- A London chef has launched a seven-course tasting menu inspired by his childhood.
- It includes a “granola” served in a Corn Flakes box and cereal bowl, “egg n soldiers,” and a take on fish and chips.
- The menu is available at The Perception at the W London Hotel until the end of February for £49 ($US63).
A London chef has launched a seven-course tasting menu inspired by childhood memories – and it involves a dish served in a Corn Flakes box.
27-year-old Ben Murphy, who is currently Head Chef at Kensington’s Launceston Place and has trained in Michelin-starred kitchens, created the menu as part of W London’s Dining Series.
Priced at £49 ($US63), the meal takes guests “on an exciting journey through his childhood memories, where every dish is designed to surprise and humour even the most experienced palates” – and they’re all pretty Instagrammable.
The menu only gives away three ingredients per dish, so diners are kept guessing – but the hotel shared the full menu with INSIDER.
The meal kicks off with an amuse-bouche, “egg n soldiers,” which combines “foie gras royale and a creamy scrambled egg mousse.”
Next up is the chicken liver parfait with blood orange and crispy chicken skin granola, served in a bowl like cereal.
The third dish is pickled beetroot served with a hearty braised oxtail and lemon thyme consommé, inspired by Murphy’s memories of eating oxtail soup in bed when he was sick.
The next course is a take on fish and chips using charred hake, Jerusalem artichoke, and a vanilla reduction…
…as well as venison served with Pont Neuf potatoes, spiced pine, and roasted parsnips.
For dessert, diners can expect “Ben’s Pear” served with timur and a hazelnut crumb – a homage to Murphy’s nana’s pear crumble…
…as well as “Choc Ice,” served with a honey and milk mousse and blackberry gel.
According to the W London, the menu aims to “transform the stuffy and overly-formal connotations often associated with a gastronomic set menu.”
“Bringing together a selection of my childhood memories and my sense of humour whilst using a range of cutting-edge cooking techniques has been immense fun,” Murphy said.
The £49 menu will be served in the W Hotel London’s bar and lounge, The Perception, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. until the end of February 2019, with a smaller two-course theatre menu available for £17.50 ($US22.50) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the festive period.
The menu is the latest in W London’s Dinner Series, which, since launching in 2017 to coincide with the launch of the hotel’s new bar and lounge, has involved a bespoke menu by Australian-born chef Magnus Reid and a 100% vegan menu from Ravinder Bhogal.
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