Friday, 4 December 2015

Palm Court at the Langham: where we tried a new menu

If you remember, Aftab and I first met at Bob Bob Ricard to "celebrate" his birthday. So when he invited me to try the new menu at Palm Court at The Langham to "celebrate" my birthday, I accepted.

Mr Fresh and Fearless

I used to go to Palm Court a lot ages ago for afternoon tea but I've never been there for an actual meal. The place is super elegant, with neutral hues and subtle lighting. The simple centrepieces of white orchid was such a nice touch, it made me feel rather giddy and womanly.

First up, we were offered as much champagne as we wanted. Our server came with a magnum Laurent-Perrier Brut and I hungrily said "Yes, please!" How can I say no to champagne? It's my favourite tipple after all.

Then some beautiful bread (damn you photography skillz) appeared next to our table on which whilst nibbling, we learned that the new menu is developed by Executive Chef Chris King in partnership with Chez Roux. We excitedly perused the menu with some classic suggestions in mind.

I ordered the Palm Court lobster salad, which was a rather pleasant start to the meal. The lobster lies on a bed of avocado mush and is served with some greens and classic sauce Marie Rose.

It was light and delicate but the natural sweetness of the lobster came out. The dish was possibly the highlight for me, so much so that I managed to convince Aftab to try a little even if he didn't really eat seafood. 

Aftab ordered the Caesar salad with blackened chicken. Whilst I do love me a good, classic Caesar salad, I thought Palm Court's offering needed a little bit of depth. The proportion of leaves to sauce just needed a little bit of tweaking to find the perfect balance. 

For mains, I opted for the poussin cheekily in honour of Aftab's crispy chicken order when we met at Bob Bob Ricard. It was served with criss-cut chips and a mushroom gravy.

I thought this won the baby chicken fight (sorry BBR) as it easily tore off the bone. It was juicy and succulent, however I wish they had a separate sauciere for the gravy as there was only a little bit of it on the poussin.

Aftab ordered the chicken pojarski with matchstick potatoes (you know, like those Pik-Nik crisps?). Pojarski is similar to a chicken kiev, with ground chicken made into a patty, battered then fried. It originally came with sauce diable but Aftab asked for a creamy mushroom sauce. I thought it was okay, but I've had better. 

For dessert, I ordered the Opera slice with espresso reduction. This was dreamy and as beautiful as heck and the layering was picture-perfect! It was sophisticated and the balance of flavours showed some restraint, aptly the way an extremely talented opera singer would do. 

Aftab on the other hand ordered some profiteroles. I'm not too keen on profiteroles but when the chocolate sauce was poured, my instinct was to scoop out a ball and plop it in my mouth. Luckily, I managed a bite. I actually preferred the chocolate sauce at Bistro (I'm a sucker for dark choccy anyway) but the profiterole itself was quite nice, too.

I'd give Palm Court top marks for service and ambience, as it's a really nice and cosy spot to lounge at. The new menu has a lot of potential with its offering of classic favourites. With a little bit of tweaking, I'm sure it could be totes amazing.

Palm Court at The Langham
1C Regent St, London W1B 1JA
Our meal was complimentary but average spend per person should be £60.

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  1. What a lovely birthday treat! Have heard so much about the new menu now I'd love to check it out, looks like you guys had a great meal :) Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

  2. The food here looks delicious! I love the look of the chicken and the dessert looks superb! Great photographs :)
    Laura xx

  3. The food all looks so delicious, I would love to try this place out!

    Ash | Liakada

  4. Wow this looks like an amazing experience and what a great place for a birthday. I especially love the look of that espresso opera slice :)

  5. The lobster salad does look absolutely delicious, I would love to return to The Langham

  6. Your meals look amazing, especially those desserts!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  7. The food looks really nice ♥

  8. I love Opera cake - it always looks so elegant and I go gaga for those symmetrical layers (#OCDtendencies). Your lobster salad looks lovely and light and I love the look of A's criss-cut chips! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure


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