London Eating: Roux at the Landau

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

It is so rare that my mum ever comes down to London, so when she does it is certainly reason to celebrate.

I don’t know why but I think she is a little bit scared of the big smoke. I think the madness and grumpy average commuter is a pretty frightening thing for a happy little yogi thing like mama kate.

Anyway after a little persuasion and the promise that I would take her out to a bang up lunch I managed to get her down for some mother daughter time and a little London fun.

Lunch came following a rather hardcore facial, hence the less then flattering photos and blotchy post-facial peel mug shots. If you ask me, there is nothing better then that kinda celebrating for a early-week daytime treat.

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

 

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

It was a semi-celebration lunch. About a month of so ago, I launched my exclusive, tailor made cookery programmes. (They have been a huge success so far.) At the same time I have also taken over as the foodie guru at Grazia, and how have a weekly column – Date Night Dinners.

Mum has also just graduated as the most qualified EVER yoga teacher ever – after over two years of extensive studying, so some champagne bottles were popping… Ok not really, I was hitting the Big Tom bloody marys. You know me! Spicy, lemony with a good black pepper kick, they make them might fine at the Roux too!

London's Best: Roux at the Landau
London's Best: Roux at the Landau

For starters were some rather pleasing little crispy shredded duck rolls. Crispy, fried and light as a crisp. Garnished with a rather pleasing mango lemon curd drizzle. The contrast of sweet with the oily duck was nice, although could have done with a little more citrus.

For mains mum went for the sole, simply cooked in buerre noisette (hazelnut butter : so called because of the nutty colour butter takes on when cooked). Serve to the table whole, we enjoyed the theatricality of the maitre d whipping out the white gloves and mini tool kit the take the perfectly cook flesh off the bone.

I opted for a rather unusual halibut fillet served with a (sort of) marmalade, miso asparagus and fresh grapefruit. The miso and white fish, worked wonders together, the grapefruit adding the right balance of freshness to the plate. The marmalade I was rather indifferent to. It was nice idea for a glaze and the chunky bits added some texture, although I would rather reserve it for the breakfast table in future.

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

Undoubtedly the highlight of the meal was the operatic chocolate millefuille with salted caramel something and glazed pecan what not… sorry it was so delicious I don’t know whether the salted caramel was in the millefuille or the ice-cream it was gone so fast I didn’t stop to think. We all know what happens when you put salted caramel and chocolate together it a dish. If not, Im sure you can tune in those tastebuds and just imagine… it was delicious!

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

London's Best: Roux at the Landau

The sunshine was becoming, so we rounded off the meal promptly, slurping back a couple of pots of green tea, before heading out for an afternoon walk in Hyde Park.

You can check out the menu of the Roux at the Landau here

 

 

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