October 24, 2012

London Time - Part II

This London post is dedicated to my favorite past-time...

There are so many amazing restaurants in London,
that narrowing them down to a mere dozen was one of the hardest aspects about planning our trip.
Whoever said that the UK had horrible food clearly wasn't looking hard enough.
The city is packed with choices of michelin star caliber,
and we were on a mission to try out as many of them as possible.

We started off our culinary voyage as soon as we got to London.
After we checked in at our hotel,
we crossed the street and arrived at the our first destination, The Delaunay.
What a great way to start off!
My taste buds were snapped out of jet lag as soon as I placed the first tender bite of Steak Tartare in my mouth.
The husband, always a sucker for a toasty sandwich, ordered the Croque Madame, and was equally pleased.

That same night we treated ourselves to our first five-course dinner experience at the Petrichor,
located within the beautiful Cavendish hotel, in the center of Picadilly and Mayfair.
And thus begun our obsession with stretched out dining experiences.
It took us nearly three hours to get through our meal,
and we happily enjoyed every minute of it.
A few dishes that stand out from that night include:
Scottish Scallops and the Wicks Manor Pork Belly.
Most importantly, if you plan to visit the Petrichor, don't miss out on the cocktails!
The Grey Goose Le Fizz and the Vanilla Spring were exquisite.

The next night we treated ourselves to another multiple course dinner at One Twenty One Two,
one of London's most celebrated restaurants located within the Royal Horseguards Hotel.
The ambiance was so romantic.. we were nestled into our own private booth for hours,
while the attentive staff brought us course after course of delicious entrees.
If you plan on visiting, I recommend the beef medallions and the duck,
both of which Erik deemed as "un-flippin-believable".

We couldn't visit London without checking out one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants.
I mean, the guy's a legend,
and after dining at Maze, I can understand why.
Pictured above, in clockwise order from the top left:
Ramsay's take on the ceviche,
braised feather blade of beef, pomme purée, shimeji mushroom, with togarashi spice,
quail, confit leg, girolles, with smoked sweet corn veloute,
pressed duck and foie gras, flat peaches, Sauternes gel and bitter almond,
and pork dumplings with radish, in aromatic mushroom broth.
Not pictured is the apple terrine, rhubarb and custard ice cream,
because in all honestly it just looked too delicious, so all picture-taking was out the door.
I highly, highly recommend this restaurant.
French cuisine with Asian influences? Right. On. Point.
There were several dishes that we just HAD to check off our British bucket list,
and a traditional English breakfast was definitely on there.
After a brisk walk across the Millennium Bridge,
we found a spot to enjoy a warm cappuccino along with a savory breakfast with a view that was hard to beat. 
Situated along the River Thames, Founders Arms is a modern pub that offers great food without any fuss.

And now for the grand finale...
Proudly wearing two Michelin stars,
Sketch is definitely a place to remember.
This is where you go to see and be seen.
You've probably seen the famous egg shaped bathrooms on TV recently,
(I know I'm not the only fan of the Real Housewives of New York out there).
Just check out this decor!
My eyes were darting around in every direction,
until my food came, that is.
Once that plate was placed in front of me,
my eyes closed, and with each bite, I was transported to la-la land.

Erik ordered the roast leg of lamb with garlic, paimpol coco beans, crunchy onions and sage with aubergine caviar,
while I feasted on the duck magret with maniguette pepper, peach caramelised with sweet wine, corn ice cream and coconut milk.
Wow.. is all I can say.
This place definitely earned its recognition.

I'll finish this post off with a quote:
 “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” 
-Virginia Woolf

Preach sista!


1 comment:

Colleen Brynn said...

All that food looks incredible... And I don't particularly like British food (they aren't known for their culinary prowess... ) I do love a good traditional English breakfast!