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Ritz

150 Piccadilly, London, England, W1J 9BR, United Kingdom

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Chef interview

John Williams MBE is the head chef of the Ritz Hotel in London.

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This meal began with a few nibbles including unusually light and fluffy cheese gougeres, with lots of cheese flavour yet meltingly delicate. The first course was a mosaic of game, a terrine involving several different meats, quince, beetroot and a truffle mayonnaise (16/20). Next was a single large langoustine tail, delicately cooked and served with cauliflower and spiced apple. The langoustine was palpably fresh, with a lovely sweetness; the only slight flaw was the cauliflower crisp was a little soggy, or I would have scored this higher (16/20). 

Truffled egg was served on a pomme puree with spinach and a garnish of white truffle. The potato was smooth and buttery, the richness of the egg balanced by the spinach (16/20). A generous slab of turbot from a large fish was served with pumpkin, mushrooms and a shellfish sauce, the turbot precisely cooked and having very good flavour, the mushroom also excellent (16/20). Venison with red cabbage, celeriac and duck liver was lovely, the deer having excellent flavour, the cabbage and celeriac providing an earthy balance to the richness of the meat.

Apple parfait with vanilla and calvados ice cream was excellent, the apple not too sharp, garnished with little spheres of caramelised apples (17/20). Finally a classic Mont Blanc with caramelised pear completed the meal, the pureed chestnuts slightly sweetened and seasonal, topped with whipped cream (17/20). Service was impeccable, each waiter in the large brigade knowing his duties, and even with a packed dining room dishes appeared and were removed at a steady pace, the topping up faultless.

The Ritz is one of London’s most enjoyable dining experiences, from the pretty dining room, the comfortable chairs through to the consistently excellent classical cooking. The bill with some wine came to £120 a head, though there is a three-course menu available at £49 a head.

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Further reviews: 18th Apr 2019 | 12th Mar 2019 | 26th Sep 2018 | 01st Aug 2018 | 04th May 2018 | 20th Apr 2018 | 13th Feb 2018 | 11th Dec 2017 | 02nd Feb 2017 | 15th Jun 2016 | 27th Jan 2016 | 26th Aug 2015 | 28th Feb 2015 | 24th Aug 2013 | 30th Apr 2013 | 29th Dec 2011 | 01st Feb 2011 | 01st Dec 2010

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  • alan fowle

    The many enthusistic reviews by Andy lured us back here as one of our celebratory meals on a weekend in London. We have always felt the restaurant looks beautiful but in the past the food came nowhere near the setting . We stopped coming after a disastrous experience some many years ago when a waiter set light to his clothes doing a crepe suzette , we noticed stains on other waiters jackets - and the food was just ok . However all was as Andy has said , we had superb service , superb food , one dish in particular I recall was the lobster starter ,but everything was exquisite. A thoroughly enjoyable evening , a special occasion place to return to with confidence.

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