The London restaurant scene has been even busier this past few weeks thanks to London Restaurant Festival, and with good reason - so many of the city's favourite restaurants have great deals going on, and it's the perfect excuse to try out some new places, as well as revisit your regular haunts.
Although I haven't been able to take advantage of the festival as I would have liked, I've been able to enjoy somewhere I've already tried and love (Sticks 'n' Sushi!), and to have a real treat of a meal at Roux at The Landau, a place that was new to me. I booked through Bookatable for the deal, although I think this is actually available during limited times beyond LRF, which is great. The menu includes 3 courses, petit fours, and half a bottle of wine per person for £45, which I think is pretty reasonable for a fine dining restaurant of this calibre.
E was of course my date, being a big fan of the Roux family, and he was excited to see what this restaurant by Michel Roux Jr. had to offer. We were immediately impressed with the classic, elegant interior ambience, and the service was wonderful from beginning to end.
To kick things off, an amuse bouche arrived which made me excited, because duck rillette is one of my weaknesses! How can you go wrong when you open a meal with that? We chose to have a bottle of red with the meal, which was the Rioja Crianza Viña, Amezola 2011, which we both thoroughly enjoyed.
For our starters, E went for the Terrine "Campagnarde" with pickled plum and toasted sourdough, and I chose the Poached hake, fried mussels. romesco sauce and spring onions. We each tried a bite of both and they were spot on - I could easily have had a large portion of that fish for my main course! As expected, both dishes were presented beautifully and I couldn't fault either of them.
For our main course, we both chose the Red wine glazed beef featherblade with Vacherin mash and hispi cabbage. Oh my, that cheesy mash - I'm not a big fan of mashed potato, but the French way wins me over. The beef was wonderfully cooked, tender and meaty, and a very generous portion, too. Don't worry, I polished it off.
There is a dessert choice on the menu for a cheese plate instead, so E took that and we shared it, after which he ordered an a la carte dessert for himself that was outside of the set menu. This proved to be a very good idea, since we are both huge cheese lovers and we couldn't pass up such a great selection! I can't remember exactly what we had, but we tried a hard, blue, goat and soft, and I loved them all - no surprises there.
For the cherry on top of this veritable feast, I chose the bitter chocolate mousse with pear and mascarpone ice cream, while E had the crème brûlée, his all time favourite. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I'm running out of superlatives! They were both pretty perfect. The chocolate mousse was rich yet light, and the crème brûlée was approved by the expert himself, so we definitely ended the meal on a very high note.
Oh, and just to tip us over the edge of fullness, we were given mini éclairs and peppermint tea. I was glad I wasn't wearing anything tight...
As you can tell, I loved this meal and the deal itself is great value for the quality. The setting is also quite special, and would make for the perfect celebration or occasion dinner - and isn't there always something to celebrate? Bookatable has other amazing deals on offer all the time, so be sure to check them out.
We rolled ourselves home very happy indeed!
Roux at The Landau
1C Portland Place
disclaimer: I was a guest of Bookatable for this meal. All opinions are my own, as always.