Luxurious Lunching at Roux at the Landau

There’s something magical about London’s top hotels, their restaurants and the whole experience of just being there. Walking into The Langham Hotel is walking straight into one of London’s most luxurious and most magical hotels, especially when you’re going to Roux at the Landau for a luxurious Friday lunch. 
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It’s always wonderful meeting blogging friends, especially in such wonderful surroundings! It was lovely to catch up with Aftab, Mehreen, Sheepa and to meet May over an exquisite lunch, and after recently visiting The Palm Court at the Langham, I was excited to try their fine dining restaurant. 
As everyone arrived we started with some smoked salmon and ricotta puff amouse bouches, which were light, full of flavour and the perfect treat to start our meal. 

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The restaurant itself is one of the most beautifully decorated dining rooms I’ve seen in London; the perfect setting for a special occasion. I loved the booths, a very intimate setting for a private lunch away from the main hubbub of the busy restaurant.

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As I caught up with everyone and heard all about the exciting redevelopment of The Langham London, the restaurants and their international hotels, I sipped on a deliciously crisp glass of white wine and tried to make a decision about what to order!

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Even though I’m trying to be (fairly) good at the moment, I couldn’t resist the smell of delicious, fresh and still warm sourdough bread to help me decide what to eat!

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I opted for the seared scallops served with chanterelles mushrooms and creamed coco beans; a delicious, creamy dish that was just what I was craving. It was also a very generous portion for a starter as the scallops themselves were huge! I have to admit, I was more than a little sad when I finished this dish…!

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Another popular option around the table was the crisp blue prawns, served with mango, orange, lobster mayonnaise and corriander, a dish that our waiter claimed to be one of the best on the menu. The prawns, again, made a very generous portion and looked incredible – definitely one to try next time!

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The main courses presented an even harder choice, as I couldn’t choose between the steak, the venison or the Dover Sole, all of which I love! I ended up choosing the sirloin of beef with fondant potatoes, which was a real treat. A high quality steak with no fat, which I loved, and cooked just as I had asked. 
Though I have to say the venison, which May ordered, looked absolutely delicious – it really was an incredibly well presented dish and the meat itself looked wonderful. 

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Even though I was nearly totally full, I couldn’t resist ordering a dessert as, well, there were again too many excellent options to choose from!

I was in between the bitter chocolate millefeuille, maple ice cream and salted pecans – a dish I know is wonderful when it’s perfectly done, and a real hangover from my year in France

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And the toffee apple soufflé served with gingerbread ice cream, the dessert that I eventually ordered! I rarely see soufflé on a menu and after a very intense conversation with Sheepa, I realised that I couldn’t miss out on it!

It was honestly the best soufflé I’ve had; light, airy and full of a delicious toffee apple flavour which made it truly incredible.

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If you’re not of the sweet toothed variety and prefer a cheese selection after your meal, Roux at the Landau will be a dream spot for you, with a cheese trolley that’s rolled round the restaurant for you to enjoy at your convenience. 

Roux at the Landau

At fine dining restaurants you always expect that the table decorations will be beautiful, but The Langham’s in house florist really surpassed themselves with this rose based bouquet of flowers. The colours and the scents were just incredible!

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We ended our meal with coffees and the sweetest petit fours – little mini eclairs!

Roux at the Landau

Eclairs really are a weakness of mine and so I couldn’t believe my luck when these came out! Beautifully presented and a real indulgence after an already incredibly indulgent meal!

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And as if you needed any more convincing that this is a restaurant that’s got to be on your London restaurant bucket list – if you’re a film buff, you might recognise this setting from a certain new film… If you’ve seen Burnt then you’ll be excited to know that this is where it was filmed!

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Next time, I think I’ll be back for the newly launched Sunday brunch menu, and hopefully even to stay in such a gorgeous hotel! I think it would be the perfect spot for a London staycation!

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Our meals were complimentary but all opinions are my own; it really was one of the best restaurants I’ve visited in London. 

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