26 Aug London: Medlar
To dive deep into the culinary culture of each place we’ve been to, we would choose to experience a mix of fine dining and local eats. From gastronomy to patisserie, I hope foodies would enjoy the restaurant reviews that I put together.
The restaurant earned its first Michelin star in 2013 and it’s been a hot topic on foodie forums and blogs. I booked Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester originally, changed my mind and booked Medlar afterwards. There’s nothing wrong with Ducasse, but I would like to try something with smaller fame and Ducasse restaurants are all over the world, there’ll be always chance for us to try it out.
The menu it offers is easy to understand and not pretentious. Yes, you know what I mean, you have no clue what the dish is by reading the descriptions sometimes. We opted for the 3 course menu and we could choose any dish from each category.
Duck egg tart with red wine sauce, turnip purée, lardons and sautéed duck heart
This is their signature dish and it’s the appetizer almost every single table would order. Very flavourful and solid dish, slightly salty to my taste but it’s great compliment with wine.
Crab raviolo with sea blite, brown shrimps, fondue of leeks and bisque sauce
Impeccable! It’s one of the most memorable dishes we had for the entire trip. Creamy but not heavy, burst of flavourful fresh crab and lobster meat throughout every bite. We were fighting for this dish and that’s how good it was.
Roast guinea fowl with summer truffle pesto, sautéed wings, girolles, broad beans and cauliflower purée
I found this one just okay. The truffle was probably not in season and it didn’t make the dish standout. The sauce was too overpowering. The Guinea fowl however was cooked just right with juicy meat and crispy skin.
Cornish lemon sole with char-grilled baby squid, sauce vierge, runner beans, girolles and wet almonds
Again we fought for the last bite and apparently I much adored the seafood dishes than the meat ones.
Strawberry and champagne trifle with pistachios
The pastry chef was very generous and their desserts were considered quite big portion. I couldn’t finish it but it’s a great dessert. Strawberries were super sweet and everything complimented each other in terms of flavours.
Baked fresh from oven and it’s good but not WOW. It couldn’t compare to the one we had in Guy Savoy Paris. The one we had in Guy Savoy is still the ultimate best mille-feuille hands down!
We also ordered latte to finish our meal and we liked it to the max. It was our favourite latte and nowhere even came close after. I didn’t know how to describe it but we just know that’s the perfect cup of latte. I believe the beans were from Union Coffee and that’s all about I remember.
I give it 8/10. Solid food quality, friendly service and dining environment is relaxed and cozy. Not the best meal we had but it’s very good value for a 3 course menu. We enjoyed this long lunch very much before walking hours later the day. Weekday lunch menu is only £27 pp and the same menu at dinner would be £45 pp.