Roux at The Landau, London

The name Michel Roux Jr. is synonym to the Le Gavroche, a two-Michelin starred restaurant in London. If you are an avid follower of the UK Master Chef TV series, you’ll be familiar with the French-English chef too.

I have yet to experience the gastronomical delights at the Le Gavroche but it certainly is on my ever expanding to-do list! I can imagine what the experience will be like given how I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Roux at The Landau recently. I enjoyed it so much that I went again in the space of a few weeks!

Roux at The Landau is very accessible given it is located almost in the heart of Oxford Circus which is always busy and filled with tourists. Having said that, there is something magical about its location, given it’s tucked away from all the craziness and as it’s attached to The Langham Hotel.

For my debut visit to the restaurant, I sampled a three-course meal from the set menu. The set menu included a glass of wine and came to a total of £43 which was so worth it given the quality of the food, its ambience and location.

To get our palate ready, beetroot crisps was served to us courtesy of the restaurant. What a lovely gesture!

To start off the meal, I chose the celeriac soup with black truffle agnolottis and watercress which was so smooth, creamy and delicious. The portion was just enough to wet my appetite before the main arrived. Roux 1My main was venison with red cabbage and I finished off my dinner with the Baked Alasakan with ice cream (hidden underneath the dome!). The evening ended beautifully with a serving of the petite eclair which I downed with a cup of tea (p/s there were three of us – I didn’t eat all three!).

Overall, the food was beautifully prepared and served. Every single bite was flavourful and I certainly can taste all the different ingredients without one being overly powering.

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My second experience was a brunch which coincided with a birthday celebration. The Sunday Brunch menu had so many things that I love which made the decision making process a difficult one.

I was torn between the prawns salads but in the end the brandy scented crab bisque won. It was hands down the best crab bisque that I have ever tasted. Although it looked rather liquid-y compared to a typical bisque, it was so full of flavour and suffice to say not a single drop goes to waste.

As it was Sunday, I felt it was apt that I chose the Sunday Roast as my main. The roast lamb was served with potatoes and greens. It was so such a delectable delight, tender, juicy and the meat just melts in the mount. As much as I would love to wipe it off clean, the serving was very generous that I only managed half of it. Which was a real shame!

To complete the meal, I decided to have something tangy and sharp for my desserts. Hence the chosen rhubarb trifle.

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I would highly recommend Roux at The Landau! I enjoyed both the times that I went there and I am pretty certain that I will go again for the occasional special treat.

2015 Birthday & Tasting Menu at Zuma, London

Every year, for my birthday I will try to organise dinner with my closest and dearest somewhere we’ve never been before. This year it was Zuma.

Zuma is a Japanese restaurant which serves contemporary Japanese cuisine. Its global presence include Hong Kong, Dubai, Bangkok, Miami, NYC and of course London where I experienced the tasting menu.

Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, the venue is very accessible and is only a short walking distance from the tube station. Notwithstanding its location, at one of the most premium London estate areas, the restaurant is no short of space. Patrons are spoilt for choices whether they want to be seated at the bar, at the more relaxed lounge area or in the main dining area. Seating at the bar means you will be able to feast your eyes watching the chefs in action while the food is being prepared. For those who wants more privacy and/or organising a private function (surprised party perhaps?!) there are two private dining rooms catering for 12 and 14 guests respectively which are available for hire.

Atmosphere wise, it was great and amazing, considering we went on a week night. The restaurant was buzzing and busy the whole time we were there. Having said that it wasn’t too noisy that one has to shout to be heard.

The tasting menu comes with a spread of 10 dishes selected by the chef. They are 1. Crispy fried squid with green chilis and lime 2. Sliced yellowtail with green chilli relish, ponzu and pickled garlic 3.Fried soft-shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise 4. Tartar of tuna with crispy rice cracker 5. Selection of sushi and sashimi 6. Marinated black cod wrapped with hola leaf 7. Seared beef with soy, ginger, lime and coriander 8. Spicy yellowtail roll with sansho pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo. (Missing from photos are Spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy, and asparagus with wafu sauce and sesame).

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To finish off the meal, two desserts were included in the menu. On the LHS is chocolate fondant with caramel and praline and vanilla ice cream; and on the RHS is chawan mushi with exotic fruits, both of which are yummilicious!

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Overall, it was a lovely spread, we went home happy and stuffed. x