After having completed my first year of university here in the UK, getting accustomed to new learning styles, and exposed to a whole new level of independence - I have decided the time has come for me to continue focusing on my much neglected food blog.
And what better way to kick things off, than to focus on my date with the Michelin man! Yea, you heard me. Date. Michelin man. Just a stroll away from London's Soho Square and the Tottenham Court Road tube station lies Arbutus, a Michelin star restaurant serving up great food with a great service.
The restaurant successfully strikes a balance between casual comfort and refinement - the making it ideal for catching up with friends, or negotiating that important deal. The service was attentive the waiters were always ready to top up bread, butter and water whenever needed.
The Pig's Head with Potato Puree was excellent. Reminiscent of a terrine, the pork was simply seasoned and bursting with the flavour of porky goodness. The flavours of the pork balanced well when paired with the pickled turnip. The potato puree proved to be the odd component out, but was nonetheless rich and fantastically smooth.
The Smoked Eel Risotto was, as well, excellent. The already flavoursome risotto was made even more flavourful, with a dollop of creme fraiche. When mixed together, the eel, sea purslane (green bits) and perfectly cooked risotto proved a heavenly combination. Pieces of crisp tempura-fried broccoli proved a great touch as well.
Who knew that a simple combination of Pistachio Cake, Yoghurt Sorbet and Raspberries would be so heavenly? The sweetness of the berries, tartness of the sorbet and richness of the cake sang together like a talented musical trio in my mouth. I just felt that for ultimate perfection, the cake should have been a little bit more moist than it was.
I ended up leaving the restaurant with my tummy filled to the brim. All of that Michelin-starred food proved a steal, for an incredible £20. If you are in London and keen on trying out a Michelin-starred meal that doesn't break the bank, you will certainly not be disappointed with Arbutus.
Address: 63-64 Frith Street, London W1D 3JW, United Kingdom
Overall Taste: 9/10
General Impression: 9/10