Relaunch of Palm Court at the Langham with Michel Roux

There’s something wonderful about London’s top hotels; their style, elegance and history is so appealing – especially when you add the fact that they have great restaurants attached to them!

The Palm Court at the Langham has just relaunched as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, with its new menu being created by Michel Roux, and last week I was lucky enough to be invited to try a taste of Palm Court and to meet the menu’s creator himself
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I was fortunate to arrive at the same time as Mehreen and so was seated at the same table as her and her sister, so I knew I was in for a fun evening!
Very shortly after, one of the wonderful waiters appeared with a magnum of N.V. Laurent-Perrier champagne, and started filling up our glasses.

 

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The Palm Court itself is a beautiful venue, which exudes elegance and is the perfect setting for a luxurious dinner.

 

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As glasses were poured, and topped up, I got to know Mehreen a little more and found out what upcoming foodie plans she has.
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Throughout the evening our glasses were never empty as the wonderful staff were more than happy to top up all of our glasses with whichever wine or champagne that we wanted.
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As we enjoyed our champagne, we were treated to a selection of canapés including oysters, parmesan nibbles and crab sliders.
Palm Court Langham
All of these were bursting full of flavour and the perfect size for canapés, In fact, I could happily have nibbled on a little more!
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For our starter we were served the Palm Court lobster salad, which was beautiful lobster served with a vocado, hearts of palm and sauce Marie Rose, paired with a 2014 Chablis, Saint Martin, Domaine Laroche, Bourgogne, France.

 

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This was a very delicate dish, that although small, was a perfect starter. I loved the lobster itself as well as the complementary soft texture of the avocado. Not a tiny little morsel was left on my plate when I was finished!

 

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The first main we had to sample was the chicken Pojarski, a dish of Russian origin that Roux has updated for a more modern palette by using chicken instead of the traditional veal. Served with matchstick potatoes and sauce Diable.

 

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A very indulgent dish that isn’t recommended for anyone on a diet, but it’s about as delicious as you would think! A delicious, tender piece of meat that’s highly recommended if you’re looking for a little bit of indulgence.

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Secondly, we were able to try the aged Buccleuch ribeye steak served with chives, sauce Marchand de Vin and accompanied by a 2011 Syrah-Grenache, Michel Roux & Michel Chapoutier, Languedoc, France.

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And served with some roasted new potatoes and creamed spinach.

 

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I found the meat itself too fatty for my taste, but the quality and taste of the dish were excellent. The sauce in particular was delicious and really added to the depth of the dish.

 

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Throughout the evening we were entertained by a three piece band and a singer which really added to the atmosphere and made the setting even more special.
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Just how amazing is this bright blue grand piano?!

 

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The desserts at the Palm Court really are something special and were the perfect end to an already delicious evening.
My favourite was the praline profiteroles served with a very special Langham No. 150 chocolate sauce. The profiteroles were made of a heavier choux pastry than I’ve had before, but this didn’t at all detract from the dish; I loved the contrast between the dense pastry and the light praline mousse.
And just look at the chocolate sauce….

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Palm Court Langham

 

Palm Court Langham

 

It was a perfect dessert, and I could probably have eaten more than my fair of this dish!

 

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The Langham No. 150 chocolate has been made specially for the hotel’s anniversary and is a beautiful milk chocolate that reflects the luxurious and indulgent Langham hotel.

 

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The second dessert, which Mehreen was very excited about it’s one of her favourites, was Ile flottante served with crème anglaise and caramel.

 

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I love this classic French dessert, mainly as it’s such an indulgent treat, and this particular example was the perfect example of why.
Rich, creamy and with beautiful notes of caramel, there was not a single drop left from anyone on our table!

 

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Throughout the evening Michel Roux himself was walking round the restaurant, chatting to diners and answering questions about the menu and his inspirations. It was a very special experience to meet the chef himself and find out what inspired this new menu.
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As if the evening hadn’t been indulgent enough, we were given a bar of the Langham No. 150 chocolate to take home (which may or may not already be polished off!)
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For a little luxury and indulgence this year treat yourself to a date night at Palm Court at the Langham; it’s a fabulous place to cosy up this winter with indulgent food and even better company. This is one relaunch you don’t want to miss!

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