January – The best bits or bites.

What a month.

Two places didn’t get mentioned through. The Drawing Room at the Club at the Ivy because it’s a members only club and The Butchers Arms in Priors Hardwick because it was the set menu for New Years Day and not the A La Carte which wouldn’t be a fair representation so it just gives me an excuse to go back.

So the best bits for me…

Best Amuse Bouche by a country mile was the foie gras, port reduction and parmesan foam at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. In boxing terms it was a no contest.

Best starter is a really close call but I’ve narrowed it down to three, the langoustine tails at The Square, the steak tartar from the Savoy Grill and the prawn toast with foie gras from Hakassan Mayfair. I’m really struggling to pick one here as they are all so good, really good. After more thought than I’ve put into words here it has to be the langoustine from The Square. Two Star michelin cooking at its best but that tartar from the Savoy Grill was amazing and very nearly won just on texture.

Best fish course… The prawn cake from Hakassan Mayfair didn’t come close!! Loved my devil’s crayfish from the Braseria in Swansea, the miso glazed salmon at Sexy Fish was good but it was a run away win for The Square and the Sea Bass with lovage spätzle.

Best meat course… Is it the Quail from L’Atelier or the Fillet from Chiltern Firehouse. This was another close call, the fillet was stunningly good, full of smokey flavor but the quail matched it for taste and exceeded it with impeccable technique.

Best dessert is another close call, I guess this is what happens when you try and compare Michellin starred restaurants. L’Atelier and Mont Blanc, Chiltern Firehouse and Key Lime Pie or Hakassan Mayfair and the milk chocolate and cashew nut parfait. I loved them all, Mont Blanc had taste, texture and presentation, the key lime pie from Chiltern was sublime and surprising but my winner (and this is going to take some beating for the year) is the parfait from Hakassan Mayfair. It had everything you could want in a dessert and if anything betters it this year, I’ll be very happy.

Best bits for Bev, her words, my typing….

‘I’ll skip the appetizers, as I have most of them so the best starter for me has been the Langoustine’s from the square, it beat everyone. Full stop.

The mains (She’s a Pescetarian so it’s only ever going to be fish or Veg here) was between the Salmon  from Chiltern with the excellent side of truffled polenta or the deep fried monk fish with lovely chips from the Brasaria in Swansea. It’s got to be the posh fish and chips by the sea for me, I was never a fan of monkfish but now I’m a convert and those chips really are lovely.

For the cheese boards and they have been numerous, I’m not a great one for sweet desserts, despite the cow pat smelling one from the Chiltern Firehouse they came top.”

February is going to be a bit quieter, as I write this we’ve only been to Fade Street Social – The Gastro Bar in Dublin this month but we do have both of Tom Kerridge’s “pubs” coming up.

Adam & Beverley xx


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