While we were visiting London, our friend suggested a few places for lunch – Barbecoa, Maze or The Ledbury. Our pick was The Ledbury because 1. it’s near to our hotel 2. it’s in the world’s Top 50 best restaurant 3. 2 Michelin stars. At the time of visiting, it has risen in the St. Pellegrino’s rankings to reach 14th position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2012 list. With so many accolades, we arrived with high expectations.
Tucked away in a quiet corner in Notting Hill, the restaurant was already three quarters full when we arrived. We were shown to our seats and after scanning the menus, we opted for the Sunday Lunch menu. Before taking our orders, the staff checked with us if we have any dietary requirements, which I think was quite a nice gesture.
The problem with writing after so many months apart is that I don’t remember what we had and how the dishes taste like. Anyhoo, here are some of the dishes on our table. Canapes-Smoked Cow’s Milk with Black Olives.
Starters – Chilled Courgette Soup with Crab, Parmesan and Basil, Salad of Green Beans, Fresh Almonds and White Peaches
with Grated Foie Gras, Ceviche of Hand Dived Scallops.
Mains – Braised Beef Cheeks, Roast Turbot with Milk Skin, Crisp Suckling Pig.
The dessert selections did not wow us, so we gave that a miss. We were then being served petit fours mandarin jelly, earl grey biscuits and chocolate truffles to finish off the meal.
To be honest, we did not really enjoy the lunch. The place lacked of warmth or maybe it’s just too atas for us. Although, the food was expertly cooked, with several unique touches, they tasted quite safe. It lacked that essence that will make the dish an impressive one.
After lunch, we headed to Portobello Market in search of more food 🙂 The hubs was still feeling hungry from the less than impressive lunch 😀
127 Ledbury Road
Notting Hill, W11 2AQ
Tel: +44(020) 7792 9090