I’m a big Ramsay fan, big bold flavours, decent sized portions. Always teamed in a beautiful setting. York & Albany is a favourite of mine, that I do not get to visit as much as I’d like. Unlike other Ramsay restaurants that sometimes people might feel uncomfortable or not posh enough to visit (try to shake that thought, they aren’t that kind of venue) Y&A is a very approachable, easy place to visit, dine, drink and stay (yep they even have a hotel here). It’s in the perfect location for lazy summer afternoons, being that it’s right on the edge of regents park, perfect for a lunch pre or post zoo visit. Or lunch with clients. As well as dinner with the other half. It’s a great all rounder, and very affordable too.
I needed a fairly quick but quality lunch with clients, this ticked all my boxes. Attentive staff, stunning food, great wine selection. Perfect for a catching up as not too loud either. Was a bit chilly today so we sat inside. But in the summer make sure you visit too! We were seated at a lovely table near the back of the townhouse. And began to order. Sorry for the lack of pictures but everyone wanted to go for the same thing, it looked that good on the menu. You can see that there are some key dishes here for lunch that people don’t want to leave not having. The menu is of course seasonal but I would suggest the Crispy hen’s egg, wild mushrooms, truffle pesto. It’s to die for. Runny egg (which is a must) in a crispy case, like a scotch egg, put together with the sweetness of the mushrooms and the top notes of truffle pesto running through the salad. Simple ingredients some times produce the most extraordinary flavours. Ramsey packs a punch again, we all had that to start.
Then for the main, Dandelion and mustard gnocchi, cauliflower, Parmesan. Which I was told was also delicious and filling. Fantastic veggie option. Why should all the fun be for the carnivores 😉 We had a pork joint on purple steam broccoli with creamy polenta, which I seemed to inhale it was that good. Over in a flash. Is it too rude to lick your plate? Yeah probably is. Oh well 😉
We skipped dessert and opted for teas and coffees instead. Was too full from our wonderful starters and mains. It was a fabulous lunch. I mustn’t forget about this little gem in the heart of London. And nor should you. Book your table immediately and let me know how good it was.