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“Brett Graham simply doesn’t falter” at this “utterly brilliant” Notting Hill champion – yet again London’s No. 1 foodie address thanks to his “adventurous” culinary creations “perfectly executed with panache”. The “muted luxury” of the room is all part of an experience combining “subtle understated elegance, and care given to every detail”.
“Superb meals seem natural”, at Brett Graham’s “flawless” Notting Hill stand-out: yet again London’s No. 1 restaurant; there’s “no pomp” – staff are “so naturally courteous and efficient” – and his “inspired” cuisine is “as close to perfect as you can get”.
“Brett Graham is a genius, whose French/Australasian fusion still dazzles”, and his “impeccable” Notting Hill fixture was again rated London’s foodie No. 1, thanks to its “enchanting” food and “silky smooth” service; can he push on for the dreaded third Michelin star, though, without succumbing to stuffiness and overpricing?
The Ledbury Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The Ledbury There are four two-star restaurants that we think are worthy of promotion, and The Ledbury certainly figures in that number. The welcome, the relaxed expertise of the front-of-house staff, the attention to detail, an example of which is the check carried out on what the customer ate on previous occasions with a view to varying any dishes on the menu if required, the perfect set-up of the dining room and the culinary genius of the kitchen all provide an example of how things ought to be done. Imaginatively presented delicious nibbles, a seaweed crisp with smoked mussel crÃ¨me, foie gras puff with mead jelly, the signature Muntjac dumpling, and grilled cuttlefish with garlic cream, preceded the stunning starters. Not for the first time at the Ledbury we were purring with pleasure at the way picture-perfect dishes were matched by sensational combinations of tastes and textures: pineapple ribbed tomatoes, crab, tomato sorbet and jelly, crab crisp and flower leaf decoration - basically simple but brilliant; white peach, green bean salad with grated foie gras and raw and roasted almonds and green beans - almost vegetarian but really satisfying; steamed romanesque with a parmesan crisp, smoked mussels and a shellfish sauce and basil - sensational. Lobster always goes down well with us and the Ledbury version, exemplary tail wrapped in shiitake and contrasted with macadamia nuts and sauce just showed a serious appreciation of how to get the best out of an ingredient that is becoming almost too common in decent restaurants. The fish course was John Dory perfectly roasted to bring out the texture, fennel, elderflower and a lemon and fennel sauce, and this was followed by â€œagedâ€ (presumably hung rather than just old) pigeon, a dish which really got the most from the bird with tender breast, powerful confit leg, heart and wing with bacon, Australian truffle, a selection of mushrooms, sweet sweetcorn and sweetcorn purÃ©e and a gorgeous meat sauce - a triumph which demonstrated that itâ€™s not all about stacks of vegetables on the side, something emphasised by the juicy Herdwick lamb chop and neck accompanied by white aubergine which had been glazed with black tea to intensify its flavour and olives. A very interesting palate cleanser in the form of frozen gooseberries, doughnuts and clover custard led onto the dessert, a splendid strawberry tartlet with violet ice cream and strawberry sorbet - a fitting end to a wonderful summer feast."
"excellent as always"
"Having eaten at this superb restaurant last year, I wanted to book lunch for our anniversary in March. Although I called in January, I was told they were booked up. I asked if they kept a waiting list and they did; so I asked to go on it and was told I was first on the list. Sadly I heard nothing more and so we ate at another Michelin star restaurant on the day. I can accept that the Ledbury had not had a single cancellation, but it would have been good customer service for me to get an email message to say they were sorry I was disappointed on this occasion - especially as I explained it was our anniversary! Hope this is not asking too much, but I can't imagine it would take the reservations staff very long to send a standard, nice little message."
"The Ledbury It is really reassuring to know that you can rely on some restaurants to deliver an inspiring dining experience, and The Ledbury, which has long been on our elite list, will continue to be so while it achieves such a high level of gourmet satisfaction, and manages to keep the damage to its customersâ€™ bank balance to a level which is very reasonable by comparison with certain other two-star undertakings in London, something that was mirrored by the fact that it was full to overflowing and even turning tables, and this on a Wednesday evening in a dead month like January. The utterly charming welcome was a foretaste of the ultimate in relaxed professionalism typical of the front of house staff so ably directed by Darren and Sam and well backed up by Seamus, the knowledgeable new sommelier, and Martin, our waiter. The one problem with The Ledbury is trying to pick a favourite dish. Take the canapÃ©s, for example - the guinea fowl puffs with mint jelly and the smoked mussel crÃ¨me with perfect crackers were both top-notch, but the muntjac dumplings were just hot venison heaven. Then the natural sweetness of clay-baked candy beetroot slices was modified by the amazing Exmoor caviar to become an ideal match for the smoked, dried eel. Our ravings about that dish were then cut short by stunning Chinese artichokes combining with ham and grated foie gras in a wonderful grape sauce. How could we choose between the two? No time to dwell on such things though because the next dish was Brett Grahamâ€™s take on ham and eggs, which was redolent of truffle as it came to the table and the super tasty bantamâ€™s egg was transfigured in conjunction with its celeriac and truffle partners. Then, when we thought it couldnâ€™t possibly get better, came another memorable winner - soft, flavoursome lobster tail wrapped in Shiitake with sea purslane and pine nuts bathing in a wonderful lobster and sherry vinegar sauce, simply delicious; the second helping of lobster was a really clever dish of pulled claw meat contrasted with roasted cauliflower and a light parmesan crisp which went perfectly with the lobster. Even the set-up for the main was a joy with mushroom shavings giving off a terrific nose and prunes with a lovely partridge and foie gras stuffing, and crunchy bacon providing a just level of texture. We were still mulling over what to choose as our favourite dish as the muntjac was put before us, a feast of perfectly pink venison, the two generous cylinders of meat prominent on the plate amid our preferred baby beetroot, unbelievably delicate smoked bone marrow, muntjac sausage, and red leaves completing an artistâ€™s palette of a dish. And there was no let-up; where some restaurants can allow standards to drop a bit with the desserts, here the pre-dessert was a delight, a quenelle of basil ice cream and the lightest little bergamot doughnut in a palate-cleansing passion fruit sauce, and the honey and thyme buffalo milk ice cream with sherry sponge carried on the level of excellence, only to be outdone by the gorgeous malted banana in its warm chocolate tartlet - a real knockout to finish. The whole evening was a seamless sequence of pleasure, possibly the best weâ€™ve had at The Ledbury, which continues to outshine most of the other two-star restaurants weâ€™ve dined in over the last year."
"Stunning food exquisitely presented. We even had an extra course thrown in for free after we raved about the previous dishes. Our fish eating friend had a superb array of courses too. No detail too small."
127 Ledbury Rd, London, W11 2AQ
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 9.45 pm