Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road restaurant, London

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Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road

Gordon Rams hallway

Dear sister of NQN,

Firstly let me thank you for your interest in Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

I am pleased to confirm your table reservation at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, located at 68 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HP as follows:

Where guests wish to make a reservation, it is the restaurant’s policy to secure the booking with their credit card details. In the event that the booking is cancelled in whole or in part by you with less than 24 hours notice or results in a no-show it will be at the discretion of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to charge £100 per person to your credit card.

We are sorry that this has become a requirement but, regrettably, our experience dictates this precaution. We would be grateful if you could indicate your acceptance by completing and returning this form in order to confirm your booking by fax on 020 7592 1213

Email us at: royalhospitalroad@gordonramsay.com. Unfortunately, we will have to release the table if we have not received the completed form within 48 hours.As we will call you a day before to reconfirm, may I ask you for a contact number where we will be able to reach you on the working day prior to your reservation. Cancellations must be made in writing and sent by fax to 020 7592 1213 or by e-mail to royalhospitalroad@gordonramsay.com

Verbal cancellations cannot be accepted.

We very much look forward to welcoming you at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

On Behalf of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road GR pic

Picture in menu

The night before, we were left a rather firm sounding voicemail that we were expected at a certain time. The outside of the restaurant is understated elegance, with a simple plaque outside the door and a simple white building as befits the upmarket Chelsea area it resides in. Walking through the corridor there is a small area for guests to wait which also has many copies of his 3 Star chef book for those to read. There is no waiting though as service is brisk, they know who we are and lead us to our table. As it's earlyish (12.30pm) the dining room room is about half full but within half an hour, all tables are full of diners.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road menu

The menu (excuse the fingerprints!)

The manager Jean-Claude Breton is a smoothie, reminiscent a little of Jerry Orbach. He asks us who is "hosting" the table to which we reply "Umm no-one". Ahh ok not a problem, he smiles and hands us all menus. My sister and I don't have prices on our menu but my husband has prices in his which is a first. It's a nice touch if someone is hosting the table so that other guests feel more comfortable ordering without keeping watch of the price.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road water

On the first pages are the a la carte menu featuring ravioli or lobster, langoustine and salmon poached in a light bisque with a lemongrass and chervil veloute as well as slow braised pied de cochon pressed then pan fried with ham knuckle, poached quail's egg and hollandaise sauce as well as other fantastic sounding dishes. These can be had for £120. There is also following a menu Prestige or a tasting menu made up of 7 smaller dishes for £90. Then there is the Menu of the day, with 3 courses for £45.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road bread

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Bread with salted and unsalted butter

We order a bit of everything from the Menu of the Day so that everyone can taste all of the dishes. Whilst we are waiting we receive salted and unsalted butter and are asked if we would like olive, white or brown sourdough bread. The olive is my husband's favourite whilst the white sourdough thickly slathered with salted butter is my sister's and mine. The service from the staff is wonderful, quiet and unobtrusive but anticipatory of your needs.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road tomato consomme

Amuse Bouche: vine riped tomato consomme

An amuse bouche arrives, a tomato consomme flavoured with coriander. It's poured at the table and is intensively sweet with ripe tomatoes.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Quail

Quail and wild mushroom pithivier with confit leg and celeriac remoulade

After a very brief wait, our entrees arrive. My quail and wild mushroom pithivier with confit leg and celeriac remoulade looks wonderful, like a mini igloo of pastry stuffed with tender quail and mushrooms. The confit leg of quail is a delicate morsel of sweet quail and I always love a remoulade although it's never been as perfect looking as this. Interestingly, when you dishes arrive, they all arrive at the same time, and the person who sets it down in front of you will lean in and almost whisper a description of your meal to you. My sister finds it funny that it's whispered to each of us although I think it's part of the subtle and discreetly elegant service.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Tuna swordfish tartar

Yellow fun tuna and swordfish tartar with cucumber, dill, quail's egg and caviar

The yellow fin tuna and swordfish tartar with cucumber, dill, quail's egg and caviar is so prettily and intricately laid out with it's ring of thinly sliced halved cucumber it's almost too pretty to eat. But of course we do, with the accompanying toast and it's delicious with the softly boiled quail's egg lending a languorous quality to it.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Confit of salmon

Confit or organic salmon with a salad of tomato, olives and cucumber and baby gem lettuce

The confit of organic salmon with a salad of tomato, olives and cucumber and baby gem lettuce is lovely and crisp on the skin but tender and barely cooked in the centre, the way I like it. It's surrounded by a creamy gazpacho which is poured at the table.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road aged rib of beef

Aged rib of Casterbridge beef, fondant potato, bone marrow, caramelised shallots and red wine sauce

Our mains arrive after a break and the sauces are poured onto the mains at the table. The first is a glistening Aged rib of Casterbridge beef, fondant potato, bone marrow, caramelised shallots and red wine sauce. It's a generous serve with almost a dozen slices of the beef although on a couple of slices the fatty part is a little too chewy. The fondant potato is marvellous, stuffed with two perfect pieces of delicious bone marrow. I only wish there was more potato to go with the beef it's so good.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Suffolk pork belly

Braised milk-fed Suffolk pork belly, caramelised endive, apple, grelot onions and Madeira jus

The Braised milk-fed Suffolk pork belly, caramelised endive, apple, grelot onions and Madeira jus comes in two round discs of juicy pork belly. It tastes almost like a confit in that wonderful juicy yet soft meat falling apart kind of way. The grelot onions are like tiny ends of the eschallot and the Madeira jus goes perfectly with this.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Royal Daurade

Fillet of Royal daurade with artichokes barigoule, navet, carrots, radish, baby gem lettuce and chervil butter sauce

The Fillet of Royal Daurade with artichokes barigoule, navet, carrots, radish, baby gem lettuce and chervil butter sauce is admittedly not my favourite dish, the white fish needing some seasoning and a personal preference of mine is to have the skin burnished, not as silver although it is not bad by any means, just not as comparatively good as the other two mains.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Chocolate lavender tart

Chocolate and lavender tart with toasted milk mousse and milk ice cream

Of course my favourite part of Gordon's 3 star chef cookbook was the desserts so I am waiting for this course with a lot of anticipation. My Chocolate and lavender tart with toasted milk mousse and milk ice cream looks as pretty as a picture.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road toasted milk

Toasted milk still bubbling

The toasted milk mousse is toasted under a grill (or blow torch most probably) and is still slightly bubbling when we get it. The tart isn't particularly strongly lavender flavoured but the toasted milk mousse and vanilla bean milk ice cream is a lovely complement and the little "flowers" are delicate crunchy accents.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Pear tarte tatin

Pear tarte tatin with ice cream and raspberry sauce

The Pear tarte tatin with walnut ice cream and raspberry sauce is simply breathtaking with detail surrounded by halved raspberries in perfect condition (whenever I've tried to cut a raspberry it turns into mush) surrounded by a raspberry coulis and a sweet clear jelly border. The vanilla bean ice cream is heady with vanilla and wonderfully creamy and I savour and enjoy every bite of this dessert.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road rum baba

Rum baba with strawberry and Chantilly cream

The last dessert, a Rum baba with strawberry and Chantilly cream arrives, glisteningly huge and puffed up. The centre is like a tender brioche soaked in syrup and the accompanying small jug of rum and Chantilly cream complements it. Even my husband who doesn't like spongey cakes is enamoured of this although we do go lightly on the rum.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road rum baba

Food porn worthy closeup of the Rum Baba

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road chocolate truffles

Dark chocolate truffles

We're entirely stuffed by now so we forego the coffee and tea and instead we are given our "space agey" looking dark chocolate truffles, dusted on the outside with silver dust. They're stuck on the ends of the silver display and turning a truffle and popping one in your mouth is a treat not to be missed as they are sublime. If only they sold these I'd be buying displays of this for gifts.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road surprise

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream truffles

And if the experience wasn't fabulous enough, we get another surprise, another dessert, brought out to us in a cloud of dry ice. Presentation like this doesn't get any better and when the lid of the silver container is opened and dry ice clouds erupt around it we can't wait to peek inside to see what they reveal... and it is white chocolate coated strawberry ice cream truffles! We pop them into our mouths and they are so very, very good.

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road kitchen

Head Chef Clare Smyth

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road kitchen

Jean-Claude, ever the gracious host, enquires about our photo taking and when we explain he offers us a visit to the hallowed kitchen. It's controlled but extremely busy and hot (well ok the last two points were obvious) where everyone is busy plating together these wonderful dishes. And of course it's clean as a whistle, after watching so many episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, that is the first thing I looked at. And they thoughtfully give us a copy of the menu. I can definitely picture the ladies swooning over the food as well as Gordon himself.

And for those who love Gordon (and who doesn't nowadays?), we also ventured to another of his restaurants, Petrus, so stay tuned for that story :)

To see Gordon at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show click here

Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road Kitchen

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Road

LONDON

SW3 4HP

T: 020 7352 4441

F: 020 7352 3334

http://gordonramsay.com/royalhospitalroad/

Set lunch 3 courses for £45

A la carte 3 courses for £90

Menu prestige 7 courses for £120

Reservations are taken by telephone on the above number exactly two calendar months prior to the requested booking date. They do not accept reservations by fax or email.

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday

Lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm

Dinner 6.30pm – 11.00pm

Dress code

Smart with jackets preferred for gentlemen. Jeans, T-shirts or sportswear not accepted.

All major credit cards.

Smoking is not permitted.