I find it amusing that the first thing that comes to people’s minds when you mention ‘Gordon Ramsay’ to anyone is ‘The ‘F’ Word’ …or more to the point, his overuse of curse words in his television shows. It’s a bit of a shame really as at the end of the day he’s a family man with a passion for his work and the need for a marketing strategy has overshadowed his true strength, 12 Michelin stars and …FOOD.
Today we had the wonderful experience of dining in one of Gordon’s many London restaurants. All I can say is if the quality of our experience in one of his lower-rating restaurants is anything to go by I can only imagine what you get at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (3 Michelin Stars) or Pétrus” (2 Michelin Stars).
We had organised a night out at West End to see “Shrek: The Musical” so The Savoy Grill, situated on the ground floor of the Savoy Hotel, London, was perfectly placed for our pre-show dinner. The restaurant offers an à la carte menu with a range of meals and also a ‘pre-theatre’ menu for those on a shorter time frame. The pre-theatre menu offers 3 choices of entree, main and dessert with the option of 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £30 …I know back home you would be hard-pressed to find a decent restaurant of this calibre for those prices.
They even catered for children with a special pack including colouring pencils and booklet and a range of meal choices.
So, what was on the menu?
PRE THEATRE MENU
Cauliflower soup with blue cheese rarebit
Gem leaf salad, toasted walnuts, honey & lemon dressing
Chicken liver parfait with Sharon fruit chutney
Fish cake with courgette ribbons, poached egg and grain mustard
Pan fried salmon, crushed English peas and tomato butter sauce
Confit Goosnargh duck leg with champ mash and shallot gravy
(the latter was unavailable and replaced by crumbed turkey breast and salad)
SIDES (extra cost)
Sauteed pinach, Lettuce & shallot salad, New potatoes, Cauliflower cheese
Eton mess with fresh raspberries
Warm pistacio cake with Morello cherry compote
Dark chocolate marquis with lavender ice cream
I was keen to have the duck but alas, none available. I chose the turkey breast and my companions both chose the salmon [we skipped on entree, time was not in our favour]. The meals were small in size but given as part of a 2-3 course menu it’s a shame more restaurants don’t catch on that over-stuffing their guests with food isn’t necessary. The meals were presented simply but elegantly.
For dessert we simply ordered one of each to give them all ago. The pistacio cake was nothing special but nice none-the-less. For any Aussie who’s a fan of the good ol’ pav an Eton mess is always a close second with it’s mix of meringue, cream and berries and of course, you can never go wrong with chocolate. I’d never tried any food with lavender before and it was actually quite delicious. Will need to look into how it is used in cooking and give something a go myself one day.
The service was brilliant, and whilst the meals were quite simple in nature they were elegantly presented and tasted good. My friend, now a London local is keen to return with friends, always a good sign when someone leaves keen to return.