127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill
(020) 7792 9090
Ms Hot Guns and I were very excited to try this acclaimed 2 Michelin Star restaurant situated in Notting Hill, within walking distance from the famous Portobello Road. This restaurant featured in the recent world’s 50 best restaurants sponsored by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. It is worth mentioning that the head chef, Brett Graham, hails from our nation and he began his cooking career in New South Wales before moving to the United Kingdom.
We were warmly welcomed at their reception, and shown our table within the impressive dining hall. The waiters offered us their bread selection and kindly returned periodically to offer us more as we continued to scoff them down, particularly as Ms Hot Guns is a bread connoisseur. Funnily enough we already felt so satisfied after sampling their bread selection, that only the arrival of our entrées reminded us to stop eating their bread.
For her entrée she had ceviche of hand dived scallops with Kohlrabi, Seaweed Oil and Frozen English Wasabi. Yum! There was so much complexity in the textures of the ceviche, with each bite ending with the quick momentary lingering of wasabi which was so refreshing.
I had the roast quail with creamed rye, wild garlic and grilled onions. The leg of the quail was nice and crispy, with whilst the rest of the meat was amazingly tender. The dish was overall full of flavour and well balanced. We finished our entrées within 3 minutes, it was almost embarrassing that it seemed as though I took longer for the photos than eating the dish.
Then came our mains, which came promptly. Ms Hot Guns had the roast fillet of turbot with peas, morrels and smoked eel milk. The fish was perfectly cooked and the sauce matched the fish remarkably well. The dish was served with a piece of asparagus. Ms Hot Guns usually hates asparagus but she ate this with no complaints!
I had the Berkshire muntjac with red leaves and vegetables, bone marrow and cherry blossum. The waiter informed me that muntjac is also known as barking deer. Certainly the best deer I have tasted in my lifetime. What a remarkable way to serve edible flowers; it looked aesthetically pleasing, and the fragrance it gave to the dish was amazing. The bone marrow did not feel overwhelmingly fatty, but complimented the red meat rather well.
For dessert we asked the waiter to make recommendations. I had the olive oil, thyme and honey cream with wild and gariguette strawberries, and vanilla beignets. This was a very fancy and delicious form of the British strawberries with cream. Turns out that the vanilla beignets are deep fried choux pastry, and they were awesome. The sourness offered by the wild berries and sweetness of the honey cream was like yin and yang. Gobbled up in 2 minutes max.
Ms Hot Guns had their brown sugar tart with poached grape served with stem ginger ice cream. The brown sugar tart consisted of a not too sweet, not too creamy, soft as silk filling and a thin bottom crust which was just the right thickness to give the tart a crunchy element as well. What a good suggestion. Ms Hot Guns usually doesn’t order this genre of dessert but loved it.
The service was attentive and non-intrusive. Our waiter was friendly, and service was with a smile. At the call of the bill, we were given petit fours, which was a pleasant surprise to an already amazing dining experience. Overall, it was one of the best dining experiences we’ve both had, easily surpassing our experiences in Australia. It was that good. We can’t wait to go back to try their degustation menu. We have never rated a restaurant 10 out of 10, closest was 8.5/10 (is that right Piggy?), but here’s to our first; note Ms Hot Guns is a tough critic. Food 10/10, Service 10/10, Ambience 10/10, Value 10/10. Overall 10/10.