Saturday, October 13, 2007

Michel Roux at Gordon Grill

Goodwood Park Hotel is having a Michelin star guest chef event, where visiting chefs come and present their specialty dishes. E and I were so excited that we made our reservations more than a month ago, for 3 Michelin-star chef Michel Roux, of the Waterside Inn in the UK.

We had the 4-course set lunch, for the rather princely sum of $108 per person. This comprised of a foie gras terrine with chicken and pistachio nuts, shellfish minestrone soup (with scallops, clam and a surprising pesto-filled ravioli inside), oxtail and beef cheek in beaujolais wine, and sliced pears and blueberries in shortbread biscuit and coulis of red fruits. Everything was extremely good - the foie gras terrine was surprisingly light but creamy and infused with rich fragance, and the beef cheek was so meltingly tender. However, one thing that we took issue with was the slowness with which the food came onto the tables - we were kept waiting half an hour for our soup. The waiter's explanation was that this was due to some confusion in the kitchen, probably Chef Roux was not used to the Singapore team and vice-versa.
Just to add, when we walked into the restaurant, we actually came face to face with the great man himself! I was too stunned to ask him for a photograph but he did smile at both of us. Eventually at the end of lunch, I plucked up enough courage and did get his autograph :-)

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