I peered at the glossy grey-ish liquid with a hint of trepidation. “Do I bite it?” I asked, with first-timers naivete’. “The shell? That would be a bad idea!” Cinny, my friend laughed. Merli, another diner pulled out her camera to take some shots of the beautiful masterpieces spread before us.
But my mind wasn’t on the avocado soup with trout roe and cilantro whose flavors create an amazing kaleidoscope. Nor was it on the Gravadlaz, potato roesti, and caviar creation that I had fallen in love with earlier. No, my mind was decidedly on the oyster perched carefully in between my fingertips.
There’s something to be said for a hotel that can really honestly make you feel at home. Especially if that home turns out to be a multi-story luxury hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, in the heart of the greatest city on Earth. In fact I felt so much at home at The London after such abliguriation of flavors, and after looking around the hotel – I half expected to be able to stroll right into their penthouse suite, recline on one of the suite’s massive beds, and fall into a deep sleep filled with caviar dreams and champagne wishes!
The London has so much to offer in the way of gourmet dining and ambiance that it’s impossible to relegate it to a couple of sentences – that’s what photo’s are for!
For lunch we had a menu of:
Avocado soup, trout roe, cilantro
Fluke sashimi, tomato, mayer lemon
Sweet corn arancini, chorizo, chilli
Gravadlax, potato roesti, caviar
Veal and Foie Gras mini Burger
Tuna crostini, soy
Raw oysters with a raspberry vinagrette
And for dessert we had:
Chocolate and Fruit tarts
Vanilla, strawberry, ginger parfait
Salted caramel truffles that were seriously decadent, and easily the best I’ve had up until now.
The food-lover in me wanted to set up camp in the kitchen! The sleep-lover in me wanted to set up camp in one of their rooms! And the photographer in me wanted to set up camp in front of one of their windows!
With breath-taking (and quite photo ready) views of the city, beautiful furnishings, wonderful service (and security), and really great food, The London eagerly awaits the weary traveler, or anybody in search of heart felt luxury!
As for the oyster – it was my first. I. Loved. It.
Disclaimer: I was invited to #TheLondonLadies event for a luncheon and a tour of The London NYC. No other form of compensation was received. As always, my opinions expressed on The NYC Talon are my own and not influenced in any way. For more information, please feel free to visit my PR or About me pages above.