Excellence at Gunter Seeger

We did the eight course tasting menu at Gunter Seeger and the entire experience was so lovely. When approaching tasting menus there is usually an element of style, design and art involved and at Gunter Seeger you can expect top marks on that. The food itself was absolutely delicious with an amazing wine list. We shared a bottle of reisling from Austria (the name escapes me which I regret) that I am trying to find this bottle in my local wine stores to this day! The service is above and beyond with close attention to detail. The space itself is lovely with a quiet ambiance, more than enough space to move around, and a 10 person chef’s table in the back that overlooks the kitchen. Gunter Seeger is worthy of a celebration meal or maybe even a treat yourself because you deserve it meal!

Heirloom Beet Tart

Heirloom Beet Tart

John’s River oysters, cucumber granite and smoked trout roe

John’s River oysters, cucumber granite and smoked trout roe

Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus

Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus

Four sensation oasis farm egg

Four sensation oasis farm egg

Poached halibut, pea blossom, mussel jus

Poached halibut, pea blossom, mussel jus

Grilled spot prawn, marinated bell pepper, figs from Afghanistan, Lady Edison ham

Grilled spot prawn, marinated bell pepper, figs from Afghanistan, Lady Edison ham

Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle

Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle

Ardith Mae goat cheese

Ardith Mae goat cheese

Fleurs de Jardin Vacherin, strawberry sorbet and pistacchio mousse

Fleurs de Jardin Vacherin, strawberry sorbet and pistacchio mousse

Petit Fours

Petit Fours

Favorites:

  1. Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus- this gives you a nice refreshing lift midway through the menu and I loved the smokiness!

  2. Four sensation oasis farm egg- this egg is fabulous and frothy. The textures will give you of a “home comfort” feel when eating. It’s also paired with a gorgeous slice of bread (not pictured here) so you can scoop out the shell because trust me you will want to.

  3. Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle- fantastic pairing of quail and artichoke. The cook on the artichoke especially is impressive. The artichoke just melts in with the quail which I loved especially given how it is not easy to execute artichoke.

Adda captures the true spirit of what "adda" is all about

Adda has been on most foodies’ radar and for good reason. The menu celebrates casual Indian street food but while it may be casual the flavors are still elevated and modern (I don’t think you’ll find tandoori cauliflower easily on the streets of India!). I loved the snacks and grill selections and after each last bite I wished I could have another plateful. The curries and biryani were good but not my favorite. The masaledar lipatwan murgh (tomato chicken curry) is quite rich and the biryani was more spicy than I had anticipated. The next time I’m at Adda I will focus all my attention to eating the complete snacks and grill section!

Dahi Batata Puri (chatpata aloo, chutneys, yogurt)

Dahi Batata Puri (chatpata aloo, chutneys, yogurt)

Tandoori Gobi (cauliflower, garlic, ginger, amul cheese)

Tandoori Gobi (cauliflower, garlic, ginger, amul cheese)

Masaledar lipatwan murgh (Onion tomato curry with garam masala)

Masaledar lipatwan murgh (Onion tomato curry with garam masala)

Lucknow Dum Biryani (slow cooked goat, basmati rice, saffron)

Lucknow Dum Biryani (slow cooked goat, basmati rice, saffron)

Favorites:

  1. Dahi Batata Puri (chatpata aloo, chutneys, yogurt)- These are bursts of joy and highly addictive! It also combines crunchiness with very well seasoned yogurt.

  2. Tandoori gobi- How can a caufliflower taste so good and not make you miss meat at all? Well for one it must be grilled to tandoori perfect then add some soft cheese on top and voilà!

  3. Amul cheese & chili naan (not pictured)- This is the best naan I’ve ever had. It’s soft, full of flavor and just the right amount of heat.

Feasting at Fausto will leave you feeling full and fabulous

Fausto had been on my list for a while. When the Chef hails from L'Artusi then you know you're in for a good meal. The space was bigger than expected which I appreciated, cocktails were fantastic and service was thoughtful. The tan leather couches, open kitchen layout, low hanging lights makes this a fantastic date night spot or a place for an intimate gathering with friends. Every dish on the menu tasted like it was prepared with fresh ingredients and I love that all pastas are made in house. The only thing I would change is the portion size of the arancini balls. $9 for 3 tiny arancini balls does not much sense to me but thankfully the rest of the dishes were portioned appropriately. I left feeling so satisfied! 

Arancini- quadrello di bufala

Arancini- quadrello di bufala

Cauliflower- anchovy caper vinaigrette, currant, pine nut

Cauliflower- anchovy caper vinaigrette, currant, pine nut

Slow poached eggs- mixed mushroom, toasted farro

Slow poached eggs- mixed mushroom, toasted farro

Whole wheat bigoli al torchio- duck ragu, piave vecchio

Whole wheat bigoli al torchio- duck ragu, piave vecchio

Buckwheat Rigatoni- shitake mushroom, dandelion greens, parmesan

Buckwheat Rigatoni- shitake mushroom, dandelion greens, parmesan

Favorites

1. Arancini- These were crispy, gooey and topped with lots of parmesan. I just wish the size was bigger or that it was priced appropriately so I could have placed a second order!

2. Cauliflower- The texture in this dish was fabulous. The crunchiness of the cauliflower and pine nuts with bites of the softer currant made for a perfect vegetable dish. The anchovy caper vinaigrette added smokiness to the dish and I didn't find it too fishy at all. I was so surprised and impressed by this dish.

2. Buckwheat rigatoni- The mushrooms and greens breaks through the heaviness of the parmesan which lets you be able to finish the entire plate! It's a simple pasta but often times simplicity is all you need to accomplish great flavors.

An exquisite Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the most impressive meal I've had in London. You can expect impeccable service from the moment you walk in through to the very end of the meal when you bid farewell. The menu of the restaurant is a modern play on centuries old recipes. You can actually find the period in which each recipe came to be and how the chefs at DHB have transformed the dish to the 21st century. I loved every dish I tasted and was pleasantly surprised at the well portioned size of the appetizer, sides and entree. DHB is a splurge meal yet a very special one so I highly recommend you have this on your radar for special occasions! 

Just a mandarin and grilled bread? I don't think so

Just a mandarin and grilled bread? I don't think so

Alas! It is actually 'Meat Fruit' Recipe from c.1500. Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled bread

Alas! It is actually 'Meat Fruit' Recipe from c.1500. Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled bread

Roast Venison Loin from c.1850- Braised & grilled red cabbage, pickled cherries

Roast Venison Loin from c.1850- Braised & grilled red cabbage, pickled cherries

Fillet of Hereford Beef from c.1830 with Mushroom ketchup 

Fillet of Hereford Beef from c.1830 with Mushroom ketchup 

Sides included broccoli potato mash and tripe cooked chips

Sides included broccoli potato mash and tripe cooked chips

Tipsy Cake from c.1810- Spit roast pineapple

Tipsy Cake from c.1810- Spit roast pineapple

Complimentary goodies because we were celebrating our anniversary!

Complimentary goodies because we were celebrating our anniversary!

Favorites:

This is a very special meal so I enjoyed every part of it. I do wish I had tried a fish entree just to see how those recipes are recreated at DHB. Next time!