Gordon Ramsay at the London, Hollywood

Food is a wonderful way to travel. From delectable lemongrass chicken bánh mí out of a food truck to homey braised short rib ravioli from a TV chef’s restaurant, just a quick sampling of Los Angeles’ diverse food scene makes apparent the range of food experiences to be had. Earlier in the summer, Stephen and I drove to a posh hotel called the London on a balmy evening to try Gordon Ramsay’s tasting menu in the name of 1,000 dining points on OpenTable.

My last meal from Gordon Ramsay’s repertoire was when I was in London. Though food at the London was perhaps not quite as flawless as the food I had in London, we both an enjoyable time and would definitely return to enjoy some of the more extraordinary plates we tried.

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Gordon Ramsay at Claridges: A Gourmet Experience for £30

On every trip, I think it’s perfectly alright to splurge on something special. For our trip to London, my mom and I splurged on lunch at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and tickets to the multi-Laurence Olivier award-winning West End production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.  Now, for some people, Legally Blonde: The Musical may not be the best choice of all the shows along the Strand, but having seen it, I can tell you that it was just perfect. While smiling from the first song to the last, itching to dance on stage with every upbeat number, and laughing at all the classic lines re-imagined from the film, we completely didn’t realize that a good two hours had elapsed.

Similarly, Ramsay’s intimate little restaurant inside a luxury hotel may not be the Mamma Mia of his restaurant empire, but we were treated to a relaxing, tasteful, and altogether delightful lunch. At first I was worried that three courses would not be enough for each person, seeing that we had American appetites and were already unused to the smaller “large” coffees, for example, but I didn’t need to worry. It was all just right.

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