So last night was Date night!
My cowboy has been wanting to go to Jean-Georges since it opened in London…always keen to try new restaurants we dressed up and off we went…. expectations were high considering the fame of this French chef and having a number of 3 and 4 star successes worldwide.
That feeling of walking into a posh hotel always makes me smile
Instantly we were greeted by a smiling maître d’ who showed us to our table and gave us the menus.
The room is elegantly funky looking with floor to ceiling windows and cozy seating done in non-offending neutral colours.
It was half full at 7pm and the lighting was quite bright…I felt a bit uncomfortable, as the sofa banquet style seat we were sharing was rather low and with my long legs my knees touched the table underneath. Within 2 minutes the manager came over and asked us if we were happy with the table? Would we like another one as he could see we were too tall for the arrangement!
To our left I spotted a high table with high chairs – perfect – always my table of choice to be honest so my body feels more relaxed and the food digests easier rather than being slumped over in a small seat with my knees into my ears!
So off we moved…the lighting there was much better there – more subtle and romantic. Only issue was it was right next to the tills and a serving areas so all night there was the hustle and bustle of waiters coming and going…still we preferred it to the main dining area.
Asked if we wanted a champagne as an aperitif we declined – I don’t drink so asked if they had any fresh juiced – surprised to hear they had a selection of 3 I chose the Carrot with Ginger and asked them to add some lemon juice (always do this FYI as it lowers the GI of the drink! – not such a sugar rush for the body!)
Cowboy ordered a red wine which he said was superb – the wine list apparently is quiet extensive and reasonably priced for a London hotel. My juice was good but most likely not freshly done to order which is always best to receive maximum benefits from the nutrients. I drank that all before my meal as during I try not to drink anything and let the food get digested properly by my stomach and enzymes.
Our waiter was just charming and well versed on the eclectic menu despite being quite new to the team.
For starters I had ‘melt in the mouth’ tuna tartar with avocado and radish – nice and simple with exquisitely fresh produce that the flavors really shone through. There was a spicy ginger dressing, which I had on the side using sparkingly as it gave quite a punch! This highlighted Jean-Georges’ experiences of the Far East and his signature use of South-east Asian flavours.
Cowboy had the Crispy Salmon Sushi which we liked but said had too much rice eating really only the slices of salmon on the top!