NakedSushi review of 'Ledbury' during the riots
Not only is the Ledbury a starred dining experience, the staff will be your body guards too! I've been meaning to eat there for ages, but am even more impressed after reading this blog post.
"Around the fourth dish of the tasting course, there were loud bangs outside. The restaurant staff was yelling at us to get away from the windows. Before I knew it, the front door, a solid piece of glass shattered and people came crashing in with hoodies, masks, and random weapons."
127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB
I wrote that. It wasn't a review (that will come once I get my pictures off my card). Other than the incident, the food was very good, including the vegan tasting menu which my husband got. I'm sad I can't say much about the rest of the tasting menu since my meal was rudely interrupted. The staff really went beyond the call of duty there. They even called me today to make sure I got home okay.
I recommend going when they reopen and things quiet down. Jut leave your valuables at home.
Makes me even happier that I'm going there in September, I'll try to leave a good tip if I've any money left over! Maybe slip a pair of knuckle dusters into the wife's handbag, too. How was the vegan menu? I'm going for the vegetarian tasting one myself... looks good on the website!
All the vegan stuff was really good, taste-wise.
Some photos (though not too many in-depth descriptions) of both vegan and non-vegetarian tasting menu (well the first 5-6 courses, anyway) at:
I thought the potato "risotto" was pretty successful, though not visually very appealing (I wasn't a fan of all the foam on top). Very truffle-y. I thought the dish served on a log with pine needles was a little too derivative of something that Noma would do. The mushroom broth was well done.
The little metal skewer that the beet amuse bouche came on kind of reminded me of body jewelry (in a gross way), but the beet was tasty. Deconstructed salad with heritage tomatoes and pastry roll was good, though I will say that the tomatoes here in California (at the peak of tomato season) are maybe a touch better.
I liked that they not only kept track of the fact that one person was having a vegan tasting menu (from our advance notice), which is pretty common with any good high-end restaurant, but they actually printed out a printed menu of what I'd be eating. While they don't seem to post their vegetarian tasting menu online, they do post it outside the restaurant, so seems to be a popular option. Anyway, the food was all really solid, and I'm sure with cheese / eggs, it will be even better.