[London] 2* The Ledbury - Best Restaurant in London
Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (5/5)
The last leg of our Europe trip this time was London where we ate at a number of restaurants, and I wanted to start my reviews with the best experience we had which was at The Ledbury! With 2 Michelin stars and named #27 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants, it's often touted as the best restaurant in London and after my visit, I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree! Located in Notting Hill, the restaurant checked off everything you look for in a fine dining restaurant - the decor was classy, the food was impressive and most of all, the service was simply impeccable! Everyone we interacted were super friendly and did everything that they could to made sure we had a good dining experience. For dinner, an 8-course tasting menu (£145) and a 4-course dinner menu (£120) where you can choose your own dishes are offered, and we opted for the latter so we can try different dishes between the 2 of us.
We started off the meal with three amuse bouches - smoked cod cream, guinea fowl puff with mead jelly and Muntjac dumplings served on fir leaves. All three appetizers were delicious but the Muntjac (deer) dumplings easily stole our hearts with its rich and delicate flavors.
Wheat bread and butter
Both the Chantilly of Oyster with tartare of sea bream and frozen English wasabi and White Beetroot baked in clay, English caviar and smoked and dried eel were refreshing in their own ways.
The Warm Bantam's Egg with celeriac, dried ham, arbois and truffle was full of umami flavors while the Steamed Cuttlefish with garlic and radish had been cooked just right.
Initially I had a hard time choosing between the lobster and the deer so I asked the staff who recommended the deer, but they ended up surprisingly us by letting us try the Native Lobster anyway! So glad that I got to try it because it was really delicious as the shiitake mushrooms and rosemary cracker complimented the lobster perfectly.
The Aged Pigeon with cherries, red leaves and vegetables had been aged for 14-15 days and was definitely one of the best pigeon dishes we ever had along with the ones at Azurmendi and Odette.
The Berkshire Roe Buck with hen of the woods, smoked bone marrow and pickled wild hops was highly recommended by the staff as the Chef Brett Graham is a keen huntsman and lists roe buck as one of his favorite ingredients to cook with!
Pre-desserts of passionfruit cream and mini donut before our final fourth course.
The Brown Sugar Tart with stem ginger ice cream looked simple but tasted utterly divine while the Gariguette and Wild Strawberries with rose jelly and clotted cream was refreshingly sweet - I was surprised at how delicious the clotted cream ice cream was!
Petit Fours of Eucalyptus and chocolate to end the meal.
127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AQ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7792 9090http://www.theledbury.com/
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