Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Roundup of 2013

2013, where do I even start?

It has certainly been a momentous year, this 2013, and in terms of the foodie in me's gastronomic journey certainly one to remember.

Here's where I rank the top things I have eaten in 2013 (with the caveat being that they must be new dishes or something that I've never eaten before 2013).
In Singapore, and in no particular order:

1. Oceans of seafood's chutoro don and sushi- maybe the memory's fresh in the mind but the bluefin chutoro was par excellence 
2. Cugini's Sea Urchin pasta - perfectly al dente and oh so tasty 
3. Moosehead - the burratina and lamb rump were brilliant, and a special mention goes out to the grilled octopus and asparagus. 
4. The Sushi Bar - chirashi don from a place that used to be manageable but has recently become such a crowded place :( sigh 
5. Burnt Ends - the kingfish collar, leek with truffles, and the beef were all amazing 
6. The Cheese Ark - shoutout goes to the Alisia Victoria amongst all the wonderful cheeses that they have there 
7. Naked Finn - the grilled African lobster made me fall in love with it.

The dish that I ate most frequently is, no surprises for guessing, Barachirashi from Teppei. (Which reminds me that I should make a call for a reservation soon).

Oh well: and for the best things that I ate all year, most of it would have to be from my trip in late August to UK and Spain where I just ate my way through 13 stars. While not all of them were sublime, there were many "wow" moments, and these are some of the dishes that I enjoyed:
1. Foie gras with "salt and pepper" from Restaurant Akelare (San Sebastian, 3 Michelin stars)
2. Poached oyster from Cinc Sentits (Barcelona, 1 Michelin star)
3. Cheesecake from Bar La Vina (San Sebastian)
4. Pigeon from Cinc Sentits (Barcelona, 1 Michelin star)
5. Passionfruit Sorbet from the Ledbury (London, 2 Michelin stars)
6. Pigeon from Restaurant Akelare (San Sebastian, 3 Michelin stars)
7. Lobster with garden vegetables from Restaurant Azermundi (Bilbao, 3 Michelin Stars)
8. Squid and squid ink from Restaurant Azermundi (Bilbao, 3 Michelin stars)
9. Scallop from Hedone (London, 1 star)
10. Oxtail ravioli from Restaurant Azermundi (Bilbao, 3 michelin stars)

Onward we go into 2014, and may God be always there in our lives as we walk with Him, amen. May He bless you, with himself. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Oceans of Seafood @ Pasarbella

An old friend of mine, J, wanted to go for this 1 for 1 oyster promotion at Oceans of Seafood, Pasarbella - basically the deal is that you pay $35 which entitles you to free flow of alcohol (warm sake, Sapporo, sparkling wine) and also allows you to order 1 for 1 oysters from their Oyster Bar. 

We ordered some Fanny Bays from Canada and some Taylor Bays from the USA to start with. The Taylor bays were pretty good - sweet and with a slight metallic taste that I love about oysters. The Fanny bays were okay - not much flavour it must be said. (They were 21 bucks for 6 which meant 21 for 12 when the promotion kicks in). (7/10 for the Taylor and 6/10 for the Fannys)

We also ordered some Holland oysters which were really huge but surprisingly I found them to be the best of the lot- they had that metallic taste that I do like about oysters and a succulent texture that provided good mouthfeel.  (8.5/10)

Arguably the surprise of the day was the Chutoro promotion that we spotted whilst dining at the Japanese section - Chutoro nigiri was $3 for one, and so was the Negitoro handroll. We ordered both and I enjoyed the Chutoro nigiri so much that I kept ordering - the piece of fish that they put on the rice was just delicious, it was really huge as can be seen from the photos, and just a delight to the tongue, delicious! Full of the tuna fish flavours. (8.5/10) We devoured about five or six each of those. In fact I may even like Chutoro more than Otoro.

I needed dinner, so I ordered the Toro Don which came with four pieces of Chutoro and some Otoro Negitoro. This was again delicious, succulent and sweet Chutoro can't be beat. I normally don't like negitoro but this was good - with enough tuna flavours which made things delicious. The rice was good too. it was just that, at $25, I am wondering whether it was more worth it to buy the toro nigiri only (I would have been able to order 8 nigiri for the same price). (8.5/10)

(ps: I don't really know how to "rate" chirashis because it's really just the fish and the rice right. The rice could have been more vinegarish - that's how I like it such as the one from Hakumai).

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Morsi and Sorsi

Ironically one of the most satisfying meals I had in the Christmas week was at Morsi and Sorsi, which is a new one-month old eatery located next to the Rotesserie at Telok Ayer Street. It looks pretty much like a deli with counter seats around a bar, with not much in terms of ambience save for some outdoor al fresco seats. The menu for instance came on a plastic sheet. But hey, don't be deceived by its looks for the food was really good and authentic.

It was a long time since I had the opportunity to catch up with T who works just across the street at capital square and so he did the ordering- beef cheeks and crabmeat vodka spaghetti to share. 

The crabmeat spaghetti was excellent - big chunks of spaghetti in a tomato vodka base with spaghetti, although the spaghetti was a tad overlooked and nothing like the delicious version at Cugini. the flavours though were authentic, accentuated by hints of Italian parsley and other herbs. Very fresh tasting (7/10).

I was very impressed with the braised Wagyu beef cheeks which was just sublime- a huge chunk of meat that was fork-flakingly tender and which was accompanied by creamy mash that incorporated much butter, garnished with carrots. The beef cheeks had an intense beefy flavour that one doesn't often find in beef cheeks nowadays (most places only provide you with the tenderness but the deep beefy flavours are somewhat lacking.) (8.25/10) Hearty primal food.

The best thing about this place was the price: the huge slab of wagyu beef cheeks was only $20, a steal at these days of inflated pricing all around.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Chirashi at Hakumai

Save for the rather high prices, I was quite happy with my chirashi don at Hakumai (International Plaza) which came with scallops, some sort of fish roe, the usual hamachi, salmon, ikura, hirame (was certainly too tender to be engawa), etc all over some lovely vinegarish rice which is just the way I like my sushi rice. (8/10)

Honestly speaking though, I wasn't too fond of the Truffle Chawanmushi which was a bit too much and the musky flavours of truffle just don't seem right paired with the floral flavors of a good Chawanmushi. I did particularly like the accompanying soup though, redolent with eggs and prawn flavour. (5/10)

Overall the fish here is certainly very fresh but at $38++ it remains slightly high to be eating on a regular basis considering that Teppei is just around the corner.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ikkousha, Tanjong Pagar

Ikkousha has opened a new outlet in Tanjong pagar plaza - wow the area around Tanjong pagar road is rapidly becoming ramen central, since there's now Ikkousha along with Tonkotsu king, Kagoshima and Tori King. Lovely and I'm not complaining since my office's nearby.

The place was really spacious and airy and filled with Japanese waiters for some authenticity. 
I had the Tonkotsu Ramen - which came with a thick pork soup which had pork bones simmering for ages to produce such a rich and thick stock. Quite robust and delicious although the stock from Keisuke was probably nicer. The noodles were good - pretty yellow - and the egg was well done too. Special mention goes to the pork slices which were tender and juicy. overall a very competent effort: 8/10

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sea Urchin Pasta from Cugini

It's been a while since I visited Cugini which was some years ago, when I was still in university, and it's nice to know that the place still retains its charm of being a homely friendly Italian place which serves really authentic food.  You know the place is authentic when even the waitresses are Italian.
I ordered the special of sea urchin pasta which was excellent. The first thing I notice was the lovely al dente texture of the pasta. Most places in Singapore feature pasta that's too soft, but the one here was perfect- al dente and with a firm bite. It was a joy to eat, paired with the umami from the sea urchin which coated the spaghetti nicely, with just enough sauce to do the trick.

Excellent and I will certainly come back to try some of the other pastas. (8.5/10)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Moosehead Kitchen and Bar

Moosehead kitchen and bar (Telok Ayer Street) is fast becoming one of my favourite restaurants where I can eat well without breaking the bank. I bumped into Z at the gym and I decided to head to Moosehead to eat some dinner and to catch up.

The Burratina was absolutely delicious - this was warm toasted bread with cold burrata, basil oil, olive oil, and tomatoes - the flavours mixed perfectly and so well, so flavourful and tasty and enlivened by the fruitiness of that olive oil. The tartness of the tomatoes cut through the creaminess of the burrata. Delicious! (8.5/10)

We next had a roasted eggplant with capers - I didn't quite fancy that since I don't particularly like eggplant but this was a good effort. (6.75/10)

The third dish was another winner - the grilled octopus with heirloom tomatoes and potatoes. Delicious, char-grilled octopus was full of flavour and very tender, and paired with some paprika-spiced sauce with heirloom tomatoes and the potatoes. Everything melded together beautifully with the sweetness of the tomatoes cutting through the saltiness of the octopus. Again, great job. (8.5/10)

Again, I would have to say that the food at Moosehead is excellent. Can't wait to go back to try all the dishes!

(PS: No photos: my camera died)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fu Ming Cooked Food, Redhill

I needed to go to Redhill and was around the area so I decided to have dinner at the Redhill Market which I have heard is a place with many great hawker stalls. I was searching for that elusive stall with a household name that I recognise - but wasn't able to find any until I saw "fu ming cooked food" which I seemed to recall reading about somewhere.

I ordered the black carrot cake which started from $2 and which was so delicious- there was a wok hei about it and I just love the delicious caramelisation from the egg and the homemade carrot cake itself was soft with lovely texture. Smoky fragrance and just how a carrot cake should be. (8.5/10)

The black carrot cake was so delicious that I ordered a portion of the white - this was not bad as well with good heat from the chilli and one can appreciate the softness of the carrot cake. However I felt the black version edged it slightly . 8/10

It's a delicious dish that tastes excellent - highly recommended! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Sushi Bar, Far East Plaza

I've blogged about the sushi bar a while ago and ever since the first few visits, they've really done well for themselves. They've developed a really impressive reputation as a place that sells good fresh value for money sushi and sashimi and they've expanded to the next door outlet as well. Pretty praiseworthy.

And so how was the food? I felt like Gordon Ramsay coming back to a restaurant (not that I gave them any criticism or feedback last time - far from that). Just to try out the food though, it was all very delicious. I had the basic chirashi for $25 and I told eugene the boss to aburi more of the items. Therefore my bowl of chirashi came with 2-3 thick slices of salmon and some aburi salmon, tuna, swordfish, tai and some tamago. The fish were all good and certainly fresh - good fish oils coaxed through the aburi. The ikura was very fresh too and certainly firm enough which is a good sign. The scallops were deliciously sweet and juicy. Rare praise must be given to the tamago which sweetness contrasted beautifully to the rest of the meal.

If there was only complaint, it would be that some fresh wasabi would be nice. otherwise this is a good a bowl of chirashi as any. Excellent. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Burnt Ends, Singapore

I've been dying to give this place a try for the longest time, for I have heard great reviews about it from all and sundry who have eaten here - ranging from food luminaries such as Tan Hsueh Yun and Debbie Yong and the food bloggers, to my friends who swear by their beef onglet with bone marrow and smoked quail eggs.

An old school friend of mine and I were scheduled to catch up last week and so I suggested Burnt Ends - to which he had no objection. It was rather fortunate that I went slightly earlier since the queue really intensified after I sat down  - with many customers turned away since the restaurant was already full.

The chef, Dave Pynt, learnt his ropes at the famed wood-fire restaurant known as Extebarri, which is located in the Basque country. To the uninitiated, Extebarri  is famous for its oven / smoker which coaxes the most smoky, powerful flavours and primal flavours from food. It's not namby pamby tippy tappy stuff but caveman food just as it was eaten a long time ago. At Burnt Ends, I was informed that Dave designed and built the oven himself, and this was probably from the skills he learnt at Extebarri. And, not surprisingly given the name, Burnt Ends specialises in use of the grill and the oven, this sort of primal caveman food that's sure to satisfy your soul - nothing fanciful and chichi about the food here.

I started off with a "warmed oyster" which was an oyster that's warmed up just so - pretty delicious, consisting of a salty and briny oyster juxtaposed with a slightly burnt and smoky gravy. Quite good although much of it would actually depend on the actual oysters used. The day I went, I am guessing it was a Coffin bay oyster. (8/10) - since they served Coffin Bay oysters by the half-dozen as well.

Next up, we had Burnt End's famous smoked quail eggs - these small morsels of quail eggs were smoked and had that smoky flavour. I've heard lots of hype about it but I felt these were perhaps just okay - I was probably not as enthused on those as the rest of my friends were. (7/10)

I really enjoyed the next dish though - this was the kingfish which came with apples. The kingfish was delicious - lots of nice charred bits on the outside (see the photo to your left), and the meat of the fish was very tender and juicy, replete with plenty of delicious fish oils. The whole oiliness of the fish was well-balanced with the tartness of the green apples which managed to cut through that richness. (8.5/10). To me this was the star of the show and one of the best dishes of the night.

Last but certainly not least, the beef onglet with bone marrow arrived at our table. This was another delicious dish which was bursting with flavour. I had my first bite and encountered the most smoky beef ever, a srtong beefy taste and accompanied by an incredibly rich sauce. It was really tender and succulent. (8.25/10)

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the meal at burnt ends. Certainly I can see why it's such a popular restaurant, and the crowds don't lie as to the extent of the excellence of the cooking here. Loh Lik Peng (the owner) and Andre Chiang's partnership has done it again. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

SPR.MKRT's Flourless Chocolate Cake

I don't usually wax lyrical over desserts, but I must say that the Flourless Chocolate Cake at SPRMKRT (Mcallen Street) is really good! The Flourless Chocolate Cake had a great texture - full of chocolate and little bits of ground nuts (almonds, I believe) which gave it some bite and variety in texture. The taste was spot on at all, not too sweet nor bitter, and with a wonderful taste of chocolate and almonds. Delicious and I would certainly go back for it (8.25/10). Only thing is that it's rather pricey but oh well.

PS: I hear the truffle fries are great as well. Wow.

(PS: SPRMKRT is really SUPERMARKET without the vowels - but unfortunately it sounds weird when you pronounce it without the vowels. Try it! ;))

Friday, November 8, 2013

Cheng Delicacies, Tiong Bahru

A colleague's friend of mine brought me down to this delectable hideaway at Yong Siak Street (past 40 hands) for a taste of some curry rice, and some other "czechar" style dishes.

First up was their "bai rou" (white pork), which I enjoyed very much. It was perfectly cooked pork belly, doused in a slightly sweet, vinegarish, garlicky dressing with loads of freshly chopped cilantro - very refreshing and delicious. In fact, it was probably the standout dish of the day, it was that good. The sauce was extremely slurpworthy. (8.75/10)

The rest of the other dishes were pretty alright, if not to the high standards of the bai rou. There was a chicken chop which was still crisp and hot - quite delicious - but I found the batter not savoury enough such that we needed to douse it in the curry (which was Japanese style). A competent attempt (7/10)

I was impressed with the prawn rolls which were very fresh and still piping hot. You could tell that they were homemade through the slightly coarse texture. Delightful. (7.75/10)

We also shared some Hong Kong kailan and they were not bad as well - well prepared. (7.5/10)

To round it off, we had some soup - this was a seafood soup since our original choice of Kiam Chai Ark was no longer available. It was quite pleasant, tasty enough. (7/10)

Overall the meal came up to S$75 for 4 people - which was pretty pricey in my humble opinion, for 5 dishes. That meant that each dish was on the average S$15 which was probably on the high side. Still, I would come back for the bai rou, certainly.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Foong Kee Coffee Shop

Foong Kee has been well-renowned as one of the top roast meat places to go to in Singapore and being thefoodieinme, it was actually quite sad and a tad surprising that I haven't been able to try it yet, or I just didn't have the chance to. Hence, I met a friend of mine yesterday afternoon to try what they had to offer. It's in a really old-school coffeeshop, a throwback to the past, but in these kinds of places you're really looking for ambience - you're allowing the food to speak for itself, and boy did it speak!

I ordered 3 types of meat with noodles and everything was good: the char siew was tender, the roast pork had a good crackling and the duck well brined and flavoured through with generous use of five spice powder. Certainly a good roast duck although I would have preferred more skin - but that's just picking at skin straws. The noodles were quite QQ and done well, and the braising sauce had a good savouriness to it.

I would certainly come back again- food's delicious and pretty reasonable. 8/10

PS: i was still full 7 hours after. Haha.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Men Ichi Ramen

Was on reservist last week so I helped myself to food from jurong point - which is a place I'd never go to if it weren't for reservist- that place is so crowded and busy and it's so far west.

I didn't have much expectation for this ramen from Men Ichi but surprisingly it passed muster. Very nice char Siew - smoky and tender. The broth, shio style, was not bad, pretty good. 7/10

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Koh Grill and Sushi bar

Shiok Maki
One of the most well-loved "fusion" sushi dishes in Singapore has to be the "shiok" maki found at Koh Sushi bar - a rather creative "fusion" dish comprising aburi torched salmon, avocado, and unagi (eel) all doused in a special mayonnaise sauce and topped with flying fish roe.

I had it once before and honestly I didn't find it amazing back then - all I could taste was the smokiness and light char of the aburi salmon but that was about it - it seemed to me to be pretty one dimensional. This time though, I am glad to report that the shiok maki was really quite "shiok" - the char of the aburi went very well with the mayo and the eel and topped with the texture from the flying fish roe - combined to form one cohesive, savoury whole. Quite shiok indeed. (8.25/10)

Hamachi and Salmon sashimi
We also ordered some hamachi sashimi and salmon and I am glad to say that these were also done very well, especially the hamachi which was of an extremely high quality - very fresh, fatty and with all those valuable fish oils (7.75/10) The salmon didn't fare so well however - slightly sinewy (6.5/10).

Pidan Maki

We also ordered the pidan maki which was good if not great - there was a good texture all around with the bits of spring onions and flying fish roe, although the pidan was really just a savoury note in the background as it usually is. Interesting - though structurally I wish that the pidan was more "embedded" in the roll. (7.5/10)

Overall it wasn't cheap - the four items above came up to about S$65 which was really quite expensive considering I could eat a huge chirashi don at Mitsuba for S$28. Hmm.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Zhen Zhou Dao (Singapore Style Porridge), Tanjong Katong Road

I've been meaning to try this place ever since Tan Hsueh Yun ran the article on it in the Sunday times - on how the food's excellent and all that. Hence, when my colleague informed us that he was driving that day, we seized the opportunity to venture down from our office in Tanjong Pagar to another Tanjong, the sleepy Tanjong Katong Road - to try out this "cze char" place. The day the review was published, I went with family to try the food there but unfortunately we couldn't get a table as it was fully booked.

Hence, it was a great relief to see that the place was rather empty for a weekday lunch. The effervescent owner, Grace Lim (daughter of Moses Lim i.e. Tan Ah Teck) came out to greet us and motioned us to try the porridge (which is what they're famous for) with some cze char dishes. We gladly obliged.

We ordered a pork ball porridge to share (she mentioned that it came with homemade pork balls which of course perked our interest), with some century eggs on the side; as well as other dishes. The pork ball porridge was a bowl of home-made goodness - flavourful porridge and with good texture from the pork balls. Very homely food. I was particularly impressed by the century eggs - they were very creamy and with a natural century egg flavour which was particularly appetizing, since not many places these days sell century eggs with that sort of eggy flavour that characterises a good century egg. (8/10 for the porridge)

The prawn rolls came out also and these were again excellent - very rough texture that comes from hand chopping the prawns rather than blending them, and deep fried. (8.25/10) 

We also ordered the "gan chao mee sua" which had a very fragrant aroma that wafted into our consciousness the moment it came out of the kitchen. The meesua was done very well, very tasty on its own without even the need for any condiments or chill of any kind. (8.5/10)

Tan Hsueh Yun also recommended the vegetables with fermented beancurd, which we also ordered - these were again done very well. The kailan was done just right, with the fermented beancurd a joy to eat (and not too smelly). (8.25/10)

Last was the poached superior beef with bean sprouts - this was another good dish with the meat having good flavour and marbling (of course - fat means flavour), served with bean sprouts and a savoury salty sauce which I would imagine would be great for spooning over rice. (8/10)

Zhen Zhou Dao's a delightful place to eat and I would certainly revisit, perhaps with my family the next time. Good food, prepared well, with heart and soul

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Moosehead Kitchen Bar, Telok Ayer

I was mightily impressed with my dinner last week at Moosehead Kitchen Bar - as all the food that was served was delicious, homely, and full of flavour - which is what's required for a good meal, really. To be honest, no foot was put wrong - which is more than I can ask for in Singapore's dining scene. And to top it off, it wasn't that expensive.

To start off - we had asparagus with fried "leeks" in a miso sauce. This was just delicious (8.5/10) - the fresh crunchy asparagus went exceedingly well with that sauce which was perfect for mopping up - and with good contrast from the fried leeks.

We were served some complimentary appetizers - this was dates wrapped with bacon which provided a nice contrast - where the tartness of the dates contrasted well with the bacon. 8/10

Next up we were served "smashed eggs" with porcini mushrooms and truffles - this was another great dish; alot of fragrance and umami from the truffles, a good earthiness to it. (8.25/10)

Lastly - we ordered a sea bass pan fried with olive oil and dill and other ingredients - cabbage. This was good too - the sea bass was flavourful and tender and paired well with the dill (classic combo, surely) - with top grade olive oil drizzed all over it. It reminded me of a dish i had at lolla (oven baked sea bream with a similar concept) but this is one sure-fire way to do fish. Great! (8.25/10)

The food at Moosehead's just excellent, and the place is really a welcome addition to the dining scene in Singapore. i'll definitely be back at those low prices.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bar La Vina

Back to some San Sebastián posts - we obviously went pintxo hunting - visited countless bars and each of them had their own atmosphere and specialties. This place La Vina was well known for their cheesecake that you'd have with a glass of sherry. It had a slightly homemade texture, light yet with enough cheesecake texture, a burnt exterior, caramelised edges and good cheese flavour. Absolutely delicious and something I can still remember (8.75/10). probably one of the best desserts of the trip.

Stranger's Reunion Shashouka

Trying breakfast at Stranger's Reunion - as you may know, Ryan and his team has created a new breakfast menu in collaboration with a chef from Axil coffee roasters and it includes interesting items like shashouka and eggs florentine and ham hock. 

Needed some recommendations - and in the end I ordered the shashouka. It was decent - certainly the eggs weren't overlooked, tomatoes were sweet enough - there was the addition of pine nuts on top which provided some texture. I thought the shashouka could have been more spicy certainly since i remember shashouka to be a little fiery with the added flavour of cumin and some middle eastern flavours. Not bad but perhaps just a 7/10.

My espresso from Bali was really excellent - a heady mixture of dark chocolate, and cherry fruits. it starts bright and fades to a syrupy dark chocolate aftertaste. Excellent espresso (8.5/10)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Ledbury, London

The Ledbury might just be the most respected restaurant in London right now - I won't say it's the "hottest" table, since perhaps Dabbous and Viajante can lay claim to that title - but certainly it's a restaurant that has been well-respected and liked by almost everyone in the food scene in London and by many of my friends who have had the fortune of dining there. Brett Graham, the chef, has been lauded as a true star, well-known for his innovative, creative cuisine - and being so young. Oh, the Ledbury also holds 2 Michelin stars, by the way. And getting a reservation here was tough - I had to book about 1-2 months in advance. So it was with great expectation that we made our way west to Ledbury Road in Notting Hill.

The dining room was pretty nice - big and spacious with wood panelling on the walls and a high ceiling. Pretty elegant and not stuffy at all.

The service, while excellent, paled slightly in comparison to Gordon Ramsay which I visited the day before.

We began with an amuse bouche - this was foie gras tart - a good starter, no doubt.

We were offered a selection of either the lunch menu at 35 quid, or to order from the Ala Carte Menu. I went with the set lunch with an additional course from the Ala-Carte (the grilled mackerel, which is apparently one of their specialties).

heirloom tomatoes with goat's cheese salad
The first course I had was heirloom tomatoes with goat's cheese salad. This was delicious - the tomatoes were fresh and sweet as they should be, and contrasting well with the creaminess of goat's cheese which was wrapped in pastry sheets. I enjoyed this summer helping. (8/10)

mackerel with shiso
Next was the dish I ordered from the ala carte menu, which was the flamed mackerel with avocado puree and shiso. A lovely dish - the mackerel was well cooked, oily, cut through by some herb (cumin?) and flavoured well - the skin being crisp and tasty. The addition of fried shallots was a nice touch, and balanced by some cucumbers and greens which were fresh. A long aftertaste - that was what I recorded down. Good dish. (8.5/10)

sea bass with broccoli stem and black quinoa
After that, I had the main course - which was a sea bass with broccoli stem and black quinoa. The fish had good texture and contrasted well with the quinoa on top - with the sauce complementing well. To be honest, this was a bit tame after the strong flavours of the mackerel. (7.5/10)

passionfruit souffle

We shared a passionfruit souffle which was excellent - one of the best desserts of my entire trip. The passionfruit flavours were fresh, zesty, and shone through the souffle which was light and fluffy. Excellent dessert and well worth the calories. (9/10)

watermelon panna cotta

What didn't fare so well was the watermelon with panna cotta - which was just so; not very exciting though certainly quite refreshing.  (7/10)

cheese platter

We ended off with some cheese from La Fromagerie, all of which was excellent. 

From my dining experience at the Ledbury, I'd say this is a strong contender for London's next 3 star restaurant, whenever it arrives. The food is excellent with some standouts, the price not too exorbitant, with good service and atmosphere. Highly recommended.