelnut and chocolate pieces, and a white chocolate balls. They were not heavily sweet, quite refreshing and added the perfect finish to such a wonderful meal.
The service was spectacular but of course, when you're dining at the best of the best, you would expect no less. The servers would even push the doors open to the toilet for you! Whenever our dishes arrived, there would be at least 3 servers to help clear the table and present the food in front of all four of us spontaneously. It was like watching a robotic army of class and elegance.
The front of house, Juan, was a delightful character. He did an amazing job keeping us entertained and he even promised us a meet-and-greet with Matt Abe but unfortunately, he went home by the time we finished our meal. We did get invited to see the kitchen...
Look at how spotless and organised the kitchen is! They explained that there was never any shouting or chaos in this kitchen during peak hours. Everyone knows their tasks and everyone understands the systematic order of how things get done. We thought we could see Matt but he was in the toilet when we walked through.
Overall, it was an amazing experience. The meal was expensive but it's not like we were going to eat here every weekend. (Although if we were upper class, we definitely would lol). It was definitely worth it. We dined at the restaurant four days into our 3-month-long holiday and it still remains a highlight and the peak of our cuisine trip.
Thank you for the delicious meal, Matt Abe and Gordon Ramsay!