Saturday, October 09, 2010

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road

Yesterday evening, Keenan and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary! As a wedding gift, one of our couple friends gave us the most delicious culinary gift – a thoughtful gift voucher to Gordon Ramsey’s on Royal Hospital Road. Our friends went to Mr. Ramsey’s fine three-star Michelin-rated restaurant a few years ago while visiting London and loved their experience and thought this would be the perfect gift for the newly-weds bound for London. Thank you so much for the generous gift -- it is definitely one of our most memorable dining experiences! Thank you!

It is difficult to get reservations for Mr. Ramsey's flagship restaurant located in the glamorous neighbourhood of Chelsea; somehow we manage to get a 10PM reservation when we called back in August. It was a wonderful evening, even with Keenan's cold -- the atmosphere and décor was lovely, the service was superb, and the food was divine. We opted for the seven course tasting menu with the cheese supplement paired with a bottle of the 2006 Chateau Bauduc Bordeaux Red. Amazing! 

We started with two complimentary courses: canapés of two dips with Belgian endives and crackers; and scallop tartar with caviar over a broccoli puree. Then, we moved on to the tasting menu, which was worth every pence:
  • Pressed foie gras with peppered Madeira jelly, smoked duck, peach and almond crumble
  • Ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon poached  in a light bisque, with a tomato chutney
  • Fillet of turbot with braised baby gem lettuce and cep sauce   
  • Keenan had the Cannon of Cornish lamb with confit shoulder, ratatouille and thyme ju and I had the Roasted pigeon from Bresse with grilled polenta, smoked pork belly and date sauce 
Selection of cheeses: We like hard, nutty cheeses, goat cheese and strong blue cheeses.

We also had a sampling of six different types of desserts to celebrate our anniversary and dessert wine, which led us to a diabetic coma, but it was so delicious!: 
  • Passion fruit mousse 
  • Refreshing sorbet and sponge cake 
  • White chocolate strawberry, champagne and elderflower soup 
  • Bitter chocolate and hazelnut cylinder with ginger mousse and blackcurrant granite 
  • Carrot cake with Turkish delights
  • Signature Gordon Ramsey’s truffles 
We were the last guests to leave the restaurant at 1:15 AM so we had an opportunity to chat with the staff and thank them individually for a wonderful evening. With our stomach full of delciousness, we were ready to hit the pillow. What a lovely evening! Thank you BG and LT! Thanks for all the wonderful anniversary wishes. Cheers to many more! 

Love, K + L

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