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Posh Lunch Club at Racine

Lunch at Racine

Friends were visiting from Ireland recently and staying in Knightsbridge. As always happens these days, recommendations were requested, and I had one must visit for them in the area – Racine. I couldn’t get through to them, and when I finally did they announced that they had already happened upon it and loved it. High praise from two Francophiles indeed. I was delighted that they had had a chance to try it, I feel now that everyone should.

Racine is a classic French restaurant that serves very elegant, well executed food. Henry Harris is at the helm, with impeccable credentials having trained at Hilaire with Simon Hopkinson. I’ve eaten there a few times now and have never been disappointed. Each dish delivers what you expect and more. It’s classic French food, rich but not heavy with excellent sourcing of ingredients that are cooked in perfect harmony.

I went here for Posh Lunch Club but for the first time fell off of the horse. Posh Lunch Club is about fine dining at bargain prices, only from the set menu, no matter how enticing the main menu is. I blame my dining companion Derek, he went off piste, and then I had to. It’s all his fault you see. I have decided to include it in Posh Lunch Club anyway, if only because I am going there for regular posh lunches from now on, and they are a steal at £17.50 for 3 courses. Also, despite matching wines to each course and going off piste, it came in at the same price as The Ledbury set lunch (£50), and I enjoyed it just as much.

So, what did we have? We started with the stunning bone marrow, spring garlic and bacon toast pictured at the top of this post. It was gentle, eloquent, and just the right side of intense. The garlic distracted from the bone marrows fervor and gave it a lovely aromatic and slightly nutty quality.

Lunch at Racine

Mains were, for me, and from the set menu, confit pork belly with sauce diable. Derek had confit de canard aux lentilles. I wanted each as much as the other. My pork belly was perfect. The flesh was tender and packed with flavour, the skin was crispy but not teeth shatteringly so, it had a lovely crunch. The sauce diable was creamy but with a beautiful acidity, which was perfect with the fatty pork. The confit de canard was the best I’ve had, crispy, succulent, more-ish and the lentils were a perfect savoury accompaniment.

Lunch at Racine

I went off piste for the dessert, for I have to have the rhubarb as you know. We’re almost out of season and I am in a near panic. Poached Yorkshire rhubarb, mandarin sorbet, grand Marnier and orange curd was a beautiful tribute to my favourite fruit, the rhubarb meshed with the ice cream, bright pink and meltingly tender. I see it’s still on the menu now. Derek had the cheese board which was generous and well selected, and had the most delicious walnuts, from memory they were gently spiced and candied.

Lunch at Racine

The menu changes daily and offers great variety – it is updated on their website and I can’t resist peeking frequently and planning future outings there. This was one of my favourite posh lunch clubs by far, and it’s placed high in my affections for dinner too. A classic restaurant, driven by passion, knowledge and fierce attention to detail. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend you go.

Lunch at Racine

Racine Restaurant

www.racine-restaurant.com

239 Brompton Road
London SW3 2EP
020 7584 4477

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11 Comments

  1. Rhubarb!?
    Me too!
    & what’s more I’ve never met another who places rhubarb at the top of the pile – Smashing!

    Another jolly good write-up… adding Racine to my radar.

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  2. I want Racine. I want Racine now.

    Adding to my list, and wondering who I can convince to go with me. £17.50 ain’t half bad, I reckon.

    ps. I love rhubarb too (but then I love everything). I didn’t eat until I was in my 20s because I thought I didn’t like it. What a fool… I missed out on so many rhubarb crumbles, it makes we want to T-T

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  3. ‘Eloquence’ and ‘fervour’ in one plateful; this I have to try! :-)

    Have been a fan of Henry Harris since his time at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor, it sounds like he’s still working his magic in SW1. Lovely review!

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  4. Another belting posh lunch club post. You really ought to do one from a cruise liner soon. What was the sauce around the bone marrow dish – it looks like a raspberry coulis?!

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  5. Glad to hear Henry Harris is back at Racine. I’d heard he’d left and the quality of the food went downhill just as quick.
    The Posh Club Lunch looks amazing and a ridiculous price also. Excellent eating.

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