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What is it about me?
When I go to an upmarket restaurant I get given a horrible table. I
recently went to the 2 Michelin star restaurant called The Ledbury
and was made to sit by the staff workstation and this was not the
first time this has happened. Maybe it's the way I dress, maybe I
look like a chav and they want to keep me hidden from the other
customers. Yesterday, I went to an upmarket restaurant called
Lutyens for lunch, (apparently it's pronounced Lutch Yens but for me
it's Lut Yens – have I answered my own chav question.......?) and
was sat by the workstation. I asked to move and so they moved us to
the next table, which was a foot further away from the workstation. I
was in a very irritable mood and so threw my toys out the pram (threw
a tantrum) and asked to be moved to somewhere else and the staff were
very accommodating and moved us away from the workstation.
Once settled down at
the table I upset the staff again, by asking for a Hendricks gin and
tonic, but was given a Tanqueray Gin and tonic. I moaned at the staff
that they got it wrong but then had to eat my words and apologise to
the staff as my friends advised me that I did order - oops. I had to work my charm and I think I brought the staff around
that I wasn't a bit stupid.
Violet Artichoke Vinaigrette
My friend, Jeff,
ordered Oysters as his stater, they looked really large and thick and
he said they were very good. I ordered the veal terrine, which had a
nice strong meaty flavour, but the highlight was the fig chutney. My
other friend, Lyd, ordered violet artichoke vinaigrette. The
artichoke were hearts, but they had left the tough outer leaves on
them and I thought this was a real cheek considering the £12 price
tag. When paying a high price I expect high standards of food and
shouldn't have to spit out the tough leaves. The dish also didn't
look very appetising, see picture.
For my main I ordered
the grouse, which was perfectly cooked and it's dark flesh had a
strong gamey flavour. At £28.50 I shouldn't have been expected to
have to pay another £4 for a side dish of French beans, which were,
firm, crunchy and buttery. The grouse came with bread sauce which
was devine.You could taste just a hint of cloves in the background
which complimented the dark strong meat. Jeff ordered the halibut
with fennel purée and a lobster sauce. It was moist and firm and the
very deep flavoured lobster sauce didn't overpower it. Lyd had the
rotisserie of half a chicken, which was also perfectly cooked, crispy
skin with moist flesh. The home made sage and onion stuffing and
thyme gravy helped to enhance the flavour of the chicken.
Halibut with Fennel Puree and Lobster Sauce
Jeff and myself
finished the meal with a portion of cheese, shared between the two of
us and Lyd had the chocolate fondant. Sometimes when you have a
cheese board it is lacking in variety but we where given 5. The soft
cheese was very aromatic (which almost made Lyd run out of the room
as she hates cheese as much as I love it). The goats cheese was very
intense. I had a bit of the fondant and it tasted a bit watery, but
Lyd said it was well cooked, with a bitter taste and good gooey
centre and the choclate truffle ice cream was incredible.
Rotisserie of Chicken
Although the meal was
okay, I was not overblown by it, but it could have been because I was
in a really irritable mood and was just looking for fault from the
very start. With this in mind I will have to try it out again, that
is going to be a hardship – NOT.