Australian chef, Brett Graham started his cooking career aged 15 and has then gone to win himself the Josephine Pignolet Award. Winning the award was a big stepping stone for him as he was granted a trip to the UK where he then worked at The Square, another excellent restaurant. He followed up his bright career with ‘Young Chef of the Year’ Award in 2002 and became head chef at The Ledbury when it opened in 2005. It was very well received by the food critics. The restaurant went on to be listed on ‘The World’s Best 50 Restaurant‘ and quickly leaped its way up from number 34 to 14 in just one year. How impressive!
Amuse bouche came, I was too excited and forgot to take pictures. Good my friend reminded me to take pictures later on, so I could share them with you.
Cornish Oyster Chantilly and Tartare with Horseradish and Dill went really well with the fried oyster
Fresh langoustines on its own is enough to fill you with the sweetness of its sea essence. But bags of flavour gushed out with the curried spices and the yogurt to mellow down the spiciness. The crouton gave it an extra dimension. My favourite of the meal.
The milk curd texture was very similar to Japanese steam egg, chawanmushi but much softer, wobbly and silky. Although the broth tasted good, I thought it buried the delicate milk curd.
If only all toast could taste as good as this, I’ll be a happy person eating toast every day. The toast was presented on a bark-like plate and christmas tree branches, it felt like christmas. Whoever’s planning to make me smile on Christmas day will have to make this for breakfast.. *wink*
Another well cooked turbot, still moist and juicy with a hint of acidity and creaminess from the foam. Then came the ‘Roast quail breast with scorched pear, fresh and dried dandelion’, so beautiful and tempting that I forgot to take pictures.
Fillet of beef with Cepe, Wild Garlic, Hop Shoots and Summer Truffles
The thick cut of red beef fillet was screaming out juicy and tender. It was delicate in flavour combination, even though the ingredients used have strong taste. I like the puffed potato pillow
Overall, The Ledbury is elegant and calm, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road. Front of house was friendly and wine connoisseur, knowledgeable. Apart form the exquisite food where every dish was thrilling and had its own crunch element which I adored, our favourite wine of the night was Kevin Grant’s South African Ataraxia Chardonnay.
Still smiling, thinking about it.
Quality food and great techniques. Fantastic service and knowledgeable staff.
Pricey but it was expected.
Will I return?
Will return but not too soon since this is not in the cheap eats section.
127 Ledbury Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7792 9090