Puttin’ On The Ritz

thumb_IMG_2642_1024I was thinking about some of the memorable meals I had last year when I remembered my experience at The Ritz that my lovely friend treated me to for my birthday. I just had to share some photos of this beautiful place and the delicious food we ate. I can’t believe I haven’t got around to it until now!

Dining at The Ritz is always up there on the list of special places for people. So I’m very lucky to have some wonderful friends in my life. When I arrived, I couldn’t stop admiring the decor. I’m always in awe of incredible architecture and design when I go abroad, and sometimes I think it’s easy to forget how much beauty is around us, right here in London.thumb_IMG_2731_1024

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thumb_IMG_2855_1024Everything was set and sparkling. The menu looked delightful and I was in for a treat because I enquired about halal meat whilst booking. It turns out I was in luck, as I could pretty much eat any of the items on the menu.thumb_IMG_2641_1024

thumb_IMG_2643_1024We started off with some canapés, and I remember the the salmon macarons being especially delicious. Smooth salmon mousse-like filling, sandwiched between a citrusy macaron shells.thumb_IMG_2647_1024I ordered the slow cooked duck egg for my starter and I wish I could eat it all over again. The egg was cooked to perfection. I’ve read about temperature controlled water baths that are used to cook eggs, but now I know why it is worth investing all that time and effort. It was served in a pomme puree with celeriac and meaty mushrooms which added some great texture to the dish.thumb_IMG_2860_1024My friend went for the vibrant and tasty, chilled pea veloute with roasted hazelnut and mint.thumb_IMG_2651_1024My main, navarin of lamb (which basically means stew) with broccoli, carrot and braised onion was so good. The lamb was cooked just right, although I know my mother would freak out if she saw this as she would consider it still raw. But that’s because she grew up eating curries with no sign of raw meat. But I loved how well the sauce complemented the meat and veg and I had one big grin on my face whilst eating it.thumb_IMG_2864_1024My friend had the halibut with courgette, crab and shellfish sauce. I love halibut and this would’ve been my second choice, but I can’t eat shellfish for religious reasons. I managed to try a little bit of the fish though and it was really nice. Also, who doesn’t love a courgette flower? My mum used to make a lightly spiced, battered courgette flower as a snack and it used to get eaten within seconds.thumb_IMG_2671_1024Dessert for both us of had to be the chocolate soufflé. This was the first time I actually tried a soufflé, so I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t expecting that texture, but it was light and fluffy and I enjoyed it. Mine came with a rather lovely vanilla ice cream as the one on the menu had alcohol in it.

After trying the most amazing toffee apple soufflé in the world at Roux at the Landau a few months ago, I don’t think anything will ever come close to beating that to be honest.
thumb_IMG_2703_1024We finished with a lovely selection of petit fours, mine being without gelatine or alcohol, which rounded off my Ritz experience.thumb_IMG_2710_1024I have to say, the service was impeccable and the staff were so attentive, even though at one point it felt a little intense, but it was all part of The Ritz experience. I especially loved how they took care of my dietary requirements and provided alternatives for things I couldn’t eat, so I never felt like I was missing out.

Sometimes the food doesn’t live up to the hype, which can be very disappointing. But this wasn’t the case here because I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate and it was definitely a wonderful birthday treat.

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