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London House (Gordon Ramsay) in Battersea, London

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London House in Battersea is Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant (and cocktail lounge) in the British capital, which opened in February 2014. Behind the stove is chef Anna Haugh-Kelly, who previously worked at Pied à Terre and The Square in London, among others. With this new addition, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant empire now counts 27 restaurants, with outposts in London (12), the United States (9), France (2), Italy (2) and Qatar (2).

The restaurant offers an la carte menu that features modern British dishes with mediterranean influences and the cocktail lounge offers a nice selection of cocktails including the infamous "Three Martini lunch". London House is open for dinner Tuesday till Sunday and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays they also serve lunch. I had dinner with my husband and a friend at London House on Saturday 19 April 2014 we all ordered a 3-course meal. On that night the menu mentioned a price of £35 for the 3 course meal; currently the restaurant's website mentions a price of £40.

My starter was Braised pig's head croquettes, soft boiled quail's egg, bitter leaves, pickled carrot and caper mayonnaise. The croquettes were well-made, with a nice and crunchy breadcrumb casing and a delicious, moist filling that had a pulled pork-like texture. A lovely dish, the richness of the croquettes balanced nicely by the bitter leaves and the pickled carrot.

Even better was succulent Norfolk chicken with a crisp skin, covered with fresh herbs like parsley and mint, served with fried polenta, pea puree, Chantenay carrots and an elegant and flavoursome chicken jus. A delightful dish that was well-executed.

For dessert I decided to go for the 'British cheeses' (no photograph). On the plate were goat's cheese, Lincolnshire poacher and blue cheese (from Tipperary) and some homemade plum and onion chutney. A rather safe selection, but nice enough.

London House serves up flavoursome dishes, cooked with skill and care. The cheese course was perhaps a bit uninspired, but apart from that there were no faults to be found. On the menu is a great selection of starters, mains and desserts; clever dishes without fiddles. Dishes that are more about simplicity than complexity, food that you can just eat and enjoy. I really liked London House, prices are good and the service was excellent. If I lived in the area this restaurant would certainly be a contender in the 'regular haunt' contest.

Posted 20-06-2014


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