Paris House – Tasting menu and wine flight, sophistication personified
February 18, 2019
My sister-in-law and I had the pleasure of trying the exquisite eight course tasting menu with the six glass wine flight.
Set in the absolutely beautiful 22 acre deer park located on Woburn Estate in Bedfordshire is Paris House, which I can honestly say is one of the most stunning, unique restaurants I have ever dined at. The building was originally built in Paris on the Rue des Nations as part of The Paris International Exhibition called ‘The Street of Nations’. The 9th Duke of Bedford fell in love with it and incredibly had it taken apart, shipped and rebuilt piece by piece in the grounds of Woburn Abbey.
The Owner and Executive Chef, Phil Fanning was awarded a Michelin Star in 2010 and then bought Paris House in 2014 with his wife. Since then Paris House has undergone a full modern refurbishment of the dining rooms and kitchen, which has been a great improvement and has injected new life into the restaurant.
After a short drive through the deer park we arrived at Paris House, we were greeted warmly and seated immediately. We could tell straight away that they truly care about each customer’s experience. We ordered refreshing Berry Fizz mocktails as we thought seeing as there were six wine pairings to come, it was probably best to pace ourselves!
The restaurant has a romantic ambience, with subtle flattering lighting, comfortable dining chairs and sophisticated silver and glass ware. The artwork and décor all created a relaxed, but chic atmosphere, we felt totally at ease in this haven for foodies.
Canapés were brought out, the presentation was fantastic and we could tell we were in for a unique treat.
Carrot Macaron with lentil and mango chutney, being a huge fan of any mini foods I absolutely loved these, the taste of the carrot went really well with the sweet mango chutney and the texture of the macaron was soft and light.
Chickpea Falafel with tzatziki, I was pleasantly surprised at this as I’m not usually keen on chickpeas, but the falafel was flavoursome and the tzatziki refreshing.
Seeded Lavosh with trout tartar and caviar, this was my favourite and tasted incredible, the contrasting textures of the seeded lavosh tartar and bursting caviar was extremely satisfying, I could have eaten 10 of them!
Next we were given fresh, warm bread with two different types of butter, one blended with marmite and one with balsamic vinegar and oil, which I had never experienced before, the marmite was delicious, however the balsamic vinegar and oil was my favourite of the two.
1st Course – Brandade, Herb Crusted Sea Bass, Yukon Gold Soup and Dill Oil. Tasty, comforting and creamy this was one of my favourites from the eight course menu.
2nd Course – Pumpkin, Red Bean, Dry Yeast and Rice Cake, paired with Dopff au Moulin from Alsace in France. The ‘Rice cake’ was almost like a chewy dumpling that went well with the texture of the pumpkin and red beans. This dish had hearty, earthy textures and subtle flavours that were complimented by the crisp dry wine, which had hints of apple, pear and citrus.
3rd Course – Duck, Cured Breast, Confit Gizzard, Kohlrabi, Umboshi Mayonnaise paired with Beaujolais. The duck was absolutely beautiful and flavoursome contrasting well with the crispy rice crackers.
4th Course – Skate, Moroccan Spice, Wheat Berry and Harissa paired with Kayra from Anatolia, Turkey. This was a fiery combination and the hotness of the harissa complimented the taste of the skate.
5th Course – Venison, Hazelnut Emulsion, Chicory, Smoked Shiitake paired with Lake Breeze, Bull Ant. This was another favourite for me, the venison melted in your mouth and I have never tasted such a delicious shiitake mushroom before!
6th Course – Rhubarb, Ginger, Orange and Toasted Milk. This was my favourite out of the desserts as I enjoyed the tartness of the rhubarb contrasting with the sweetness of the ginger, orange and toasted milk.
7th Course – Sweet Potato, Braeburn Apple, Parma Violet and Pistachio paired with Moscato d’Asti, Nivole. This course was very sweet but enjoyable, I especially enjoyed the aero style green pistachio chocolate.
8Th Course – Caramel, Cep, Pear and Caramalized White Chocolate paired with Moscatel de Setubal from the south of Lisbon, Portugal. Another very sweet course, creamy and crunchy with the delicious taste of caramel.
After we had eaten, the talented Executive Chef and Owner Phil Fanning came and spoke with us about the Japanese influence on the menu, where the produce was from and answered our questions. This was a lovely, personal touch and I greatly appreciated it!
Every course was beautifully presented, unique and interesting to look at, ALMOST too good to eat, but much too delicious not to! There is also incredible art on display available to purchase, I fell in love with the three Bee pieces by Annette Marie Townsend!
I would highly recommend if you really want to impress someone, or celebrating something special, it was a fantastic experience all round! (Mothers Day and Easter are coming up if you need an excuse)
A choice if six, eight and ten course tasting menus change five times a year seasonally. Paris House also offer masterclasses for the food fans who are interested in discovering culinary techniques, secrets and skills used by top chefs to create the perfect dish. Guests can even watch the behind the scenes action from the iconic Chef’s Table in the kitchen or private dining areas are also available.
Quote LUXURIA and receive 20% off tasting menus during March.( This offer is exempt on Saturdays)
A huge thank you to Paris House for a one-of-a-kind experience that will never be forgotten!
Written by Jessica Chapman for Luxuria Lifestyle International