You are probably aware of an event at The Lygon Arms last Thursday.
Theo Randall heads up the kitchen at The Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane. Theo is well known as a great asset to the industry and has a tremendous reputation for his rustic, but stylish, Italian cuisine and he was the guest chef for the evening at the dear old Lygon.
Theo Randall and his assistant, Aiden
Firstly, the evening was a complete sellout and I’m sorry if you didn’t get in. I understand that these events will be a regular feature from now on, so please make sure you sign up for the mailing list on their website.
This was a memorable evening complemented by great food, wine and service.
Here is the menu:
Carpaccio di Manzo
local beef fillet, thinly sliced with pine nuts, radicchio, balsamic and gorgonzola
Ravioli di Zucca
Fresh pasta stuffed with roasted delica squash, ricotta, sage butter
Crostata di Agnello
Roasted local lamb rack with roasted fennel, carrots, onion squash,
salsify, golden beetroots, salsa d’erbe & jus
Amalfi Lemon Tart
Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 – A rich red wine with great depths of flavour and a hint of red fruits – a perfect side for the succulent carpaccio of beef.
Dao, Branco 2015 – A white wine of great quality, with a combination of wood and citrus flavours
Mestizaje Tinto, Mustiguillo Bobal Blend, 2015 – A lovely full bodied red wine with dense berry and herb flavours.
It’s clear that a considerable amount of thought was put into the wine choice. The selection enhanced the mouth stunning moments of the whole dinner.
Personally, I am a great lover of Italian food, having run an Italian restaurant myself and it was such a pleasure to welcome Theo’s great knowledge and skill. His career developed from his travels in Italy as a young boy with his parents. It certainly developed through his great experience at the eponymous River Cafe in London. As for the food, there were some highlights for me, such as the perfectly made and sublime ravioli, as it should be. I could never think of taking on a vegan lifestyle when you have a carpaccio of local beef which is so beautifully prepared and presented; the local, spot on cooked lamb rack and that Amalfi lemon tart. For a few moments one could imagine being on the Amalfi coast, the fragrance of this dish truly laid out Amalfi to be the prince of lemons. In all, it was a startling collection of Mediterranean flavours.
I feel quite emotional having seen The Lygon progress through such dark years. It’s finally coming out on the other side! Just to say the service and attention from the friendly staff was somewhat aa special as the dinner itself.
I can’t wait until the next time!