Best Meal this UK Trip @ The Ledbury on 16May2015

lobster in tea jelly

lobster in tea jelly

wife booked the ledbury for lunch today on 16may2015.^^

ledbury is always full, so she had to like try everyday in order to get an empty slot.

wife’s very close friend who lives north of london came to join us for lunch.

the ledbury is 2-michelin star, just as dinner by heston blumenthal is. from past experience, wife thought it is better. i went to both restaurants for the first time. 🙂

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

we were served 3 amuse bouche. first was a smoked eel with meringue. great stuff!

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

second was a foie gras mousse in a cracker. it was literally bursting with flavours on the bite! super!^^

amuse bouche 2=dumpling

amuse bouche 2=dumpling

third was a dumpling with braised veal. yum! 🙂

bread & butter

bread & butter

bread

bread

we had the crusty fluffy bread.

lobster in tea jelly

lobster in tea jelly

first course was lobster in tea jelly. this was excellent, top draw, as good as the jelly dish we had at jaan. 🙂

crispy roll

crispy roll

crispy roll

crispy roll

& it came with a tasty crispy roll, similar to the one taste paradise served for their stone bowl sharkskin soup. 🙂

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

the second course was a flamed mackerel. mackerel was very nice. somehow over here it is not as fishy as the mackerel & saba we had in singapore (though i love the oily saba equally).

& there was a mackerel tartare which was so very tasty with the light sauce dressing.

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

my wife & i both thought on the flamed mackerel alone the one we had at tolcarnes inn was even better than this. obviously that did not have the mackerel tartare & overall dining experiences & refineness were not the same.

we thought the strange cucumber with roasted sesame did not belong. maybe it was intended as a cool cucumber to cleanse the palate after the flamed mackerel?

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

the herdwick lamb must be the best lamb loin i had ever!^^

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

lamb loin was so tender & sweet & zero gamey taste. the end bit was just as flavourful with the lamb taste which i like anyway.

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

the onions were excellent & the leek flower (first time i ate one) was superb.

strawberry sorbet desert

strawberry sorbet desert

strawberry sorbet was good.

petite four=chocolate truffle

petite four=chocolate truffle

petite four=chocolate truffle

petite four=chocolate truffle

cinnamon stick with lemon

cinnamon stick with lemon

the petite four was pretty ok too.

the ledbury is 2-michelin star like the dinner by heston blumenthal.

dinner’s 3-course set lunch is £38 & ledbury’s 4-course set lunch is £50. so i guess it’s a toss-up & depends on the menu at the time. the ledbury offered 3 amuse bouche & dinner none.

just comparing what we had, the meat fruit at dinner had wow factor both the presentation to look like the perfect clementine & the bursting of flavours of the foie gras parfait. likewise ledbury’s lobster in tea jelly pleases in every department. given a choice i would pick the lobster jelly over the meat fruit.

the mackerel at ledbury was very good starter, especially the mackerel tartare. it was more ordinary & less unusual & pleasing as dinner’s ragout of pig’s ear. i liked both almost equally much.

the lamb loin was common dish exceptionally prepared. the sous vide belly pork is becoming a staple in fine dining also exceptionally prepared.

the desserts were just good & ordinary.

the overall dining experience at ledbury though trumps that at dinner. the amuse bouche & dishes were more refine & the ones at dinner were robust. i enjoyed both places & would return next time when i can get a reservation.

c.h.e.f andy