Winter is typically the most gastronomically indulgent season of the year; the cold weather and Christmas festivities give us an excuse to binge on cheesey dishes, chocolate desserts and pretty much anything involving fat and carbs.
The Michelin-starred Club Gascon in Clerkenwell have taken it to another level though, blending two high-end luxury products with the creation of a Champagne Foie Gras dish, which features on their Le Marche de Noel
winter tasting menu.
The brainchild of Chef-Patron Pascal Aussignanc, it was inspired by renowned champagne house Perrier-Jouet's Belle Epoque Champagne, their iconic anemone-imprinted bottles, and the elegance and insouciance of Belle-Epoque Paris.
Not content with just slapping a slice of foie gras on a plate and serving it up though, Club Gascon have recreated Emile Galle's original 1902 anemone design on a pink and white plate, using powdered parsnip, green peas and ginger for the stem and petals.
The foie gras terrine sits in the middle, topped with pomegranate and ginger froth, edible silver leaf and sugared pearls, and the whole shebang is accompanied by a glass of Perrier-Jouet's prestige cuvee Belle Epoque Champagne.
Makes your ‘decadent' canapé binge look a bit lame now doesn't it?
Le Marche de Noel menu at Club Gascon costs £80 for six courses.
Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS@Club_Gasconwww.clubgascon.com