Monday, 1 October 2012

The Rib Room

September is always a special month in my life as it is John's birthday on the 4th! When it is time for birthday celebrations, the gift is never the problem. The head scratching is caused by the decision making of where we will be dining for the evening!

Last year we celebrated in Florence, which was pretty much the creme de la creme of all birthdays so I unfortunately had to lower my game. London is still an amazing city and so many restaurants to choose from!
After days of research, I finally decided on The Rib Room in Knightbridge. 

The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant is a very elegant and sophisticated destination for dinner and relaxed evenings in the bar. The menu showcases the best of British cuisine using fresh seasonal produce and is known for great cuts of meat and roast rib of beef.  As John is a carnivore, I thought this would be the perfect match!

We were warmly welcomed by the service staff on arrival and started off with a glass of bubbly at the bar and absorbed the relaxed and charming atmosphere.

"Famous among Knightsbridge restaurants.  The Rib Room is reborn following a makeover from interior designer Martin Brudnizke." - The Rib Room

Elegant and intimate, The Rib Room Restaurant blends tradition with contemporary design.  Located on the corner of Sloane Street and the picturesque Cadogan Place, The Rib Room serves great British Cuisine wirh a superb selection of wine and cocktails.

As we were showed to our table, the service staff presented us with menus and laid our napkins out and  received a beautiful bread basket. The wine list is presented on an Ipad and Sommelier Louise Gordon and her team will guide you towards the perfect pairing for your food.

For starters I had Corn fed Chicken salad, peas, truffle mayonnaise and John had Curried skate wing, toasted almonds, broccoli and Kenneth river crayfish. My salad was delicious, but John felt his started was too small and lacked flavour.

For main course we both had Char grilled lamb cushion, roasted celeriac puree, fresh peas and wild mushroom sauce.  It was absolutely delicious and I literally finished the jus with a swipe of the old finger!

For dessert I had the Vanilla set cream, gooseberry compote, warm lemon finaciers and John had the Fresh raspberry bakewell slice, strawberry and Pimm's jelly.  Surprisingly we got served a slice of cheesecake with a candle and everyone in the vicinity wished John a happy birthday! I had forgotten I added that to my preferences when I made the booking!

We ended our dinner with coffee and mouth watering salted caramel truffle petit fours.  
Very satisfying and a great experience!  Thank you to Chef Ian Rudge and his amazing team!

Recipe of the Month from Chef Ian Rudge:

Chilled pea and avocado soup
700g Frozen peas

2 litre Vegetable stock
4g Chopped garlic
40g Sliced shallots
2g Chilli
50m White wine
2g Mint
125g Ripe avocado (Peeled)
50g Spinach
100ml Milk
20g Crème fraiche 
1x Lime
5ml Vegetable oil
Olive oil 

  1. Sweat the garlic, chilli and shallot in a pan to soft with no colour, add the white wine and reduce to almost dry. Add vegetable stock and bring to the boil.
  2. Bring a pan of seasoned water to the boil, add the peas and boil for 1 minute. Strain and add the peas to the boiling vegetable stock, season with salt and white pepper and boil for a further 2 minutes. Add the spinach and mint leaves and remove from the heat. Now add the milk, crème fraiche and avocado.
  3. The soup is now ready for blending, blend soup to a smooth velvety consistency, and pass through a fine sieve into a container, that is sitting on a container of ice. The idea here is to bring the temperature down as quickly as possible to help in keep its green colour.
  4. Once blended refrigerate until ready for use (ideally the same day).
  5. If needed finish the soup with a little salt and lime juice to give it some slight acidity, then serve in chilled bowls with garnish - cherry tomatoes, fresh peas, peas shoots and drizzle with a little olive oil to finish.

Photos provided by The Rib Room Restaurant and Bar

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