Blink in London and chances are you’ll have missed 100 of the coolest, newest and all-round ‘need to be there’ events the capital has to offer. One such event was the recent collaboration between Berkshire’s two AA rosette awarded The Beehive, and West-London’s high-end One-O-One. Partnering up for one weekend only (Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st May, 2016), chefs Dominic Chapman (of The Beehive) and Pascal Proyart (of One-O-One) curated three tasting menus designed to showcase their individual talents alongside one another – and what a treat it was!
We were lucky enough to be hosted for the 8 course tasting menu in the delightful One-O-One, located in stylish Knightsbridge. With its hotel lobby decor and lofty location, it’s certainly not for everyone, but as with all things, the proof is in the pudding. And by pudding, we mean delicious food. Our very attentive waiter talked us through the extensive wine list (you can opt for a specific wine pairing for the tasting menu but, adventurous types we are, we went off piste), finally settling on a sprightly Pavian Pinot Grigio and a fruity California Merlot.
Presentation is key in any fine-dining establishment, but Dominic and Pascal take things one step further with their stunning work, making it impossible to eat a single bite without first taking a million photos. We can’t think of anything more stressful than not having an instagram-worthy picture of the colours, textures, and layers before devouring the dish in three bites flat. For our first dishes, we were treated with fish – an amuse-bouche of herring roll mop, followed by line caught rainbow trout (hand caught by a local septuagenarian fisherman so we’re told), daintily presented on a bed of salad and quail eggs – *sigh*, so beautiful.
Not only was our penchant for picture-perfect servings satisfied, but oh-my, did it taste good! The bold, smoky flavours of the salad dressing worked perfectly with the delicate texture of the fish, and who doesn’t love a quail egg to boot? Working our way through more seafood, courtesy of a scallop and langoustine medley, we felt ready to experience one of the key moments of the evening: Pascal’s famous Surf & Turf, composed of Lobster, King Crab, Beef Fillet, Carrot, Asparagus, and Bisque. Meaty, sweet, and gluttonously saucy, we enjoyed every single mouthful. Our only complaint? That there weren’t more mouthfuls to be had!
The deconstructed lasagne was a definite highlight, with its creamy bechamel sauce and lasagne sheets that were so soft and pillowy, we were left wondering what exactly we were eating for half the course (which most definitely added to the fun). With just enough room for dessert, we readily tucked into a smorgasbord of treats including white chocolate, mousse, fresh raspberries, ice cream, and a rather delicious alcoholic jelly.
Although this particular collaboration was a one off – don’t despair, Pascal and Dominic offer these dishes on their respective menus daily. So, you can sample each and every one at your leisure, as well as some other crackers. Plus, between you and us, the ever-charming Pascal hinted that his collaboration with The Beehive would certainly not be his last, so keep your eyes peeled for many more exciting pop-ups and collabs with other foodie favourites. Cutting edge, One-O-One is not, but for a taste of classic gourmet food made with passion by a true connoisseur, you know just where to go.
For further information on One-O-One, please visit http://oneoonerestaurant.com/
For further information on The Beehive, please visit http://thebeehivewhitewaltham.com/