Dinner At Gidleigh Park (Dartmoor)

昨日も早く眠くなり10時過ぎに寝ましたが、1時間から1時間半ごとくらいに目が覚め、何度かまた寝ることができましたが、ついに4時にギブアップ。

I fell asleep early again just after 10.00pm last night, kept waking up every hour or an hour and a half, went back to sleep a few times but gave up at 4.00am.

良くなって来たと思った腱鞘炎、また悪くなったような。。。タイプのし過ぎですね、気をつけなければ。と言いつつも、旅行のブログが気になって放ってはおけず。。。

My wrist felt much better yesterday but seems to be more painful today, probably too much blogging but it’s hard not to as there is so much to write.  I must be careful, though…

Gidleigh Park のレストラン(ミシュラン2つ星)で21年間シェフを勤められていた Michael Caines さんが1年半ほど前にご自分のレストランをオープンされ、Michael Wignall さんというシェフに変わってから初めてのディナーをいただきました。正直なところ、Michael Caines さんのお料理はわたしたちには伝統的なフレンチすぎて(最後の数年はモダンになりましたが)、また塩味があまりにきつすぎて好みではありませんでしたので、新しいシェフに変わったのはわたしたちにとってはグッドニュースでした。

Michael Caines, who was the head chef at Gidleigh Park left about a year and a half ago after working there for 21 years, opening his own place, and a new head chef, Michael Wignall, replaced him.  This was our first time to have dinner there after the change.  To be very honest, we were never big fans of Michael Caines’ cooking.  This was much too traditional for a long long time, and even after he changed his style finally some years ago to a more modern presentation, it was much too salty and the taste was still very traditional for us, so this was good news for us.

残念なことになにしろ食事をしたのは2週間も前のことで、細かいことは覚えていません。やはりすぐにブログに書かないと忘れてしまいます。が、こちらのお料理はあまりに多くの食材が使われていて、多分食事のすぐ後でも大して書けなかったとは思います。わたしはベジタリアンのコースをいただいて、夫は普通のコースをいただきました。写真はわたしがいただいたお皿と夫のお皿とごっちゃになっていますが、今ではどちらがどちらだったのかも定かではありません(笑)。写真にはありませんが、わたしはメインの代わりにチーズをいただきました。(追記 思い出しました。ベジタリアンコースではなく、いただけないものを言って適当にアレンジしていただきました。)

As it was already about 2 weeks ago when we had the dinner there, I cannot remember all the details.  Even if I wrote about it soon after the dinner, I probably couldn’t have written a lot about it because there were so many elements in each dish, there was no way I could have remembered all of it.  I took their vegetarian course and my husband had their usual tasting menu.  I cannot even tell you which dish was mine so I’m going to just upload the photos.  There is no photo of it but I had both cheese and sweets for dessert instead of one of the main courses.  (Additonal Note :  I didn’t actually take their “vegetarian course” but told them what I cannot make and they made a course for me.)

ご覧のようにプレゼンテーションはとてもとても美しくため息が出る美しさですし、大変手が込んだ繊細な高レベルのお料理で、どれもとても美味しくいただきました。ただ、個人的な好みとしてはあまりにたくさんの食材がそれぞれのお皿にほんの少量ずつ使われているので、素晴らしいと思う反面、たくさんの味が混じってしまってメインの食材がないのが残念な気もしました。この辺りは好みの問題で、素晴らしいお料理であることは間違いないと思います。特にベジタリアンのコースはがっかりすることが多いのですが、こちらのお料理はさすがはミシュラン2つ星と思わせるものでした。

As it’s obvious from the photos, the presentation is just beautiful and impressive and makes you sigh.  It was very complicated, sophisticated, elaborate high level cooking and all tasted delicious, there is no doubt about it.  However, there were just so many elements in each dish and a tiny amount of each element that I wasn’t sure what I was tasting although it always tasted very good.  Although I love having many different elements on each dish, it seemed a little too many, and personally I thought I would have liked it if I can taste one main element with a few others to compliment it.  It’s only a very personal feeling and, as I say, there is no doubt that it’s very high level cooking and I would be happy to have it again.  Vegetarian courses can be so boring but this was certainly not boring.

 

14June17GPDinner1

 

14June17GPDinner2

 

14June17GPDinner3

 

14June17GPDinner4

 

14June17GPDinner5

 

14June17GPDinner6

 

14June17GPDinner7

 

14June17GPDinner8

 

14June17GPDinner9

 

14June17GPDinner10

 

14June17GPDinner11

 

14June17GPDinner12

 

14June17GPDinner13

 

14June17GPDinner14

 

14June17GPDinner15

 

14June17GPDinner16

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s