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.
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!
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.
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!
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