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Brett Graham’s virtuoso cuisine has established his “special yet unstuffy” Notting Hill HQ as London’s No. 1 gastronomic address (topping this year’s survey nominations as best meal of the year, and losing only narrowly to The Araki in achieving the highest food rating). “Absence of snob factor” is key: dishes are “sophisticated and elaborate without being pretentious”; “utterly charming” staff are “much more easy-going than at many Michelin-starred peers”; and the “well-spaced” interior lacks grandiosity while being “calm and relaxing”.
“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
"Top of the tree. Restaurant food is often labelled memorable when it is not. The Ledbury lives up to the praise."
"Still the best game in town. Maybe not the most glamorous dining room but excellent, welcoming service, helpful sommelier team and the best food...keep going back despite grown up prices."
"Gorgeous white truffle imbued bantam egg,and crisp pork lifted by a gooseberry and carrot sauce were highlights. Quince ice-cream with sponge and the trade mark thin meringue crisp was over sweet and less interesting."
"Lovely highly accomplished cooking. Minimal gimmicks just great food. Warm but profesional service. Full restaurant with a great atmosphere. Londons best."
"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."
127 Ledbury Rd, London, W11 2AQ
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lunch noon - 2 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 9.45 pm
Last orders: 9.45 pm