Yesterday Nisha of My Kitchen Antics and I, we went to a breakfast event organised by Royal Doulton at Chef Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen. The event was to give us a sneak preview of Royal Doulton's new tableware range which is coming out in October 2013.
This is what Royal Doulton has to say about their new range-
Royal Doulton and Chef Gordon Ramsay have joined forces once again with a striking new tableware collection, influenced by the East London warehouse style of Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen restaurant.
The designers at Royal Doulton have worked closely with Gordon Ramsay’s team drawing inspiration from the contemporary dining style at Bread Street Kitchen, to create a fresh, contemporary collection reflecting the sophisticated yet simple, good, honest dishes served in the restaurant.
The result is a modern design that lends itself to the casual dining style for which Bread Street Kitchen is renowned and works perfectly in a relaxed, home environment. All pieces are perfectly proportioned for every meal. The serving pieces in the collection are intended for both individual portion sizes (as you would be served in the restaurant itself) or to share, centre table. This is made even easier with the addition of a unique metal plate riser which allows for more table space. The riser has been created to work with various elements of the Bread Street Kitchen range and is capable of holding the charger, dinner plate or 23cm bowl.
The BSK range consists of a neutral slate and white colour palette. Additional interest comes from mixing satin and high gloss finishes and a contrasting edge line, which creates a striking and smart look.
Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen by Royal Doulton is the ideal range for any cook as every item is carefully considered for both cooking and dining, with specially designed elements to make an easy transition from kitchen to table. The casserole dish has side handles for carrying to the table and is cleverly designed to evenly distribute the steam, during cooking. All sizes of serving ware are designed to sit on the multi-functional wooden serving board so meals can be taken straight from oven to table and presented to waiting diners.
This is what Chef Gordon Ramsay says about Royal Doulton's new range--
And what do I say? Oh well the experience was really nice. I have always been a big fan of Royal Doulton's tableware range, so when I got the invite I was excited. The cream on top was that the event was taking place at the famous Bread Street Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay was supposed to be present.
We got a little late, battling the office hour rush and then trying to find the place. By the time we arrived people were ordering their breakfast.
The breakfast menu looked impressive.
After a little tug of war between the Ricotta Hot Cakes and Eggs Benedict, the eggs won. Simply because I have seen the Chef's video on it and ever since I wanted to try it.
So this American dish which has a toasted English muffin topped with ham or bacon (ham in my case, just a random choice), poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce came looking like this.
I gingerly bit into it and it was perfection. Nothing else can describe this dish. The sauce was light yet creamy, the poached eggs were perfect, and all the ingredients came together to create this well balanced dish.
I am so taking my husband to have this one day soon. Being an egg lover I am sure he will devour this.
Nisha ordered this Ricotta Hot Cakes, Banana and Honeycomb Butter. I sneaked in
a bite two from her plate. To me it tasted pretty much like well made American pancakes, we could not understand where the ricotta cheese was. Was it stuffed or was it in the batter? This puzzle has to be solved sometime soon. The butter was slightly salted and added to the taste. The two bites I had I loved it. But Nisha said that after a while the dish seemed too buttery. I could imagine. This is definitely one of those dishes where less is more.
The Royal Doulton representative sitting with us had ordered Yogurt, toasted granola and berries. She kindly let me take a photo of her food before she began. She said it was lovely. I could just imagine.
All of us agreed that the food was great and how we would love to have breakfast like this everyday! We talked about how difficult it was to select one item from the breakfast menu and wished they had done a platter with small portions of each item. But that is just us gluttons talking. Never mind us!
A little about this place. It's simply massive. It has an open plan, with huge windows through which sunlight streamed in. Loved the large mirrors on the walls and the black & white chequered floor. It is a dream place to take photographs in.
We were served food in the Royal Doulton's about to be launched range.
After breakfast Chef Gordon Ramsay came to have a chat with us. He spoke briefly about the collaboration with Royal Doulton and then he visited all the tables. When he came over to ours, he asked us about the food and the new Royal Doulton range and how stunning yet practical it is.
The Royal Doulton official tableware photos are posted on Kitchen Karma's Facebook page in case you are interested.
So was the Chef anything like what he is on Hell's Kitchen? Thankfully no, he was polite and joking. And Nisha and I, we were near to swooning. Near to, mind you :-)