Gordon Ramsay at The London

March 2, 2012

Gordon Ramsay at The London
1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 358-7788

October, 2011

I was a little skeptical when I came during Dine LA week.  My friend told me that her dining experience was horrible and suggested I try another place.  I insisted on trying this restaurant mainly because of Gordon Ramsay’s fame.  If he is such a famous chef, how bad can the restaurant be?  When I arrived at the restaurant, the maitre d’ seated us at a nice booth next to the window.  I went around 6:00 while it was still bright outside.  It was a nice ambiance with the natural light coming in through the windows.

The decor was modern and simplistic, which makes the dining experience different from all other fine dining restaurants.  In contrast to all the heavy drapes, dark-colored wood and dimly light places, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant was mainly white and simple.

My appetizer was amazing.  I ordered the veal instead of a normal salad since I remembered watching an episode of Hell’s Kitchen when Gordon Ramsay ordered the best veal for the competitors.  He was very critical of how they cooked it because most of them overcooked the meat.  Mine was cooked just right.  I’m normally not a beans person but I have to admit it was a very good complement to the veal.  The thai-style sauce was exactly what was needed to bring out the taste.

Crispy Veal Sweetbreads and Apples

 

Charred Octopus Salad

 

I normally don’t go for chicken breast either since most restaurants make it really dry and hard but decided to try it anyway.  It turned out to be a lot better than the wagyu brisket, which was originally my first choice.  Again, the chicken breast was cooked perfectly, very juicy and tender.

Roasted Organic Chicken Breast

 

Braised American Wagyu Beef Brisket

We decided to add an additional $6 to get the Lobster Risotto with Mascarpone Cheese.  It was definitely a good choice.  Unlike the normal mac and cheese that you get at other restaurants, this combines lobster meat with refined cheese sauce.  Instead of using cheddar cheese like what most restaurants use, the risotto contains mascarpone cheese, which makes the taste of the cheese not as strong.  Using a lighter cheese also brings out the taste of the lobster.

Lobster Risotto with Mascarpone Cheese

Dessert was of course, amazing. No explanations needed.

Valrhona Chocolate Fondant

Pear and Almond Tart

Happy eating,
Joey ♥

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