Monday, March 02, 2015

Winnie Eats: Roux at the Landau

Roux at the landau winnie eats
Recently I booked a table at Roux at the Landau in The Langham Hotel for my sister Hailey's birthday. Roux at the Landau is a collaboration from Albert and Michel Roux Jr and headed up by Chris King who is the Chef de Cuisine and trained at Le Gavroche. We were pretty excited because we love watching Michel Roux Jr whenever he's on TV, especially when he presented Masterchef! So it was great to go to a restaurant where he and his team designed the menu.
roux at the landau amuse bouche
Amuse Bouche - Unfortunately I can't remember what else was in these croquettes (oops food post fail) but they were a tasty little canapé served to us as we were browsing the menu.
roux at the landau du jour menu
Starter - Burford brown egg, smoked haddock mousseline, coriander bhajis. This starter was quite strong in the fish flavour but it didn't consume the whole dish so along with the crispy bhajis, it was really interesting to eat. Main - Skrei Cod, chicken jus, parsnip, trompettes - so so good! Dessert - Coconut Mousse, spit roast pineapple, white rum-coconut sorbet. I love anything coconut - so this was lovely.

As expected, the lunch service was impeccable and they were super attentive (did anyone watch his show, Michel Roux's Service?) We had the Du Jour menu (set lunch menu) which at £35 is really excellent value and perfect for a bit of a birthday treat. The Du Jour menu consists of little amuse bouches, a seemingly endless supply of bread, a starter, a main, a dessert, coffee and petit fours. The starter featured a slow cooked/very softly poached egg (sous vide I think, there is such a science to cooking eggs) and the bright red/orange yolk looked amazing on the plate. Out of the dishes, I loved my main - the cod was perfectly cooked and a really flavourful dish -  I still remember the sweetness of the parsnips and the little deboned chicken wings which were glazed in that yummy chicken jus.
roux at the landau portrait
roux at the landay petit fours
Coffee and Petit Fours are for some reason, always one of my favourite things at a restaurant if they offer them. I think it's because it's a chance to sip coffee and have a bit of a chat and kind of wind down after all that food. I still remember the great chocolates at Apsleys at The Lanesborough a few years ago!

All of the dishes we had were plated up beautifully with plenty of attention to detail and the atmosphere was incredibly relaxed. Hailey and I were there for about 2 hours and we left the restaurant feeling absolutely full with delicious food and big smiles on our faces. I'm singing this restaurant praises (and it fully deserves it) but it isn't quite up there with my favourite places to eat. I've been thinking about it a lot and I'm still not sure why - maybe it's because my expectations were too high or maybe it's because I'm more of a simple girl at heart (give me dumplings any day). Having said that, the food was great and I'd certainly make a return visit.

Naturally, my sister and I decided that the best thing to do was to walk off all the food and take a walk around Selfridges for a bit of retail therapy. Food and shopping? Definitely a recipe for a great day out.
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32 comments

  1. This looks amazing, I really want to try this place now and such a great deal for a special lunch! x

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  2. It all looks so yummy and such a great price to, everytime you post about a new restaurant I feel like I need to go xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

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  3. woah the place looks so beautiful. and the macarons *-*


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  4. Wow, what a beautiful place! The food looks amazing!

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  5. Wow! What a gorgeous place! The food looks absolutely delicious!

    WritingMonique

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  6. Gosh this place looks gorgeous, not to mention that food presentation! Sounds like you and your sister had a great day out :)

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  7. Ah your sister is so cute!!! I love food and shopping too- better when I make my friends shop though. Double the thrill without a dent in the wallet. We should meet up in Tokyo or Seoul next time heehehe.


    Also my friend got me addicted to Master Chef Australia- the plating is super food porny!

    Sam
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  8. Both of you are so cute. I really like your sister's dress. :)

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  9. Oh my gosh - maybe my trip in Nov can be coincided with a trip to Seoul/Tokyo.....

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  10. Wonderful pictures, that all looks so delicious. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa
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  11. They were really good! So good that I devoured them too quickly and I forgot what they were :P

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  12. I'd deffo recommend it - but we should go to Bao first. It's opening April 7th! x

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  13. Aha I'm glad you like them! Yes, this place was lovely and for a fine dining experience, it was pretty chilled so I'd deffo recommend them.

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  14. I was so excited when I saw the petit fours! The macaron was so tiny and cute (and tasty of course!)

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  15. It was such a treat and yes, the hotel and restaurant are so pretty.

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  16. It was such a great place to have a sophisticated birthday lunch, I really loved it.

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  17. I know - there is something about food presentation that I love when you know that each drop of sauce has been placed purposefully! It was a lovely day.

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  18. Thanks Eileen! My sister's dress is super cute isn't it? It was a birthday present and she'd worn it especially for this meal :)

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  19. It was stunning Mei! It's always nice to visit restaurants like this once in a while - especially for the super attentive service!

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  20. Thanks Vanessa, the food was really great, we had a lovely day out for sure! x

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  21. This food all looks so perfect! x

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  22. Wowee, this looks INCREDIBLE!


    Maria xxx

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  23. Susan Dollparts5 March 2015 at 21:26

    yummy! Do you wanna be my friend so you can take me for luxury lunch on my bday? ;) xo

    dresses-and-travels //@Susan Dollparts

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  24. What a marvellous place for your sister's birthday. Yes, i loved the show, and I am a huge fan of Masterchef anyway. What a work of art! <3 Foodie over here!
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  25. Amazing pics :) Yes, I follow you on gfc #1080, follow back?

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  26. aw that's so sweet of you! the food looks so yummy! Happy birthday to your sister! :)


    xx
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  27. Holy crap that food looks amazing. I wish there were more places like this where I live. That last photo makes me want to go out & buy some different kinds of sugar cubes to display haha

    TFM BLOG

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  28. It was really good and such a great price too!

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  29. Eeep, my sis sis thought so too so I definitely did well as the big sis that day ha :)

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  30. Thanks, I did good that day as the big sis haha. The food and service was so good and for that price, I was really pleased!

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  31. I'm sure there is! Though I think it's the price that would be hard to find. Most places charge so, so much more for fine dining. Also - I LOVE your Osaka travel photologue, you have the loveliest blog! x

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