Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, L’ortolan, is hosting a special dinner in celebration of their 18th birthday. For one night only, former head chef Alan Murchison – who headed up the restaurant for 14 years and was at the helm when L’ortolan was awarded its Michelin star – will be joining current head chef Tom Clarke in the kitchen to re-create some of the most popular dishes of all time.
The oldest dish on the Greatest Hits menu is a crab, mango and fennel creation dating back to 2004, followed by a goose liver parfait sandwich from 2007. Other highlights include poached halibut with cucumber and nasturtium (2018), sesame crusted tuna with watermelon and wasabi (2011), fillet of beef with horseradish pomme puree and Madeira jus (2012), and a toffee apple dessert with salted caramel and pecans (2014). If you can’t make the night, fear not: some of the dishes will remain on L’ortolan’s menus for the duration of September to allow maximum celebration.
L’ortolan is a beautiful dining spot, housed in a Grade II listed former vicarage in the village of Shinfield surrounded by picturesque gardens. Since opening in 2001 it has played host to some of the UK’s best chefs, including Nico Ladenis, John Burton-Race, and of course Alan Murchison, L’ortolan’s first head chef. Since 2015 Tom Clarke has headed up the kitchen, cooking up a modern French menu with a focus on seasonal produce – think flavoursome dishes executed perfectly and artistically. Before L’ortolan, Tom worked at top restaurants including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons. Unique and timeless, the restaurant has held a Michelin star for over 16 years, and is regularly heralded as one of the best restaurants in Berkshire.
L’ortolan, Church Ln, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY
11 September 2019
£100pp, tickets can be pre-booked at the restaurant. Visit lortolan.com for more information