Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food

We turned up to heathrow's glamorous terminal 5 a little early and went straight through checkin and customs in no time at all. It was our first time flying from T5 and we were very impressed with the modernity and cleanliness of the building and facilities. We had a quick wander round then decided to go for lunch early. Plane Food has an unassuming entrance and a slightly cafe type feel to the layout. But an impressive bar and impeccable service make this a much more refined experience than the usual airport eateries. We were sat facing the vast glass wall of the terminal which gave us a view of the grey day we would be soon leaving behind. Very quickly we were offered cocktail of the day, a raspberry champagne mojito.

A very refreshing start to the meal. Short of time as we were we skipped starters and went straight for the mains. I had a 28 day aged rump steak cooked expertly to medium rare with giant onion rings, shallot butter and delicious roasted garlic. It was a lovely steak (I am looking forward to something a bit bigger and richer in Vegas!) The only down point to this dish was the lack of a steak knife. As it's housed in an airport plane food cannot provide a knife which is a. Sharp or b. over 6cm long. But both our dishes were so tender that we managed perfectly fine with what we were given.

Claire had the marinated lamb chops served with spicy wedges, mint raita and salad. These were tender as they come and deliciously spiced. I ate her wedges as I was craving chips
with my steak and I was disappointed that they weren't as
Crunchy as expected. Claire had a delicious side of buttered jersey royals.

We washed this all down with a carafe of Chapel Down Bacchus. An old favourite, crisp, floral and just what was needed on this muggy day.

Our desserts were a perfectly respectable chocolate and pecan brownie with vanilla ice-cream and the star of the meal Ramsay's famous pineapple carpaccio, which was served with banana and passionfruit sorbet and a pineapple crisp. Despite dubiousness regarding banana and passionfruit sorbet this combination hit the mark. We once said we wouldn't go to a Ramsay restaurant but I'm glad we changed our minds on this
occasion. Certainly the best meal we've had in an airport and it put the stodge on the BA flight to shame. Cheers Gordo.

As an aside the BA Plane food was not up to scratch (Claire's quite a fan of aeroplane food) but the wine was ok. The red Bordeaux was lacklustre but the Californian Chardonnay was surprisingly good.

And thanks to BA for their entertainment system crashing for an hour which allowed me to write this on the tiny, tiny keyboard in my iPhone.

Location:Heathrow Terminal Five

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