I started blogging as an outlet for a few of my interests, photography being one of them.
As much as I love the convenience of digital photography, there is something so wonderful about film – the uncertainty and excitement when watching the image develop is something that really can’t be replaced. I was given a FujiFilm Instax camera last Christmas, and over the past year have captured so many amazing memories and experiences.
The FujiFilm team sent me another one this year to create some new memories with, in order to create a #ChristmasToRemember, which I took out for a spin at Roux at Parliament Square.
I love a good tasting menu, so I was extremely excited about Roux at Parliament Square, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!
My meal was booked through Virgin Experience Days, and was such fantastic value. We started the evening off with champagne cocktails and some delicious amuse bouche – truffle grilled cheese and a spiced rice cracker with goat’s cheese.
The first course was slow cooked beetroot, Innes goat’s cheese, toasted seeds and lovage. You really can’t beat beetroot and goat’s cheese, and this was presented beautifully – I loved the combination of beetroot varieties in the dish.
The next course was a roast Scottish langoustine and prawn tortellini with coastal vegetables, served with a consomme. I love a theatrical course, and this was as delicious as it looked – a very juicy mouthful.
The next course was one I was extremely excited for, but didn’t quite meet expectations. The carbonara of squid, smoked bacon and confit egg yolk had a very strange texture, which was disappointing as I loved the concept.
The roast wild sea bass with red wine braised salsify, chicken wings and mushrooms more than made up for it – this was one of my favourite courses, and was absolutely stunning.
At this point I was unbelievably stuffed, but we still had a little way to go – Herdwick lamb, smoked aubergine, Isle of Wight tomatoes and gem lettuce was up next. I love braised lettuce, and the lamb was really tender.
The lamb was followed by the first dessert course – Mead poached pear with lavender honey, chamomile, and pistachio.
The final dessert course (if you don’t count the petits fours which I was way too full for) was Manjari chocolate with hazelnuts and creme fraiche. Very rich, but utterly delicious.
All in all I had a wonderful evening – definitely an evening to remember. I’ll be creating a lot more memories with my Instax this year, and for all of you celebrating I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!