|Ozzy (karohemd) wrote,|
@ 2012-03-18 05:50 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||colette's, fine dining, food, food photography, restaurants, russell bateman, the grove|
I'm going to keep this review relatively short as there is a lot to go through (counting all the extras, I had 16 courses) and let the photos do the talking. In every dish the ingredients were perfectly cooked/prepared, stood out on their own while harmonising wonderfully with the others on the plate and offered an interesting mix of textures, just what you want in a fine meal. The following spectacle of culinary delights took almost four hours. In addition to a glass of champagne with the canapees, I had a different wine with almost every dish (a few were paired with the same wine) so I think it was a total of 12 glasses. Not very big ones but definitely enough to make me very happy by the end.
The bread deserves special mention. Not only is it freshly baked on the premises but it's served in a warm linen sack with hot baking beans in the bottom that will keep the bread warm. The butter and olive oil were superb, too.
Spicy braised pig's cheek, coconut. This was served with knife and fork but could easily have been eaten with a spoon so tender was the meat.
A small cheese course. just one variety (Colombier) but this had everything I love about cheese, elements of brie, blue and washed rind.
The tiniest slice of cheesecake ever but it was great. I couldn't have eaten a normal slice, anyway.
There were some petit fours, too but I had to pack up quickly to catch the last train from Watford Junction so didn't get a phot. They were pretty and delicious, like everything else. There are a few more photos on flickr.
Many thanks to the teams front and back of house at Colette's for looking after me so well. I won't forget this meal anytime soon.