All reader reviews by Mr CM

Gauthier Soho

Had a leisurely lunch today. Went with the 5 course a la carte with tea paring (£75). Amazing food, some of the best fois gras I have ever had. Great, attentive service. Should be 3 Michelin star!

2012 Makaibari Garden, Darjeeling 2nd flush Grand Reserve.

Classic Foie Gras Terrine Port Jelly & Dandelion Leaves, Foie Gras Brioche.

2012 1st Flush Sencha, Okumidori.

Sicilian Prawns & Sea Urchin Crustacean Medley & Velouté Bonito Flakes, Yuzu Curd & Smoked Broth.

Fillet of Cornish Red Mullet.

2009 Vintage Wild Black.

Anjou Squab Pigeon Pink Roasted Breast & Braised Leg, Fondant Potatoes Grilled Duck Foie Gras, Broad Beans & Thyme, Heart & Liver Jus.

Blood Orange Tartlet Demi-sel Tart, Orange Marmalade & Yogurt.

Saturday, May 04, 2013
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Had lunch there today. Sat at a great seat overlooking Hyde Park. The service was excellent, attentive, friendly and the waiters explained all the dishes.

For starters I had the famous Meat Fruit which tasted just as good as it looked. I particularly liked the Mandarin gel on the outside. They also gave me extra toast to finish off the pate with :)

For mains I had the Spiced Pigeon which has been sous-vided for 2 hours. I rarely get the chance to eat pigeon so this was a real treat and lived up to my expectations.

For dessert I had the Chocolate Bar. i loved the Passion fruit jam at the center!

I then had the Vanilla custard ice cream. I say ice cream, it's vanilla custard frozen using liquid nitrogen. It was delicious with such a distinctive taste.

The final course was Chocolate infused with Earl Grey tea. I love both separately and I can say they work excellently when combined!

Overall I had a great and memorable lunch. I pay £77 in total which is more then the likes of Petrus or Marcus @ Berkeley but well worth the visit.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

I had a Sunday lunch here and to be honest was not that impressed. I mean the food was perfectly acceptable but places like the Maze Grill and Petrus are slightly better value for money.

The service was slow and sitting on my own in the middle of the dining room was awkward. The atmosphere was a typical hotel one, just with more hight class clientele.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 7 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3


Petrus

Dear Mr Ramsay, I wish to thank you and your restaurant team at Petrus for providing a wonderful dining experience at the Chef’s table on 26th February. The head chef Sean and our waitress Natalie provided outstanding food and service and Natalie went above and beyond to make sure our experience was the best it could be and never treated our party with anything less than the utmost professionalism. It is service like this that will keep us coming back to your restaurant again and again.

Course after course arrived cooked to perfection and every item explained to us, it was such a joy watching the chefs cooking and preparing the meals with so much attention to detail. One of our courses was a beef wellington carved at the table and all of us agreed that it was the best beef we had ever eaten. Sean showed us around the kitchen and explained all the different areas and also introduced the staff. We also got to prepare our chocolate sphere desserts which was a delightful experience. The food and service was faultless and we cannot wait to go back. We have been to other Gordon Ramsay restaurants but this is the top of my list. Please could you pass on my thanks to Sean and Natalie.

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


maze

Went for lunch today and ordered: Salcombe crab, grapefruit fluid gel, mango, wasabi ice cream

followed by: Cornish lamb rack and shoulder, English garden mint gel

and finished with: Rice pudding, bitter chocolate, orange and thyme marmalade, orange ice cream.

All the dished were amazing, especially the lamb which was so tender and melt-in-the-mouth. The rice pudding was perfect for a cold winter's day! The downside is that is it overpriced compared to places like Petrus and the service was a bit slow.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 3


Petrus

I went there for lunch today. I was given a warm welcome by Jean-Philippe and shown to my table. The amuse bouche was hot onion soup which was nice even though I hate onions!

For starter I had the Shellfish linguini with a lobster and tomato bisque which was absolutely divine!

For mains I had the Sea bream with a fennel and dill salad, apple velouté accompliced with dauphinois potatoes and broccoli. I was surprised at how large the portion was.

For pre-dessert I had small cone filled with ice cream.

For dessert I had Chocolate sphere with milk ice cream and honeycomb which was one of the best dessert I’ve ever had.

My last course was a wonderful visual spectacle. It was a bowl of cold nitrogen filled with white chocolate ice lollies!

Overall the food was excellent with friendly and efficient service.

Friday, October 29, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

I went here for lunch and the place was almost deserted. The food was nice but I suppose it's saying something that the highlight were the freshly baked macaroons! The seats were comfy and there was plenty of light with the service being quick and efficient.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend going here as Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Roussillon are far more superior places to eat.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 1


HIX Mayfair

The food and service was OK, not memorable or outstanding. I had the beef trolley which was nice. The dessert was terrible. Unfortunately, there were two large groups of 15 people either side of me!! But the seat was comfy enough.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 3


Bar Boulud

I had an excellent lunch there today (18/09/10). Since I was on my own they sat me at the bar overlooking the kitchen which was intriguing as I have never seen inside a working kitchen before! I was offered a newspaper and drink then ordered.

For mains I had the Yankee Burger (rilled beef patty with iceberg lettuce tomato, sweet onion, sesame bun, pickle and pommes frites with cheddar cheese). This was one of the best burgers I have ever tasted.

For dessert I had the Coupe Peppermint (flourless chocolate sponge, hot chocolate sauce, mint ice cream, chocolate sorbet) which as absolutely delicious!

The service was very quick and efficient which is ideal for a quick lunch even though it was very busy and noisy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 9


One O One

I had another excellent lunch today but it started off badly. It took me 5 minutes to be shown to my table after waiting at the entrance. The service was OK but not up the the standard of a restaurant like Roussillon as there are too few staff for the number of tables.

For starteds I had the Scallops and Quail eggs which was sublime, I then moved onto the Seared Lobster Tail and Honey Glazed Veal Sweetbread, Saffron Carrot Compote, Citrus and Vanilla Emulsion which was wonderful. For dessert I had the White Chocolate Mousse Juniper Berries, Lemon Sorbet and Soft Gin Tonic Jelly. This was one of the best desserts I have ever had, the tangy freshness of the sorbet complemented the mousse perfectly and the jelly gave a lasting fresh sensation in the mouth.

The 50% deal is a steal as I only paid £32 for 3 courses and water.

Friday, April 30, 2010
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9


Roussillon

I had lunch there today and was surprised with the fantastic food and the exemplary service. I went for the £35 lunch menu which was excellent value. As I do not drink the bottled water and orange juice was free.

The restaurant was not too busy so I had a quiet lunch and the service was attentive, not over zealous and the staff where very friendly and chatty.

The tables are reasonably far apart and the room is light and has a warm feel. The amuse-bouches were interesting while the main dishes were delicious, especially the pork two ways which was beautifully cooked.

Friday, March 05, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Marcus

I went for lunch today at chose the set lunch menu for £38. The amuse bouche was delicious and wetted my tastebuds for the main meal to come. For starters I had the Foie gras ballotine, lime salt, Dorset crab, Braeburn apple, pearl tapioca, coriander cress. Main was Pan fried fillets of lemon sole, crisp rye bread, lardo, celeriac, hazelnut crumbs. The pre-dessert was served and then the dessert of Pan fried fillets of lemon sole, crisp rye bread, lardo, celeriac, hazelnut crumbs. The meal was finished off with a seclection of homemade chocolates.

Overall, the meal was delicious and cooked with classical elegance. The decour was opulent and the service was efficient but discreet (a waiter even turned my butter around so that the unused side was facing me!). I even got a tour of the kitchen and met Marcus himself! I would definitely recommend a visit and I hope to go there again soon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


One O One

This was my first visit to this establishment and I can say i was quite impressed. It was 1300 on a Sunday so there where only a few other customers which meant the place was fairly quite. The service was polite and attentive whith out being too fussed. The chairs where comfy and the tables well spaced in the room which was well lit. I paid £28 for three courses including 50% off which I thought was great value for money.

Les Pains: Plain White with Salt & Olive.

The bread was good: the white bun, light and airy with a chewy crust. i did noy try the brown or the Focaccia. With the warm bread came a duet of butters - one unsalted, the other whipped with salty seaweed - both sourced from buttery Brittany, well creamy Cancale specifically. Those who do not like seafood would hate the latter; it was a savoury, briny beurre strongly suggestive of anchovies, but I, for one, liked its unique sea-fresh tanginess.

Entrée : Norwegian Red King Crab Legs from the Barents Sea Warm with Sweet Chilli-Ginger Sauce.

The crabs where ,as expected, very fresh. The portion was generous with 4 crabs legs and a small body. Since crab is quite a delicate dish I was plesantly surprised as to the balance of the soft crab with the tangy chilli and ginger sauce was divine but not overpowering.

Plat Principal: Slow Cooked Arctic Cod from The Barents Sea Joselito Chorizo Carpaccio and Squid A La Plancha.

The cod was cooked to perfection, the white fish flacky enough to melt in the mouth. The chorizo gave a spicy aftertaste. The squid balanced the softer cod perfectly.

Dessert: Coupe Liégeoise of Dark “Manjari” Chocolate Coffee and Salt Caramel Ice Cream.

Two dark chocolate brownies came straddling a sizeable scoop of salty caramel ice cream, all buried under coffee-cocoa crème and atop a heap of honeycomb crumbs, with a dark chocolate shard as decoration. The ethereally light mousse carried a smooth, cool coffee taste, whilst the ice cream boasted of strong toffee. The dense duo of warm, moist brownies were very, very good; the dark Madagascan Manjari was not bitter, but faintly fruity instead. The saccharine honeycomb was brittle and clung affectionately to my teeth. A big mouthful brought with it a wealth of textures and temperatures; from cold to cool to warm and thick to frothy to creamy to crunchy. Digressing…is it only me who thinks this looks rather strikingly like a tank?

Monday, February 09, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe

Boxwood’ s design of leaf green, bittersweet brown and silver tea paper are intended to invoke the hallmark colours of an English garden. However, tearooms in country houses accomplish this with far more success and at a far more modest price.

The restaurant’s ambience is meant to be one of traditional service mixed with a relaxed atmosphere. On this note, I expected the service to be far less casual however it was the last serving before closing time but that should be no excuse.

On the topic of food, I chose the a la carte menu as the set menu was extremely limited. As this was a business lunch I decided to omit the starter and advance straight onto the main course of steamed fillet of wild sea bass with cockles, mussels, leeks and chorizo. Sea bass is one of my favorite fish and it was a paragon of excellence, along with the cockles and mussels, which were all nonpareil.

The apogee of the meal was the dessert menu which was extremely alluring so I opted for the seductively sounding warm chocolate fondant with salt caramel and iced almond milk. The gooey chocolate and cameral had a piquant flavor and was overwhelming luscious.

The portions were adequately balanced and the meal was superior value for money compared to Gordon Ramsey’s other restaurants which are excessively overpriced.

Thursday, May 17, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7


Fifteen

Jamie Oliver’s dyslexia and resulting lack of academic qualifications meant that he had to leave school and train as a chef at the age of 16. Years later as an established chef, this was to drive the creation of Fifteen to inspire and encourage disadvantaged young people to shape a career in the restaurant industry. Fifteen therefore emerged as a hotbed of future culinary talent.

The restaurant’s philosophy is of using fresh ideas and serving Italian Mediterranean food. The mouth-watering menus change frequently and draw on only the freshest seasonal produce. Looking like a scene from a sci-fi flick the underground eatery had a totally open kitchen and trendy white plastic chairs that became more uncomfortable the longer you sat on them. Lucky the meal was served swiftly. There was a general excitement in the air but no sign of the man himself. The atmosphere oozes relaxed, unfussy charm, the style is Hoxton funky. Knowledgeable staff and a no-smoking policy throughout round the picture out as strikingly as the artworks on the wall.

I was a little but cautious to begin with because I have heard so much about Jamie Oliver and thought it may be over hyped but I am glad to say I was proved wrong. Instantly you up your expectations when you are paying £21 for a main course and £6 for a dessert. How pleased I was when the food was beyond expectation. When paying that much for the food you want to experience adventurous cooking that evocates rustic Mediterranean charm and I can definitely say that was the case.

The main course of Wicked Sicilian fisherman’s stew with wild salmon, razor clams, mussels, crayfish, saffron potatoes, grilled sourdough and a dollop of lemon aioli was something that I had never experienced before and I was pleasantly surprised. The mussels were cooked to perfection and the slightly sweet and spicy soup was skilfully favoured exquisitely with herbs and lentils. The mixture of soup and seafood was, as Jamie would say, “pukka”.

My guest had beautifully sourced char-grilled, wild caught salmon on a bed of lentils. The texture of the salmon was incomparably delicate and she pronounced it delicious. The portions were not overloading leaving us room for dessert.

We both had the hot Amedei mini chocolate pudding with orange & Vin Santo crème fraîche which was divine. The chocolate sauce had a robust cocoa flavour with a slightly bitter edge and a lasting finish. The crème fraîche melted delicately into the chocolate sauce prompting a sweet and creamy explosion of taste that complemented the chocolate sauce, which was made from 70% dark chocolate from the very rare and valuable Porcelana cocoa bean, the purest form of the Criollo cocoa bean grown in the hills of Tuscany. The only drawback was it was served in a small cup and mostly made out of chocolate sauce so it had very little substance.

Overall, the food was saporous and its presentation beyond excellence. The staff were sweet and obliging which was refreshing. So many good restaurants fall down on their snooty staff - Fifteen certainly did not fall into this category. Service was professional and seamless, which made for a relaxed atmosphere. The dishes could do with a slash in price and for a similar cost you could probably eat wonderful food at more comfortable seating at Aubergine or Ramsay.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Fifteen

Jamie Oliver’s dyslexia and resulting lack of academic qualifications meant that he had to leave school and train as a chef at the age of 16. Years later as an established chef, this was to drive the creation of Fifteen to inspire and encourage disadvantaged young people to shape a career in the restaurant industry. Fifteen therefore emerged as a hotbed of future culinary talent.

The restaurant’s philosophy is of using fresh ideas and serving Italian Mediterranean food. The mouth-watering menus change frequently and draw on only the freshest seasonal produce. Looking like a scene from a sci-fi flick the underground eatery had a totally open kitchen and trendy white plastic chairs that became more uncomfortable the longer you sat on them. Lucky the meal was served swiftly. There was a general excitement in the air but no sign of the man himself. The atmosphere oozes relaxed, unfussy charm, the style is Hoxton funky. Knowledgeable staff and a no-smoking policy throughout round the picture out as strikingly as the artworks on the wall.

I was a little but cautious to begin with because I have heard so much about Jamie Oliver and thought it may be over hyped but I am glad to say I was proved wrong. Instantly you up your expectations when you are paying £21 for a main course and £6 for a dessert. How pleased I was when the food was beyond expectation. When paying that much for the food you want to experience adventurous cooking that evocates rustic Mediterranean charm and I can definitely say that was the case.

The main course of Wicked Sicilian fisherman’s stew with wild salmon, razor clams, mussels, crayfish, saffron potatoes, grilled sourdough and a dollop of lemon aioli was something that I had never experienced before and I was pleasantly surprised. The mussels were cooked to perfection and the slightly sweet and spicy soup was skilfully favoured exquisitely with herbs and lentils. The mixture of soup and seafood was, as Jamie would say, “pukka”.

My guest had beautifully sourced char-grilled, wild caught salmon on a bed of lentils. The texture of the salmon was incomparably delicate and she pronounced it delicious. The portions were not overloading leaving us room for dessert.

We both had the hot Amedei mini chocolate pudding with orange & Vin Santo crème fraîche which was divine. The chocolate sauce had a robust cocoa flavour with a slightly bitter edge and a lasting finish. The crème fraîche melted delicately into the chocolate sauce prompting a sweet and creamy explosion of taste that complemented the chocolate sauce, which was made from 70% dark chocolate from the very rare and valuable Porcelana cocoa bean, the purest form of the Criollo cocoa bean grown in the hills of Tuscany. The only drawback was it was served in a small cup and mostly made out of chocolate sauce so it had very little substance.

Overall, the food was saporous and its presentation beyond excellence. The staff were sweet and obliging which was refreshing. So many good restaurants fall down on their snooty staff - Fifteen certainly did not fall into this category. Service was professional and seamless, which made for a relaxed atmosphere. The dishes could do with a slash in price and for a similar cost you could probably eat wonderful food at more comfortable seating at Aubergine or Ramsay.

Friday, May 11, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


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