Jacques Reymond4/25/2014 04:38:00 PM
Late last year, we took our friend An for dinner at Jacques Reymond to celebrate his birthday. Jacques Reymond had been on our little group's "must-visit" list for years, but it was news of its imminent closure that spurred us into action. Chef Jacques Reymond left at the end of last year, and the restaurant has since re-opened as Woodland House, with Jacques' chefs Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland in charge - another new restaurant to add to the list! I feel a bit naughty writing up a restaurant that has already closed (i.e. one that you guys can't visit anymore), but the meal was too good not to tell you about!
Two of us had the regular menu degustation ($185 without wine, $280 with matching wines), and one of us did the vegetarian menu ($140).
I'd actually visited Jacques Reymond once before this occasion - back in 1999, when I was a (very lucky) high school student, and a family friend took us. The menu had changed quite a lot since then (no more à la carte options, and the dishes were much more experimental and eclectic than fifteen years ago), but I certainly remembered these fabulous cheese gougères from my first visit!
The bread was amazing. Throughout the evening, waiters kept coming around with baskets of house-baked bread - white, wholemeal, baby epi...
|Bread and butter|
|Bacon and cheese bread|
|Cafe Latte, Espresso|
Have you visited Jacques Reymond or Woodland House? What were your thoughts? Do you like degustations or fancy restaurants for celebrations, or do you prefer simpler meals?