We’re lucky enough to have lots of lovely friends and family in London, so we’ve been visiting the capital a lot lately. There’s plenty of cheap yet delicious places to eat and drink, but on our most recent trip we decided to splurge and go somewhere a bit special. After researching our options, we booked a table at Roux at the Landau, in the beautiful Langham Hotel on Portland Place.
Before dinner we headed down the corridor to the Artesian, voted the World’s Best Bar for four consecutive years. With a buzzing atmosphere, table service and a fabulous drinks list, it’s easy to see why the Artesian tops the polls. We could have stayed longer, but after a refreshing glass of prosecco it was time to head over to the restaurant.
The setting of Roux at the Landau is classically French and the circular room gives it an intimate feel, reminding me of The French at Manchester’s Midland Hotel. While browsing the menu we were given an amuse bouche of salt cod tarts, a taste of the culinary delights to follow.
To start I had poached hake, served with fried mussels, spring onion and romesco sauce. The fish was beautifully cooked and delicate yet meaty, but the real treat for me were the nuggets of crisp fried mussels. And the crusty french bread on the side was perfect way to ensure every bit of the sauce was devoured.
I chose fish again for the main course; a crisp fillet of bream with fine herb risotto, fennel and preserved lemon. It was a hearty portion for fine dining but I ate every bit, down to the perfectly cooked skin on the bream.
After such a wonderful start it was difficult to decide on just one dessert, so we shared a portion of French and British artesian cheeses and a chocolate mousse with poached pear and mascarpone ice cream. The cheese trolley was a sight to behold and I’d have loved to sample a slice of everything on there, but we selected four; the Shropshire Blue, Beaufort, Camembert and another soft cow’s milk cheese, all served with a tasty chutney, fruit jelly and seeded crackers.
We finished with coffee and petit fours; savouring every last mouthful of this very special meal. The menu du jour at Roux at the Landau is fantastic value at £45 for three courses, including half a bottle of wine, although after such a pleasant introduction we’d love to return one day and experience the full tasting menu.
Check out some of our other foodie finds from previous trips to London in this blog post.