Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Tour

A while back I wrote about L’enclume (The Anvil) and announced it was sure to become the hottest new restaurant in the world in 2009. I went there again last week and had the “Tour”. It is a 15 course degustation in L’enclume’s private room. I can tell you Simon Rogan and his team are the bee's knees. The restaurant is in Cartmel, a lovely, lovely little village near Grange over Sands, midway between Morecambe and Windermere. It is perfect rural England. The food is right up there with Heston Blumenthal’s, and the setting is perfect. To get your juices flowing, here is the “Tour” as presented at L’enclume. I’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out what it all means.

• Re-hydration, De-hydration
• Cones of piquillo peppers
• Memories of Venus
• Whim 01
• Egg drop hot and sour soup
• Cornish crab, vanilla, argan oil
• Foie gras, figs, corn, sweet bracken
• Razor Role reversal
• Langoustine, tamarind, peanut
• Monk cheeks, squid ink, Saffron
• “Hot Pot”
• Cumbrian pink veal, namenia
• Expearamenthol frappe
• Surrealists Nitro Slammer
• Violets and Yuzu