I haven’t recommended a restaurant to you all for ages, so to make it up to you, I’m going to tell you about one of the best places I’ve EVER eaten.
That’s a big statement. For anyone. But honestly Adam’s food blew me away. If you follow me on Instagram (and you really should…@madebymargie) you will have seen some of the pictures from when we went to Caxton Grill.
Adam was on Masterchef – the Professionals a couple of years ago and I’ve thought about his food ever since. Everything he made was breathtakingly beautiful and always drew gasps of delight from the judges. Never have I ever been more jealous of Greg Wallace. I think about the pistachio cake he made for Michel Roux Jnr on pretty much a daily basis. I’m odd, I know, but honestly you would too if you had seen it. The thing about Masterchef is that, yes it all looks amazing, but what does it TASTE like? Yes, you see the judges licking their lips and diving in for another ‘taste’, but you don’t get the full experience of the food.
So when I heard that Adam had opened a restaurant, my taste buds positively tingled with excitement. I’ve been trying very hard to pretend that my birthday is not rapidly approaching, seriously 2014, why have you gone so quickly?! I’m so not ready to be another year older. However Adam’s new restaurant seemed the perfect consolation prize to getting older, and this seemed the perfect present.
We braved the monsoonal rains on a cold and blustery Monday night and I have to tell you it was mind blowing.
Some of the flavour combinations he dreams up are so original, if you didn’t know better you may doubt him. But never underestimate this chef. He’s a complete genius. It’s hard to believe his food tastes even better than it looks, as it’s all completely beautiful, but I promise you its true.
We went for the set menu which was three courses for £35 and included a glass of Prosecco. Pretty amazing value if you ask me! I’m not sure how much longer that deal is on for, but there is also a tasting menu for £55 which I really want to try as well! Have a look at the website to see for yourself. We tried to opt for different dishes so we could try as many things as possible. It wasn’t hard as everything sounded amazing!
To start with, we had the Slow-cooked duck egg with goats’ curd, truffle, burnt salad. This was what I chose and it was amazing. The burnt salad was such a good idea and is something I am definitely going to do myself. You just cook the salad leaves at a really low temp, about 100C for 3 hours or so and they go gorgeously crispy like chinese seaweed…but healthy!
Ham hock with pineapples, cheddar cheese, hazelnut. I thought this sounded bizarre, but it was amazing.
Chloe loved it…she is happy here, she’s just deep in concentration…promise!
Fennel pollen salmon, peach, radish dandelions.
As pretty as a picture!
On to the main courses…
Lamb shoulder ponzu caramel, roast onion. The waitress poured a gorgeously silky gravy over it at the table. I tasted it and the lamb was just incredible. It melted in your mouth. That term is over -used but this is the kind of food that phrase was invented to describe.
I opted for the Buttered hake, leek, spring onion, wasabi, savoy. This was absolutely incredible. The fish was delicate and light, but somehow insanely buttery and just amazing. I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. No word of a lie.
Helena really loved this, and I got a great shot of her tucking in. But I’m pretty sure she’d disown me if I showed you the picture of her gobbling, so here is her discovering I had been snapping her…
And all the sides we could eat…perfect carrots
and garlicky spinach… my personal fave.
Then it was on to pudding!
Chocolate & blackberries truffle, rosemary & blackberry ice cream. Seriously rich, but very good!
Strawberry lime, yoghurt, mousse, almond. This is just the sort of food I love! So pretty, clever and tastes absolutely amazing. This was light, fresh and the perfect balance of flavours! I am definitely going to be serving my ice creams in these cone shapes from now on, they look amazing!! Think you could just make the cones using greaseproof paper and then pop them in the freezer once you’ve filled them with ice cream or sorbet. Gorgeous.
We loved it all so much, my lovely friend Jen bought me Adams book, “Smile or get out of the kitchen”. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get cooking from it. As Jen pointed out, she had an ulterior motive with the present as now she’ll get to eat my experiments with Adams recipes. She’s a clever little cookie.
I genuinely couldn’t recommend Adam’s food enough and if you are looking for somewhere new to try, head over to Caxton Grill, you will not be disappointed! I mean just look at how happy we are…a group of happy campers!
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