Someone has to win!
Do you ever bother to enter competitions? Usually people don’t. Well I won dinner for two at Michelin star restaurant Murano By Angela Hartnett’s in London’s Mayfair.
The three course Italian menu plus canapés had wines to accompany each course. We started with a glass of prosecco and canapés. Prosciutto of course on an Italian menu, and arancini, fried rice balls mixed with truffles, mozzarella and ementhal cheese. Our first course was a creamy summer risotto using Italian carnaroli rice mixed with asparagus and peas, and topped with crunchy pine nuts. Our mains, we all had the same, were Hogget short loin cooked with crispy sweetbreads, almonds and goats cheese. None of us at the table knew what Hogget was, but it appears to be sheep’s meat somewhere between lamb and mutton! I love lamb but sadly this wouldn’t have been my choice as a bit too tough or perhaps it needed a jus!
Dessert was apricot and caramel cream in a puff pastry served with a lemon and lavender sorbet. Everything was beautifully presented and the service couldn’t be faulted.
It all came about as I am a Gold Card holder of the Automobile Association, and decided to look at what that meant. There was a competition with a chance to win dinner for two at Angela Hartnett’s Michelin star restaurant Murano in Mayfair. As this is up my street, I entered and actually won. For the occasion, the AA took over her restaurant for the evening. Angela was at the restaurant, and took time from the kitchen to talk to us. She has a lovely sense of humour. A protégée of Gordon Ramsey Angela was awarded an MBE in 2007, and opened her own eatery the following year where she still cooks. Currently, Murano has 4 AA rosettes, and is one of the Good Food Guide’s top 50 restaurants for 2015. Murano is the first independent restaurant to be in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot.
Murano By Angela Hartnett
20 -22 Queen Street, London W1J 5PP. www.angela-hartnett.com T. 020 7495 1127