Steve, Jon, Jen and I had a very delicious dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany restaurant in Camden. Starters included squid with chorizo (excellent) and fishcakes with a gribiche sauce, confit red peppers and squid taramasalata (very good). Jen’s starter was a warm wood pigeon salad with roasted quince and pickled turnips. I had a very tasty thick Caterbridge rib-eye steak with wilted watercress and mushrooms on toast which was perfectly cooked (at medium rare) with truffle chips (which I think is a little gimmicky but they were yummy enough to order twice). Jon had a somewhat unappetizing looking sea bream but it tasted wonderful and had a perfectly melt in your mouth texture. Jen had roasted corn-fed chicken, bread sauce and seasonal root vegtables. Jon and I shared a large decadent steamed treacle sponge pudding as part of his inoculation against the awful school versions he endured in the past. Jen tucked into some warm chocolate fondant with fromage blanc sorbet.
The service was too quick and we were done in about an hour for a three course meal and it was not even busy enough for turning tables. I had trouble getting the attention of our waiter on several occasions but Steve who has a more commanding presence than me got prompt attention. We sat downstairs opposite the kitchen which was certainly a thrill for me. The head chef had a nice Scottish (Glaswegian?) accent