When given the opportunity to go to a restaurant of my choice, I decided to go all out. The requirement was somewhere fancy, one that I probably couldn't afford myself and somewhere to feed me and look after me. This was a tough ask, but one I narrowed down quickly and efficiently.
Some may disagree with my choice, but I went for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. A Three Starred Michelin restaurant in London. A good reputation, out of my budget and a chance to eat good food and take some foodie pictures.
What does Three stars mean? Is it purely based on food? Does three stars have to be so expensive? Many questions and many answers were achieved from this visit.
We went for lunch and were greeted by a friendly team. We were welcomed, jackets taken care of and seated on a nice round table. Big enough to seat us all but close enough not to have to shout to hear one another.
It all started off very well and very grand. The next step to continue this was the drinks menu. This was almost the size and thickness of a bible. Incredible, this book was oh so daunting and having to decide for five others was some responsibility. Although daunting it was very impressive, with information on each drink, what was it in and what to look out for. Eventually I had to make a decision and with the help of the team, I went for a cheaper priced bottle of fizzy. This was needed as my focus was on the food.
SERVICE! This was outstanding, almost too good. Our every movement was catered for and looked after. We were handed the menu and this was split into three. All were set menus with your choice of starters, mains and desserts. Priced on the very, very high end, we went for the middle option.
The head waiter gave us very detailed information on each dish. This actually made choosing what to eat more difficult. I had already decided what to have, but had to rethink and almost changed my mind after the waiter let me know about every other dish. This was very useful, but did go on for a while.
After a lovely drink of bubbley and a great amuse-bouche, we started our patient wait for our starters. P.S, the amuse-bouche was a cream of potato and cheese in an egg topped with truffles, bacon and chives. Good way to begin a three star adventure.
What was to come for me was a Lobster Ravioli for my starter, Lamb cooked in many ways for main courses and a medley of sweet things for dessert. Sounds Good doesn't it.
The food from start to finish was really good. Three good sized courses, not too fancy like some other posh places and not overloaded. What is key is quality and this always takes precedence over quantity. Another key element is eating not to get stuffed but to be full and happy.
Three good size portions of food (loads for dessert actually), two amuse-bouches and some drinks, all led to a happy and merry Shayan. Life of Shayan well done.
The Lobster Ravioli came to the table and looked lovely. The lobster and veg was packed inside the pasta and then the waiter poured over and around a lovely wood sorrel sauce. I hope my picture gives it some justice.
The dishes I had were very good and looking around the table I saw some lovely plates. Scallops for starters, Fish for mains, Pork Belly also for mains. As good as they all looked, I didn't get food envy, because I was more than happy with my lamb.
Each element of the lamb was cooked really well and the difference in textures were really good. Crunch and bite, soft and tender and all seasoned well.
After all this goodness and after one of the team left, the waiter suggested that we get a selection of their desserts to share and this was a delight. All were amazing and our sweet tooth were well and truly satisfied. Oh My! The three star indulgence was in full evidence here and not one person was complaining about this.
The experience at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was special. Well fed, looked after beyond expectations and treated to top quality throughout. The team make you feel both comfortable and a bit like a celebrity at the same time. Being my first time at a three star Michelin restaurant, I strangely enough wasn't expecting the best meal of my life. It wasn't but it was definitely up there as an experience. The food for sure is great and I am so glad I went, but the price = OUCH.
If you ever get the chance to go, then do it. It is not often you get to visit a three star place. Thank you Gordon. Hopefully see you again soon.