Regular readers will know that MTV boyfriend is a man of habits. If he sees certain dishes on a restaurant menu it takes him an almost super human feat of will power to order anything different. I am the opposite and like ordering whatever appears to be weird and wonderful. However MTV boyfriend’s ordering tactics prove to be very useful when trying to size one restaurant up against another. After all you should compare apples with apples right? Or in this case, créme brulée with créme brulée. Here is the definitive list of MTV boyfriends ranking of créme brulée in London. Of course a list like this is never finished and I will endeavour to update it regularly when a new créme brulée hits the top ten.
MTV boyfriend rates the créme brulée here as the best in London. It was perfectly caramalised on top so that the the surface was thick but still breakable with a good hit of the spoon. The créme brulée had been caramalised immediately before being brought to the table so the heat from the blow torch or grill had warmed the créme brulée throughout. It had a silky smooth taste and was served with a lemon flavoured biscuit as an accompaniment.
2. Coq d’argent
At this classic French restaurant the créme brulée has a great vanilla bean flavour and a smooth and luxurious texture. It nearly took the crown but was just pipped at the post.
If you can get a booking in this tiny hole in the wall restaurant you are doing well. The créme brulée is a golden caramel on top with a subtle lemon flavour inside. MTV declared this créme brulée as very close to perfection.
4. Village East
The créme brulée is actually called the “village brulee” here but despite the name it is a pretty classic take on the créme brulée. MTV boyfriend declared it very good indeed.
5. The Larder
The créme brulée at The Larder is excellent with a nice thick coating of caramel on top which gives a satisfying thwack when hit with a spoon.
6. The Oak
Créme brulée is “thyme infused” and served with a strawberry and raspberry coulis. Tasty and interesting but MTV boyfriend’s view is don’t mess around with the classics like créme brulée too much.
7. Chez Bruce
The créme brulée has a slightly burnished caramel topping and a lovely silky smooth texture but disappointingly was served stone cold with not even a residue of heat from the caramelisation process. Not a bad effort but you expect perfection at these prices.
The créme brulée is topped with tiny blueberries. Quite well cooked but on the small side.
Créme brulée is decent enough but on our visit had been reheated rather than caramlised prior to serving. I think the French would disapprove.
The Rapscallion’s créme brulée was a disaster. It wasn’t set properly so it resembled runny custard with a floating caramel top. A disgrace to créme brulée everywhere.
If you liked reading this you might be interested in my fool proof recipe for making your own créme brulée.Posted by: Cara on February 24th, 2010 14 Comments »
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