Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Autumn Arrives in Style


Only a few weeks ago, the sight and smell of bright red strawberries would have sufficed to tame my hunger. I was stuck in summer and couldn’t imagine having anything else. But now the weather is changing, I dream of shiny and wet pumpkin; sweet and intense roots; purple and dark fruits; gamey flavours and much more robust ingredients.
Imagine how excited we were when we received our first perfectly formed and ripened butternut squash. It was like a toy; we had to touch it, feel it, smell it. A trophy. Odd for some but completely natural for us. 
I wrote our autumn menu exclusively with my dream ingredients in mind. I have tried to find other ways of inspiration, for example by experimenting with cooking techniques. It just doesn't work for me. I also force myself not to eat in other restaurants during my menu creation. I am scared it might influence me and would ultimately make me lose my focus on ingredients. This also means that dishes might not change drastically from year to year. They certainly evolve but at a very organic pace.

I hope you enjoy the new Autumn menu as much as we have creating it. Personally I think it's our best yet!
I hope to see you all soon,

Alexis

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Celebrating our 5th Birthday

This August we celebrated our 5th birthday, and to mark this special occasion we invited all of our closest friends to join us with a whole month of feasting. Each guest was presented with an original piece of specially comissioned artwork depicting a table setting in the Grand Salon to take home as a thank you to them for coming. Every single day in August we were full with guests and we couldn’t be more grateful. 


Thank you and Happy Birthday to us!