Let’s face it: my wife and I adore the cuisine of Gordon Ramsay, the iconic British chef known for his outbursts on the Kitchen Nightmares TV show.
Nevertheless, aside from the media hype, his cooking is just excellent, and we’ve tried out several of his concepts both at the Trianon Palace in Paris and at his Michelin-starred restaurant in London called Petrus. So we wanted to try out his signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, just a stone’s throw from our London home.
The restaurant is housed in a traditional Victorian London house, a stone’s throw from the River Thames, less than 15 minutes’ walk from our home.
We’ve passed the restaurant several times, and this extremely private place was very appealing to us.
There’s no particular concept in this restaurant, it’s a gastronomic restaurant, with all that that implies, i.e. perfect service, an exceptional menu, and a wine list composed almost exclusively of grands crus.
As mentioned above, the setting is very pleasant, and above all very private.
From the outside, it’s impossible to see the dining room, which is actually quite small. Only around 15 tables are available, which means you’ll have to wait a long time when you want to make a reservation. In fact, everything is done in two courses at lunchtime and in the evening.
The menu is quite extensive, offering a gourmet tasting menu as well as à la carte dishes.
We’ll choose the tasting menu, with a truffle egg and cheese supplement. No Wine Pairing for us, however, just a glass of rosé champagne as an aperitif.
The meal and the dishes
Here are the different dishes of the menu we have chosen:
- Amuse bouche – Pea tartlet – Pleasing to the eye and to the taste
- Smoked fish: Tastes like candy!
- Caviar, cream of onion soup, potato leaves: Superb balance of tastes and textures
- Tomato broth: Very fruity, excellent for opening the palate
- Summer salad: Really excellent
- Scrambled eggs with truffles: Generous
- Lobster ravioli: perfect, very tasty and fresh with lemon gel
- Turbot: perfect cooking, excellent tomato purée
- Duck – Excellent, sauce not too sweet
- Perfect cheeses, original crackers
- Elderflower pre-dessert: very fresh and original Shaved Ice
- Dessert – Tarte tatin for two, certainly the best in the world
- Mignardises in the form of chocolates, but we can’t take it anymore!
The service was excellent, and even though we arrived slightly before the service started, we were seated at our table.
The only downside was that one waitress lacked a smile during service, and I think the table next to her even complained about it.
The restaurant has a very secretive atmosphere, with no loud voices and a low profile.
An excellent experience worthy of a Michelin three-star, but both I and my wife have a slight preference for his Michelin one-star restaurant, Pétrus, which we visited just after the confinement.