We booked to celebrate a birthday and had looked forward to it for some time. We travelled from Scotland for an extended weekend in London to dine at Gordon Ramsay and then at Marcus Wareing the next evening. We were welcomed and seated quickly. The front of house staff were excellent and engaged in general conversation well, especially Jean-Claude, who was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We chose from the menu - one foie gras and one langoustine, lobster and prawn ravioli to start. Nothing exceptional with either dish. The ravioli pasta was thin and beautifully cooked, the sauce was lovely but the langoustine inside was very rubbery and chewy. The pressed Foie gras was OK but again nothing exceptional. We both had lamb and it was almost cold (I so hate it when food is served cold) and was very bland which was a shame, the jus was nicely flavoured though, a spoonful of light and creamy mash so help soak up the thin jus would have been great. Lamb is my favourite meat and I've cooked it much better myself. For dessert we both had apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream which was lovely and by far the best course of the meal. There were lots of little tasty canapes and a nice amuse bouche to start off - ending with lovely chocolates to add something special. As it was a birthday treat, Jean Claude brought out some lovely sorbet with a candle... this was a lovely touch. It was a good experience but not a fabulous one. The restaurant itself is a bit strange in that it's more like someone's lounge at home! Perhaps we had too high expectations. In comparison with our experience at Marcus Wareing the following evening Gordon Ramsay has some way to go. I really don't think the experience merited the large bill either. We have eaten in many top end restaurants and are real foodies in that we love this style of cooking when dining out so we feel we have something to base these comments on. We may try one of the other Ramsay restaurants in the future.............. who knows!
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