I’ve recently returned from the San Pellegrino World 50 Best Restaurant Awards in London which as usual did not fail to disappoint.
The 50 – 100 list was released the week before and we were proud to see Margot Janse, Executive Chef at ‘The Tasting Room’ at Le Quartier Francais in Franschoek in at Number 88. We then waited for the week prior to the big night to see where else South Africa would rank.
We felt so proudly South African when it was announced that Luke Dale-Roberts from The Test Kitchen in Cape Town climbed 20 places to become The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Africa and newly ranked at number 28. Needless to say, the celebration that evening involved lots of Champagne and festivities…
The San Pellegrino World Number One Restaurant went to El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, a massive achievement and worthy of the award.
Before the Awards evening I of course set off on my favourite pastime – a culinary grazing adventure.
Gordon Ramsay’s new MAZE Grill Park Walk was the first culinary stop and together with my friend Nikki Brown, we feasted on some seriously delicious simple food. Maze Grill Park Walk is home to some of the best steaks in London and features a menu of grilled meats, sushi and sashimi. The steaks are matured in ‘salt fridges’ which was fascinating to see. The Smashed Avocado and Sweet Potato Chips was possibly the best I’ve tasted in a long time and needless to say the Fillet from the Rare Breed Selection (dry aged for 28 days) was indescribable. It was also lovely that Gordon himself popped in and we got to have a chat!
” The Smashed Avocado and Sweet Potato Chips was possibly the best I’ve tasted in a long time”
I was staying in Fulham with a dear friend Alex who just so happens to have a great gastro pub – The Brown Cow – across the road from her. I have to say from the décor of beaten wood tables to the ‘rusticness’ of the food – this was a great find and I would urge everyone to pop in and try their burger – one of the best I’ve ever tasted, I even went back twice!
As well as small plates, they also offer a Workers Lunch – consisting of Bubble and Squeak Cake with Fried Duck Egg and Hollandaise – it’s a must.
“I would urge everyone to pop in and try their burger.”
That night Alex had booked us in to Coq D’Argent– Coq d’Argent serves classic French food in its spectacular rooftop setting at No.1 Poultry in the City of London. In addition to the main restaurant, the grill offers a less formal menu at lunchtime, while the outdoor terraces and gardens provide a verdant oasis in the heart of the Square Mile.
Chef Damien Rigollet originally joined Coq d’Argent in 2005 as senior sous chef, progressing to executive sous chef last year. Damien will continue to drive the restaurant forward to deliver an exquisite fine-dining experience in the heart of the Square Mile.
We opted for the Blossom City Menu which was simple and full of different flavours.
Even with the above culinary delights eaten so far, I knew that there was more in store, join me in the next chapter of my London 2015 Food Safari next week.
Have any of you been to any of the restaurants above? Can you guess from previous food safaris where I am going next? I’ll give you a clue: markets and classic favourite restaurants.
Written and Photographed by Anna Ridgewell, Londolozi Executive Chef