London, November 2016 – Nestled inside a quaint little house at the more residential end of Notting Hill, The Ledbury is one of London’s finest restaurants. Led by Australian Chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury has received a number of accolades including two Michelin stars and ranked #14 amongst The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Famed for using British produce and wild English game, The Ledbury serves up an interesting menu. I was there for lunch, and had a very pleasant experience.
The Set Lunch Menu comprising 4 courses was reasonably priced at GBP60. Originally, the main course was Chinese Water Deer, and the waiter kindly replaced it with lamb for me. The service was impeccable, and they certainly paid attention to all the details.
The bright sunny dining room faces the front of the house, and accommodates 35-40 people. The décor is sophisticated, yet intimate.
Amuse Bouche – Mussel Seaweed Crisp – a lovely mussel mousse with a few beads of caviar.
Amuse Bouche – Cauliflower Tart with Olives – creamy cauliflower mousse inside
Amuse Bouche – Brioche with White Truffles topped with Parmesan Cheese – Wonderful aroma of truffles , complimented with warm brioche and mild cheese topping.
Chantilly of Oyster – Tartare of Sea Bream and Frozen English Wasabi served with a crisp of wasabi and salt – refreshing start but dig deeper and you are faced head on with Chantilly cream at the bottom of the dish.
Homemade sourdough served with goat’s milk butter sprayed with molasses – the cereal topped bread had a crunchy crust, a beautiful bread.
Root Vegetables – Wrapped in Lardo di Colonnata, Hazelnuts & Roasting Juices – an artistic presentation of winter vegetables – parsnips, haricots, beetroot, flavored with a juice which had a hint of tahini (I think).
Herdwick Lamb – Aubergine Glazed with Black Tea and Olives – The lamb was succulent and flavored with a juice of Darjeeling, olives and jus of lamb. The eggplant was glazed with sweet miso that was a great compliment to the lamb. My favorite of the entire meal!
Whipped Buttermilk with Raspberry Juice and Raspberry – This was a heavenly pre-dessert. The Raspberry juice reminded of Chef Michel Roth’s Cherry Juice dessert I had at L’Espadon at Hotel Ritz Paris some years ago.
Dark Chocolate Chantilly and Clementine Leaf – A real play on the mixture of textures…
The meal ended with a duo of petits fours – cinnamon bar and eucalyptus chocolate truffle.
Now that I was on a full stomach, the walk back to the shopping area of Notting Hill (about 15 min walk) was a piece of cake!
The Ledbury – 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London; T: +44 (0) 20 7792 9090
All photos were taken by Mrs. King. My photos usually do not undergo photoshop or enhancements to preserve the actual impression of the objects.