Friday, June 9, 2017

Superb meal at one of Britain's best restaurants, Midsummer House in Cambridge

Midsummer House in its lovely setting

great wines!
We had an absolutely unforgettable lunch experience today, thanks to the generous birthday gift voucher given to me by my wonderful children and children in law, at one of Britain's best restaurants, the lovely two-Michelin-star Midsummer House in Cambridge, charmingly set on Midsummer Common by the river. We had their gorgeous tasting menu of five courses(entree, two main courses and two desserts) plus amazing canapes to start, good wine (a Pouilly Fume sauvignon blanc for me, a Chambolle Musigny pinot noir for David) and a great coffee special(with beignets and their own chocolates). 
It was absolutely sublime, an exquisite harmony of flavour, colour, texture and with imaginative, fresh and unexpected combinations of ingredients that worked really well. And in the right proportions too so we felt both completely satisfied and yet not unpleasantly full.
There was a really nice atmosphere too, not in the least bit snooty but friendly and warm, attentive but discreet staff and a lively Southern French restaurant director, who made us feel at home right away!
Very, very highly recommended. (And by the way, for vegetarians they have a fabulous vegetarian menu too.)

A canape: Smoked eel mousse with wild rice in crisp cones

canape: bloody mary fool with celery sorbet

entree: pumpkin veloute, crisp iberico ham, parmesan cream, pearl barley crunch

main: pan fried lemon sole with kale and seaweed mayonnaise

roast duck breast, pistachio puree, mini canneloni with duck leg confit, turnip salad with caramelised onion and grapefruit

first dessert: ewe's milk curd(like a pannacotta) with strawberry jelly, strawberry sorbet, lightly crystallised strawberry slices and lovage from Midsummer House garden

second dessert: dark chocolate mousse with passionfruit jelly, yoghurt sorbet, gold-dusted dark chocolate on top

coffee special: espresso, fresh beignets with dipping custards: caramel, and apple pie flavours

beautiful Midsummer House chocolates to choose for the perfect ending to a perfect meal!