Review: Roux at Landau at the Langham Hotel
Published 9 April 2011
Masterchef extraordinaire Michel Roux Jr. and his dad, Albert have teamed up to make quite an exquisite menu at the Roux at Landau in the Langham Hotel. With their protégé Chris King heading the kitchen, this was sure to be a fabulous dining experience.
As a big Masterchef fan I was so excited to visit Roux at the Landau that I checked the menu twice a day for a week before going to the restaurant. Of course everything sounded so great that I had to wait to be put on the spot before I could choose. And that was how it went.
Making our way through to the dining room, we were greeted by a few impressive wine cabinets that certainly set the tone for our experience with the fabulous wines available. At the table we were served a glass of champagne that went great with my starters of Belle Isle Oyster, served with the usual accompaniments of Tabasco sauce, lemon and a mignonette sauce. They were a good size and tasted just like they should, of sweet and salt sea. My guest ordered the bourride of red gurnard, a type of fish, with saffron potatoes and fennel. Unfortunately, although fairly tasty, he wasn’t incredibly satisfied and after eyeing up someone else’s plate of scallops he thought he should have gone for those instead.
For the mains, the grilled confit rabbit caught my eye so I went with that. Despite being slightly too salty for my palette, it was cooked just right so the meat slid off the bone with ease. My guest chose the steak, a bit cautious that it may not being the best choice, after feeling ever so slightly let down by his starter, but he was pleasantly relieved. Again it was cooked perfectly and the bordelaise sauce it came with was lovely.
To wrap things up I settled on what turned out to be a delicious toffee roast pear with caramel salted ice cream with a walnut crisp. The wine throughout the meal was amazing, the dessert wine was particularly good as it went down a treat with my dessert. As it’s not something I usually go for, I was glad on this occasion that I did. So much so that we decided to share a small plate of cheese so we could continue with a second glass of the sweet wine.
Throughout our staggering three-hour lunch the staff were great, attentive, warm and incredibly knowledgeable on the wines. I would definitely like to go back to perhaps take advantage of their reasonably price £45 set menu for 3 courses, half a bottle of wine, water, coffee and petits fours.
I wholly recommend the restaurant if not just for the food but for the wine. I have to say my favourite courses were the first and last – this isn’t to say that the main was sub-standard it was just that everything else was so good.
Roux at the Landau
Address: The Langham Hotel, Portland Place, London W1B 1JA
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