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Published: September 21st 2009
Sunday 23 August.
I had a nice little sleep in today and then a smaller breaky.. already.. it didn’t take very long for the novelty to wear off, huh?
I went for a walk by myself to Hyde Park. I came across some of the Queen’s guards ready to parade from Hyde Park Corner. I followed them up through Green’s Park (squirrels everywhere) to Buck Palace. I got there just intime for the changing of the guards. What a non event that was. I sat in James’s Park and enjoyed the peace for awhile, before walking back through Mayfair.
When I got back, it was time to get ready for lunch with the family at Gordon Ramsey’s “The Maze”. It was a bit tricky to find it. On the way, we stumbled across a dingy street called “Lee’s Place’. Cool. Unfortunately it was filled with dumpsters. We actually walked past the Maze. It had no street signage and the door was set back into the wall. (that’s my excuse anyhow) We eventually found it and settled in with a fruit cocktail. Very swish. The family arrived and I got to finally meet my other 2 cousins.
Lunch was fantastic
and the company great. The restaurant is a tasting one and the idea is to have 5 or 6 courses. It took us forever to make our selections. It was especially hard for me to choose a cold dish. Rightfully so… it was bloody horrible.
Sea bass ceviche, baby fennel, pink grapefruit pearls and tomato strawberries
Aka.. spit on a plate. Ew. Jules had a lovely beetroot and cheese dish. The problem is, nothing comes out as you expect.
Slow-cooked organic quail, braised leg, wood sorrel, cep risotto and poached egg and truffle oil.
The risotto was excellent. The only problem was the nearly raw quails egg at the bottom of the dish. Bleagh. You had to mix it into the risotto. Don’t know why they couldn’t have done that themselves.
My favourite was the
Confit rare breed Sussex pork belly, pig’s head, quince confiture, parsnips
It took me some talking into, to order this one. I was expecting a pig’s head. Not a tiney tiny circle of beautiful pork meat. Talk about sensationalism. It was divine. It had the tinest and thinnest pieces of crackling I’ve ever seen.
Dessert was to die for. I
had the signature dish..
Peanut butter and cherry jam sandwich, tonka bean cream and dehydrated cherries
As well as..
Pliable chocolate ganache with dehydrated lime curd and walnut ice cream
We left the wine choices up to Jules and enjoyed them all.
Coffee came with petite 4’s. A nice gnache chocolate and a turkish delight.
After settling the bill (661 pound for 6. Eeek!) we went for a walk around Grosvenor square and took some photos.
After saying goodbye, I went for a walk by myself down Oxford Street to Piccadilly Circus and bought a nice handbag at Accessories.
We had been planning on doing the Soho Pub Walk, but Rachel got lost. We ended up down at the Three Tuns for some drinks. We were peckish later, so went to KFC. Big Mistake. The chips were awful, no salt. The mini fillet burger was okay - except the mayo was filled with black pepper. I couldn’t sleep that night. It didn’t do good things to my belly!
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