The Ritz – The Best Sunday Lunch In London By Roz Kempner
On my mission to find the Best Sunday Lunch in London (not an easy task as brunch has become so popular), we embarked upon The Ritz.
May we all bless tradition and elegance, as this is what The Ritz is about. The very smart Rivoli Bar shakes great Bloody Marys and the Champagne Cocktail list is never ending. Moving on, we pass the glamorous Tea Salon, packed as usual, albeit lunchtime! The dining room is palatial, but in such lovely weather, we chose the glorious terrace. It was as if we had transported ourselves to the South of France – divine!
The clientele were all suitably smart….don’t forget to wear a tie, gentlemen!
The Sunday Lunch menu ticks all the right boxes, with no sign of “brunch!” Stylish canapes are served on a silver server – a squid ink prawn cracker topped with tiny brown shrimp, a shiny white, limey macaron with smoked salmon, and crisp, airy gougeres.
Wild “Zar” smoked salmon, we were informed,comes from beyond the Outer Hebrides, definitely wild. A piece of fillet, firm and mildly smoked, was served with contrasting textures of crisp beetroot and artistic dollops of citrus hollandaise. The pea soup was enlivened with lardons, tiny croutons and truffle. Crab wrapped in Granny Smith apple to create a canneloni, sweet and sour, was served with a delicate, sweet melon and cucumber terrine – innovative and refreshing.
For mains? Goodness, found at last – the BEST Sunday Roast in London! Carved from the trolley, not only was it top quality, tender, juicy meat with perfect thin gravy, but it came with perfect Yorkshire Puddings and proper roast potatoes….crunchy and soft. Ten out of ten.
The fish alternative, the halibut, was a beautiful fillet served with different textures of cauliflower…a puree, roast florets and a couscous, plus a trace of lemon sauce and asparagus spears. A lovely, summery dish.
To finish, we had a superb cherry souffle, within which there was a sweet cherry coulis, and this was served with a cherry ice-cream. Yum.
Service was perhaps a little slower on the terrace than in the dining room, but clearly the silver service staff love their profession, and do it proud.
Shame we couldn’t fit in an Afternoon Tea as well, but I will most definitely be returning to this iconic establishment.
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