My latest trip to London was a bit of a last minute job so i really didn`t have much time to think about where i was eating. My friend David from The CriticalCouple blog suggested that we should do a London classic – Pierre Koffmann at the Berkeley ,old school at its very best. Koffmann is one of the `daddies` of the food revolution in the UK and a bit of a demi god in the chef world.
I have already been for lunch here so i won`t ramble on and repeat myself once again.( Click HERE for the last visit ) We decided to have a guys night and go for the Old school Koffmann classics , dishes that have been on Pierre`s menu for the last 30 years. There`s no foams , gels , or liquid nitrogen here, there`s just pure classic French cuisine at its basic best. Reduced sauces , Butter and Cream….Just how i like it.
Top marks for the food , simple , extremely rich and very enjoyable. Next time don`t forget the bread guys. We were too busy chatting to realise we hadn`t been offered any. Koffmanns bread is amazing and also very essential to clean up the wonderful sauces. Here`s what we ate –
CALAMARS BOLOGNAISE – Squid Bolognese-style £11
LANGOUSTINES – Langoustine tortellini with langoustine broth £12
PIED DE COCHON, TANTE CLAIRE – Pig’s trotter stuffed, sweetbreads & morels £29
CARRÉ DE PORCELET ET HARICOTS TARBAIS – Roast rack of piglet, Tarbais beans £26
FROMAGES – Selection of cheeses £15
SOUFFLÉ AUX PISTACHES ET SA GLACE – Pistachio soufflé with pistachio ice-cream £15
CRÊPES SUZETTE – Crêpes with an orange liqueur sauce £10
PETITS FOURS – Simple as they come.
Always the last ones to leave.