**THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED DOWN**
Where Lobster Tastes of Salmon...
Many of you will know that I am not one to moan when restaurants I visit don't live up to expectations - in such instances I prefer to make better use of my time and concentrate on the more positive stuff. Some restaurants however deserve the bad publicity they get, and Gordon Ramsay at Claridges is in my opinion one such place.
We started off with an amuse bouche of "Butternut Squash Soup" with truffled oil. In all fairness, this was quite a decent soup, with the delicious sweetness from the squash complemented by the heady truffle aromas.
Dr G's choice of "Steamed Anglesey bass with langoustine" served in an Oscietra caviar sauce, cucumber and apple, was competently cooked but no better than that.
Most wines were from good producers and vintages with prices tags to match. We ordered two of the most affordable bottles including a 2009 Valminor Albarino, Rias Baixas @ £38. It normally retails at around £11 a bottle, so the three-fold mark up by GR did not seem outrageous. This was an excellent example of Albariños from Rias Baixas - a good concentration of fruit, mainly peaches and with honey and citrus notes, but with good balancing acidity.
Our second bottle was a 2007 Terrasses Ventoux by Chateau Pesquie from the Rhone Valley @ £39. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, aged for 5 years, it had straightforward red berry fruit characteristics and medium body. It wasn't an outstanding wine but was an easy drink choice.
The restaurant was quite busy with couples celebrating birthdays or other events. The service was reserved but attentive.
Cost: Prestige Menu priced at £80 per person. Our bill came to £280 for two.