Sunday, 30 November 2008

He's a chef with a reputation

GORDON Ramsay might be in the news at the moment for more than just his culinary prowess, but I still can't wait to dine at his flagship restaurant in Royal Hospital Road a week today.
He might be developing a reputation as a philandering toerag, but he's still the country's finest chef.
It'll be the first time we've eaten at one of his premier restaurants, although we did dine at Boxwood Cafe a few years ago, which comes under his umbrella, but is a more informal affair.
Getting a reservation was tricky - although a breeze compared to securing a table at The French Laundry earlier this year, which was more of a military operation.
It will mark the end to what has been a year of very exciting dining adventures which included a pilgrimage to the aforementioned French Laundry in California as well as a memorable feast at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire.
Browsing the Ramsay menu online, I am already drooling at the thought to the ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon with tomato chutney and vinaigrette, and the desserts sound exquisite.
However, not only am I excited about the trip to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, but the few days in London beforehand. Whether it's Brazilian street food in Spitalfields, super-food salads at Leon or something altogether more sophistocated, a trip to London always throws up more than a few memorable meals. Two nights, three days in the big smoke. That's seven meals, plus snacks. I can't wait.
Have you got any top tips for dining in the capital city? Let me know...

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