Aside from the epic 360-degree views that come with level 31 of The Shard, Aqua Shard is known for its contemporary British cuisine. However, for his new special menu, Executive Chef Anthony Garlando took a step back and delved into our culinary history. Created in collaboration with Matthew Fort (of whom you will probably know Great British menu), the Forgotten British Dishes menu features dishes lost in time that have been updated and modernized for today.
Matthew searched books, unpublished sources, and handwritten collections of friends and family to find old dishes, which Anthony reinterpreted using the best British produce. The result is a menu made up of many familiar ingredients, but with some surprising combinations.
It starts with Lady Llanover’s salted duck, inspired by the Lady’s 1867 book The first principles of good cooking and the traditional method of salting meat. The 2020 version of the dish includes goat curd, elderberries, and pickled cauliflower, all of which add sharpness and help slice the duck. The Native Yorkshire Mustard Lobster with Heirloom Radish actually comes from Mrs. Fort, Matthew’s mother, and it has been balanced well so that the pepper in the sauce and radish doesn’t overwhelm the lobster.
The other main roast saddle of lamb with onion jam, smoked ham and reformed sauce, was influenced by John Farley’s book of 1753 The London art of cooking. It’s not often that you see ham and lamb on the same plate, but with the old-fashioned reformed sauce and the addition of a rich sauce, it all ties together well. For the pudding, it’s Windemere pie, taken from Ms. Squarey’s recipe book, published in 1886, who also happens to be a distant relative of Matthew. It’s a pastry box filled with gooseberries and summer fruit jam – so it’s pretty and tangy – with Anthony taking the coconut from the recipe and adding a toasted coconut ice cream on top. the top.
Apart from the refinement of the recipes, it goes without saying that the presentation has also been spruced up, so the view won’t be the only thing you will be snapping here. Aqua Shard has also implemented new safety measures, including social distancing markers and PPE for staff, so you can eat out with peace of mind.
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