The amuse bouche of the day was a crayfish terrine, served with caviar and a watercress foam. Absolutely delicious, perfectly seasoned and beautiful presentation.
Next was a ballontine of Landes foie gras, with caramelised spiced white peach, brioche pan perdu and white peach jelly. This was divine, but it is pretty hard to screw up foie gras! The jelly was a perfect accompaniment to the foie gras and brioche, though we weren't as thrilled with the taste of the caramelised peach which was a little bland, but did lend a complimentary texture.
We had a choice to make for the next course, and decided to go for one of each option and share. As it was, we only got a brief taste of each others as we were happy to stick with our preferred option. I went for the Roast Fillet of South Coast Brill, served with haddock brandade, roast cucumber, and cockle and cucumber ketchup. The "ketchup" led a fresh tanginess to the dish that lifted it to a delightful level, allowing the freshness of the sweet flesh to shine through without being fussy. BoyWonder went for the Pan Fried Diver Caught Sea Scallops which came with a pumpkin and caper puree,
smoked eel, pickled Kentish apple and smoked hollandaise. The small morsel I got to taste was delicious and perfectly cooked. Both dishes were beautifully presented yet again.
To refresh our palette, a clementine sorbet was then served. Oh my, it was delicious; though more a granita than a sorbet, the fervent flavour was refreshingly tart, and we could have quite happily consumed a bowl of the stuff!
While we again had a choice for the next course, we both decided to go with the Roast Fillet of 28 Day Hung Herefordshire Beef. Rosemary scented layered
Neal's Yard Dairy as part of our Chrismukkah cheeses on Essex Eating's recommendation, was far more impressive.
cherries (and I don't normally like booze and fruit combined), the red cherry sorbet made an appearance again, along with a chocolate tuille and a white chocolate and pistachio ganache. I'm drooling just remembering it.
Now BoyWonder is extremely
There's nothing worse than a disappointing sweet end to the meal. Luckily our Petits Four continued the impressive standard. While one was covered in marzipan - evil stuff - the sponge inside was light, the chocolate one was rich and balanced with cocoa, the jelly-gum was bursting with berry juiciness, but my favourite was the home-made marshmallow.
The Chef's Menu was £69 per person and there is also the option of ordering a glass of wine per course for a very reasonable £30pp extra. We chose to order just a few wines by the glass, and there is quite a wide selection of wines that have this option. The staff were lovely: knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive. We believe that this was one of the best meals we've ever had and I'd highly recommend making a beeline to Thackeray's.
So some questions for you:
- How will BoyWonder top this next year? (Suggestions welcome!)
- Will Vanity Fair make it off my bookshelf soon?
- And most importantly, if my Mum opens the Jake Thackeray link, will I hear her all the way from Australia?
Cheers, KangaRue :)
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