When Emma chose to celebrate her birthday have dinner at Celeste, a one Michelin star restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel I was super excited to dine at the restaurant as I haven’t been to The Lanesborough since it’s renovations.
When I arrived at the hotel Emma, Binny, Aftab and Angie were already one round of drinks down. I have come to realise with my blogger friends if you are 5 minutes late then you miss one round of drinks and have to play champagne catch up. Champagne catch up is a game I am always happy to play, pop that cork I say.
We did have a reservation for 7pm however we didn’t make our way to the table until 8.00pm (I blame the champagne). Despite it being a Thursday evening the restaurant was less than buzzy and we were THE PARTY in the restaurant. I felt quite sorry for few other diners who wanted a quiet meal, 5 blogger friends, 5 camera lens and champagne. There are no words really.
Emma booked an offer of £42 for a glass of champagne and a three course meal, which is an absolute steal for a Michelin star restaurant. Dinner started with these delightful canapes which I really enjoyed.
For my starter I opted for the Coco Bean in lemongrass, shitake mushroom infused broth. Before I started writing this blog post I was on the phone to my best friend and explained to her this was the most uninspiring dish I have had all year. I love a simple dish but I felt this was simply bland.
Both Binny and Angie opted for this also, whereas Aftab and Emma chose the Egg ,soft Burford brown egg, crispy kadaif, button mushroom duxelle. I had diners remorse and wished I chose the Egg as it certainly was the better of the two starters.
After my starter I was a little hesitant to receive my main dish of Pig, slow cooked pig cheeks, carrot ginger puree and roasting jus as I couldn’t possible face another bland dish. I need not have worried as the dish was excellent and was exactly the foodie journey to the stars I was expecting Celeste to take me on. The pig cheeks were sdelicate and melted in your mouth, pork is a dish that can go so wrong but this was a perfect dish.
Aftab and Binny had sweet potato as their main courses and obviously for the sake of the blog I had to have a mouthful to make sure it was edible. I really loved the Sweet Potato and thought that it was the type of vegetarian dishes more restaurant should serve. Unfortunately I think I was a little tipsy and totally forget to take a photo, however I did manage to get a photo of Angie’s Sea Bream, roast cauliflower, lemon curry vinaigrette.
Desert was ‘coffee’ or ‘cheese’. It was a tough choice between cheese and coffee however I opted for the Coffee which was coffee ice cream, caramelized pecan meringues and fudge. When I eat dessert I like every mouthful to be worth the calories and I wasn’t sure this was a dessert that was worth the calories, nice but not amazing.
We finished our meals with these petit four which were served in a chocolate blown ball which the waiter had to smash to reveal them.
I had a brilliant time celebrating Emma’s birthday but on the whole I felt that Celeste was reaching for the stars.
What was the last meal you had that took you to the moon and back? Zoe x