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Michelin-starred Restaurant in Reading


Last weekend, I met with some family in Reading, where we were lucky enough to dine out in style at L'Ortolan.

L'Ortolan offers a contemporary twist on traditional French cuisine by Executive Chef Alan Murchison. As the only Michelin-starred Restaurant in Reading, we had high expectations, and were looking forward to something special.

The restaurant offers a choice of different menus, including a ten-course tasting menu and a 'surprise' menu, however, we opted for A La Carte, as this catered best for the group's differing tastes.

Upon arrival, we were served tray of appetisers in the lounge: delicate paper cones filled with fish goujons accompanied by tartar sauce, as well as cones filled with whimsical maple & bacon flavoured popcorn. It was delicious!

After sipping some pink champagne we moved to the dining room, where we chose from a selection of fresh bread- I went for a rosemary and sea salt focaccia.

For a starter, I had a goat's cheese mousse, which was presented encased in solid sugar and adorned with beetroot and berries. As you can see from the purpley picture below, this was a work of art. Doesn't it look beautiful?!

For my main course, I ordered roast duck accompanied by pineapple chutney, pak choi with coriander and as a very tasty potato galette. The duck was cooked to perfection- slightly pink and very tender.

I opted for the strawberry dessert, which appeared in front of me like a sort of edible woodland-scene. There was a toadstool crafted from toasted marshmallow with a Tahitian vanilla parfait stem, as well as scattered strawberries in pink pepper. Mmmm!

With beautifully presented food that tasted as good as it looked, L'Ortolan did not disappoint, and I would recommend it to those looking for somewhere special to have dinner.

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