The secret to good food

May 27, 2013

Amish chicken dish/Gordon Ramsay's Maze at the London Hotel NYCPresentation is important, true.  I love the way this Amish chicken dish is artfully placed on the plate with various garnish. But what really made the dish was its taste and texture. In a word: delicious. Tender, flavorful perfection on a plate.

I’ve been watching Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen TV show for years, observing with interest his quest for perfection in food. But this was my first time at a Ramsay restaurant.  Our lunch in NYC at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze at the London had to be the very best meal I’ve ever had. So, perfection in food, as in most things, is worth the effort.

Cream of cauliflower soup

Cream of cauliflower soup

Soup can be some liquid ladled into a bowl. Or it can be a work of art that tastes yummy. Guess which this one is.
maze bruss
Brussels sprouts are just another green vegetable, right? Wrong. Brussels sprouts as prepared at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant are cooked just right. Every single one. And seasoned exactly in the correct proportion.

maze salmon

How about some crispy salmon? I didn’t taste it, but the oohs and aahs from those who ordered it told me it was as good as my chicken.

maze dessertCaramelized pineapple bombe. Ole! No, not Spanish. But a work of art that exploded in your mouth. In a good way.

maze dessert2I can’t remember what this apple dessert was called but I do remember that it melted in my mouth.

The secret to good food?  High standards.  Attention to detail. Knowing the basics. Understanding seasoning. Taking your time.

And, of course, it helps if your name is Gordon Ramsay.

Trying like crazy to get a reservation or two at some of his London restaurants for our visit next week..

6 comments on “The secret to good food
  1. Ricki says:

    It was Warm Apple Brioche, and it was amazing!

  2. Ricki says:

    And there was also the burger. The simplest and most “ordinary” of the menu selections, but cooked to perfection with just the right accompaniments. Mmmmmm.

  3. Melinda! says:

    It always amazes me that a guy who can yell so much at people can turn out such beautiful food:-) Thanks for sharing!

  4. b says:

    We are coming to San Diego next week. Any suggestions for a restaurant that will work for a newly graduated Marine and my family?

    These pictures are a feast for the eyes! I think I eat less when the food looks good because I savor each bite. Thank you for a wonderful “mind meal”.


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