While my wife and I are between two business trips, we had booked in this new address of the iconic English chef, and forgot to cancel before the 3 fateful days… So we had to go there at the risk of not being able to get the £150 deposit per person for the table… And we didn’t regret it, because it was a no-fail!
1890, for the birth date of Auguste Escoffier, the French chef who symbolized the “new cuisine” and who marked the training of all the great chefs of today.
Gordon Ramsay pays tribute to the legendary chef with a reference to his signature recipes.
The restaurant is located in the Savoy Hotel, an iconic property in the English capital. The interior has been updated, but shares all the spaces of the hotel with the pompous decoration. Not my taste.
There is no menu, as a single tasting menu is served. Nevertheless, a personalized paper copy (with the wines or the options taken) is distributed at the end of the meal, superb!
The meal and the dishes
The meal is served in 9 separate courses:
Lobster mousse cone: Superbly balanced
Smoked cheese soufflé: excellent
Dried crepe with red beet : very good, but a bit too much vinegar
Fresh herbs, candied tomatoes: very fresh, reminds me of the Petrus salad
Tomato consommé, olive oil: surprising but very balanced
Bread with honey, salted butter: I had doubts but it is just succulent
Starter: Brittany lobster, shiitake mushroom, truffled lobster bisque: superb balance of flavors
Fish : Turbot Véronique, beurre blanc with champagne and caviar : very fine, interesting sweet and salty balance
Meat : Rib of beef with bordelaise sauce, black truffle, Burgundy snail : superb, and the truffle (in supplement) really brings a plus
Cheese : Comté 24 months of maturing, golden apple : excellent combination
Pre-dessert: Raspberry Melba: very refreshing
Dessert : Floating island : just superb, the strawberry custard balance is perfect
Mignardise : Tropezienne : a little dry
The service was just perfect, worthy of a 3 star Michelin, with a steady pace between courses.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is very subdued, as only 10 tables are available. Intimate but not intimidating.
An experience worthy of at least 2 Michelin stars. We’ll be back for sure!