From the moment my girlfriend and I stepped in the door and throughout the meal, the service was impeccable: we were bombarded with several waiting staff, all dressed to the nines and with an inherent speciality (wine, ingredients, cheese etc.). This allowed us to make informed choices from the incredible menu and the Argos-sized wine catalogue.
Our sommelier helped us choose a glass of champagne and a reasonably priced (£34) Italian dry white to start, both of which were crisp and light. The menu choices range from a set lunch (£45 per person) all the way to the seven-course Prestige menu (£120 per person). We opted for the three-course à la carte menu (£90 per person) with an additional cheese course for a small extra cost. It’s not cheap by any means, but more frugal couples could opt for a drink-free set lunch and still have change from £100.
Michelin alumni out there will likely already be aware of the freebie courses you receive at various intervals. Our first of these arrived initially and could be crudely described as a frog drumstick with a beautifully vibrant leek sauce. This was both our first taste of thrice-Michelin cuisine and of the synchronised delivery from several waiting staff to ensure we both had our dishes and sauce at the same time. It was very satisfying indeed, although nothing compared to what we were about to experience.
Between my girlfriend and I we chose scallops and lobster to start, and monkfish and turbot for our main course. All of the dishes were absolutely exceptional with an immeasurably perfect orchestra of flavours, which catapulted my taste buds into an unrelenting frenzy. I certainly had never tasted such transcendent cooking, ingredients or combinations before. Another freebie followed in the form of a crème brûlée and accompanying apple shot, which heightened our appetite for our imminent toe-curlingly delicious desserts of pineapple and mango ravioli along with walnut soufflé. The latter was pleasant enough but the weakest dish of the day in contrast to the ravioli, which was just sublime.
To finish off our palates, we were treated to chocolates contained in a smoking Halloween-esque dry ice box which was an incredibly cool sight. In addition, my girlfriend was presented with a little birthday sorbet complete with a quiet song and applause: a truly magnificent end to a magnificent meal.
Let me make this perfectly clear; there is nothing which can compare to the dining experience au Michelin. The food is out of this world and the service is of a level hitherto unexperienced by me. If you want to eat like a king, you know where to go. Just don’t forget the credit card…
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
68 Royal Hospital Road
Tel: 020 7352 4441