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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (London, UK)

3 Michelin Stars
World Renown Chef

The hotel itself where the restaurant is located in is uber fancy. To get to the restaurant you walk through the afternoon tea area, where everybody is dressed up. As you walk into the restaurant two ladies open the double doors at the same time for you (they do this when you go to the bathroom and back as well). It was a really nice touch.

Unfortunately, I didn't do the tasting menu here, so my views might be skewed. I thought the restaurant was a little above average on the fine dining scale. They gave us these little round cheese bread balls and this broccoli puree with other veggies as an amuse bouche. For an appetizer I had the John-Dory goujonnettes. They were swimming in a coconut and curry sauce. It was okay, nothing amazing and since I've been in London where the best Indian food in the world exists, the curry didn't even compare. I had some of the Cookpot of vegetables and mushrooms. This is one of the chef's specialties, but fell short. It was bland and much different than I expected. I had the restaurant's specialty meat dish, the fillet of beef and seared foie gras rossini. The fillet was so tender and juicy. I'm more for the salty fatty kind of steak, but this was excellent for what it was. The sauce really made the dish. I love cooked foie gras (the kind in the flan texture) and this didn't disappoint. I had a piece of my husbands' venison and it was just as tender as the fillet. The venison comes in a much smaller portion than the fillet, so if you're hungry get the fillet.

I of course had to have the cheese course. I liked it especially here because they paired the cheese with different  condiments. They were next to the cheese you were supposed to eat it with (They usually just give you the condiments if any and you have to check and guess yourself to see which goes best with what). As a caramel lover I had to go with the coco-caramel delight for dessert. More like coco-caramel disaster. It was probably the only dessert I never finished on this trip to London (and it was the size of my ring finger). My husband got the Baba like in Monte-Carlo (another specialty of the restaurant). It was a ball of sponge cake dipped in some sweet apricot sauce. Then it was cut open in front of us and had our choice of rum poured into it and topped with whipped cream (the good made from scratch kind). It was a lot better than my dessert, but just not what I was craving at the time. It was good though. Even though I didn't like 2/3 of my meal, I'm sure if I had tried the tasting menu I would have liked it much better.

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