Saturday, October 22, 2011

Not Hell's Kitchen: Our Experience Dining at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

After nine seasons of watching contestants try to make a perfect beef wellington to meet Chef Ramsay's standards, I just had to see what all the fuss was about! Tim booked us a reservation for Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and off we went to the lavish restaurant for a once in a lifetime meal.

We both opted for the three course meal, which was more like nine courses by the time we were done!

After deciding on our first courses, the sommelier brought an iPad with the wine list on it. We chose the 2009 Malbec from Argentina.

Lobster ravioli
We began the meal with an amuse bouche of delicate breadsticks served with hummus and a yellow tomato mustard. Next, compliments of the chef, was a vegetable connsome that had an almost sweet after taste. Then we were served beef carpaccio with foie gras mousse rolled in shaved truffle and Parmesan on toast. Our first courses then arrived: thai-spiced lobster ravioli in a lemongrass, lime and coconut broth for me and roasted loin of rabbit for Tim.

Bread choices were onion, olive and potato with homemade lemon and curry butters. The onion with the curry butter was fantastic!

Beef Wellington
Finally our beef wellington (only served for two) arrived and our waiter carved it table-side. A traditional British dish, it is a perfectly seared piece of beef tenderloin wrapped with parma ham and encompassed by a light puffy pastry shell. It practically melted in our mouth.

Of course, the surprises weren't yet over. We each received pre-dessert of passionfruit mousse, sorbet and foam with a pistachio biscuit.  For our actual desserts, I ordered the pecan and coffee soufflĂ© with rum and raisin ice cream and Tim ordered the dark chocolate pear and cinnamon sphere. The waiter poured a hot milk sauce over the dark chocolate sphere table-side, releasing the aromas of the pear and cinnamon.

Pecan and coffee soufflé
Dessert was followed by one last surprise: an assortment of homemade chocolate truffles and marshmallows.

Although we both left stuffed, everything was delicious and it is a meal we will always remember.

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