Going to The Fat Duck is an amazing culinary experience, a show. I am really glad I was invited for a special occasion :-) I was surprised by the intensity and the power of the flavors (like if they were condensed or distilled in a tiny portion). Needless to say everything was perfect, they obviously care for details. We learnt that for 40 guests, they have 40 people working (kitchen + service) (plus people doing research during the day)!
We had more than 14 courses including;
A Vodka & lime cocktail poached in liquid nitrogen at the table served without face shield nor specialised gloves (!!!!!): Interesting texture but very cold
Red cabbage gaspacho with mustard ice cream
Multilayers of quail's jelly, crayfish cream, a chicken liver parfait accompanied by an excellent truffle toast: Intense flavors balancing each other when combined
Snail porridge: I could not handle this one...
Roasted foie gras: Haaa, I was delighted!
Mad hatter's tea party with 'mock turtle soup' made of a golden pocket watch infused broth and Toast Sandwich
"Sound of the sea": A dish from the sea that you eat listening to the sea (but too fishy for me)
Anjou pigeon: Excellent!
Hot & iced Tea: A surprising drink half-cold half-hot at every sip!
Caramelised Blackberries with a wonderful biscuit
Botrytis Cinerea: An amazing composition of numerous round elements looking like a grape
Whisky wine gums from all over Scotland
Like a kid in a sweet shop including a queen of hearts tart: Delicious!
|Multilayers of crayfish, chicken liver parfait, quail jelly and truffle toast |
(note the cute little radishes)
|The table was set according to this plate|
|Roasted Foie Gras|
|Tea Party with mock turtle soup |
(note the tiny mushrooms on to of the egg yolk)
|Sound of the sea...|
|... with the sound|
|Salmon in a licorice gel|
|Each grape has its own texture, temperature and taste|
|Tiny Tart in the Queen of Hearts|