hello all, okay so i have been wanting to post this up for AGES but just really haven’t had the time. so i have managed to squeeze a bit time to go over. hope you enjoy. xx
IM OFFICIALLY 18! YAY! to celebrate Mum booked for us, as a family, to go to Gary Rhodes Restaurant. Now I know you’re probably thinking, what? Gary Rhodes, Seriously? AND hell yeah! i love Gary Rhodes, well Loved, ever since we went to ‘Taste of London 11’ where I actually met Gary Rhodes and had a picture with him…ooo…AND got a free lemon tart off of him! So Basically Taste of London is a food Festival where all stalls are set up and Celebrity chefs have there own restaurant stall where you can taste small dishes,(which i go to every summer!). And Gary just happened to be checking on his stall whilst mum and I walked past. It was hilarious how mum seen his face, and she just lit up ad ran to him. he was really polite though, asking me about my cooking and that kind of thing. I even got a little signature and message!
the day was actually really nice. mum surprised me at work to take me out. my loving brothers went all the way to north London to pick up these lovely cupcakes which i could enjoy whilst at work. now if your thinking “wait work?”; yes working in education, towards the end of the school term is enrollments week. which yay for me is on my birthday. so all staff have to be in those days no matter what! i know right? piss take! but these cupcakes do look nice right? my favourite was the golden coloured with the mini fudge pieces. i have to admit they were a little stale like the cake itself. but it was a nice thought!
oo i ended up getting 3 cakes; the cupcakes; a homemade cake which Sue made me. Oh and next the the picture below is what everyone in the office brought me. ain’t it perty! Bless her she thought this was really me…so i come across as fashionable hey?
and a surprising cute cake cake Ajay and Arji personalised for me.
As you can see most of my day was spent eating cake…my HEAVEN.
Now you might think this was a bit of an insult or just cute in a kiddish way. But there is a story behind this. My nickname in the family is Pigso. I know, what? Apparently it is said that when I was younger and went on my first holiday, to Florida, aged 2; there was a Muppets show which we just missed and I was supposedly obsessed with Miss Piggy in Florida and cried the whole way back to the hotel. What a bundle of joy I was! So that’s where the pig come from. Now I wear glasses (only for computers) and supposedly look like Ugly Betty with my glasses and braces, which is what Ajay tried to interpret. AND finally you see this scar on my/the pig’s forehead. This story is, when I was 3 I fell on some pin nails and scraped by forehead, which has scarred me for life (but has cleared quite a bit now). But when I was 11 in my school Selfie, you can see the scar and Ajay took the piss out of me ever since and called me HARRY POTTER! So like the annoying Brother he is, he had to get all my outer beauty perks!!
Back to Rhodes….So the reservation was for 8.45 (mum left it too late to book the reservations), and we got there for 9.30 (traffic) and the kitchen was closing, dad still had to find parking, oh it was a disaster. We had literally 10 minutes before the kitchen closed so had to rush and pick our food. THE best thing from the evening had to have been the afters selection. Starters was ‘ite’-soup. cream of cauliflower. Yeah so nothing to special. The main me and Arji ordered vegetable risotto-it was utterly the worst risotto I have tasted. So you might think I’m over exaggerated, BUT even the cafeteria have served better risotto with their ‘bruschetta’ on the side. I don’t know you might say like it if you go but maybe I expected too much and my expectations were just splattered as soon as the waiter brought over the tiny espresso cup filled with off white loose puree. I have to admit maybe it was partly our fault as to why it wasn’t the best…hmm mum. Next time learn to time manage!
But overall I think I felt like I was made to feel special and blown away with the food. At moments if I had closed my I eyes I could have sworn I felt I was at Toby Carvery. Enough said. Overall the highlight was the magnificent view of London’s Urban Jungle laid out in front of us. Honestly the view just took me away. Gherkin literally adjacent to the window. There was this peculiar building with a 30 floored building, with an elevator lined with blue lights which you could see go up and down speedily. I could even see in the buildings ahead, employees working till 10pm in the office; I was literally praying I won’t turn out like that in the future. another thing which really touched me was the afters the waiter brought to us at the table. since the kitchen had closed the waited plated mini treats piping happy birthday for me. I thought this was soo nice of them and it kind got to me a little.
okay so what you see here is chocolate truffles rolled in freeze dried raspberries (top), cute mini blueberry muffins (middle) and individual Lime cheesecakes which wasn’t the zestiest (bottom).
I was a little disappointed with this night. mainly because I had this weird fantasy that Gary would randomly do a check on Rhodes 24 and i so happened to be there at the same time….you get where I’m going with this, right?
overall because of the view and mini afters i would rate this a 3/10 and that is purely because of the dessert. Nothing like the previous fine dining places. But hey ho, at least I can say I have finally been to my ex-favourite chef’s restaurant. Next thing on the list…Gordon I’m coming for you…