Skylon, London – 23 June 2012

With Jo Shock.

Lovely location – really huge panoramic window views over the Thames to Embankment. The day was a bit grey but the Thames was roiling after heavy rainfall.

Got there 30 minutes before Jo due to timing mishap – had a Vesper and a Skylon’s Fifth. They were quite nice, not amazing. Jo had a red fruit Bellini.

Amuse bouche: Chicken profiterole and blue cheese mousse on a poppadum.

Starter: I had scallops with black pudding with confit granny smiths and roast apple pureep. Scallops were perfectly cooked and the black pudding was so soft it melted. Jo had gazpacho soup (which I didn’t try).

Main: I had ballotine of chicken with foie gras in a … sauce with some sort of grain. Jo had fish with vegetables and orgasmic aubergine purée.

Palate cleanser: Lemongrass and basil granite. Worked very well.

Dessert: I have strawberry things arranged like a plant and Jo had pear things in a pear shaped sugar candy cage covered in chocolate.

6 cheeses including one that was matured in wine. I had a sweet wine taster and Jo had coffee with petite fours.

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