I am no restaurant critic and I feel descriptive articles of award winning restaurants, master chefs and an elaborate breakdown of each marvellous component of an outstanding dish, should be left to the professionals. So I will just say this: My lunch at La Colombe was my best meal and culinary experience, ever.
Four of us dined on different Tapas, homemade bread, homemade butter, oysters, starters, mains, sorbets, desserts and friandise.
So I feel qualified to say that after tasting sixteen spectacular dishes, it was the best meal I ever eaten.
Naturally beautiful people add to the experience.
The beautiful French general manager “Jen-i-feur” allowed me to abandon my table’s red wine for French Champagne because “French champagne goes with everrr-ree-teeng”. Especially Tribaut Schloesser from the heart of the Champagne region in France, 20km from where she grew up.
The head chef, young Michael Cooke is just unbelievable. He has honoured his award winning predecessors, Frenchman Franck Dangereux, British Luke Dale-Roberts and the current executive chef, local Scot Kirton. We feasted on pig’s cheek, lambs tongue, jellies and foams plated with harmonious precision and before we ordered dessert my friend burst into tears because the experience was just so magnificent.
Then of course, there is the sweet and gentle pastry chef, Glen Williams who I would marry for his espresso pistachio dusted chocolate truffles filled with salted caramel. I have never quite tasted anything like the combinations with which I was presented at La Colombe but Glen’s guava and chamomile dessert is without a doubt, the most memorable.
So of all the magical restaurants and chefs, this is simply it for me.
It surely does not get better than this.