Frank Bruni, the New York Times’ renowned food critic visited Gordon Ramsay’s first New York restaurant, The London. Sadly, the rating came to a mere two stars out of a possible four. In his critique, Bruni wrote that he found the place “unexciting” and the food “predictable and lacking in inspiration”.
The rating was a surprise. Gordon Ramsay’s other establishments have had much better ratings. The fiery chef’s food is normally able to command better reviews. To be fair though, Bruni did note that some dishes did earn his “compliments to the chef”.
Bruni also noted that the decor was unimaginative, with the exit sign the most eyecatching object. He wrote that he felt he was “in a space capsule floating through a supra-national limbo” while eating in The London. Not exactly the most appealing of settings.
While a two star rating from the New York Times may mean very good but it falls far short of expectations for a restaurant of Ramsay’s. Looks like some adjustments in the kitchen will be happening to add more “excitement” as Bruni suggested.