recipe has been published with the kind permission
of Michel Roux Jnr of Le Gavroche. Le
Gavroche is one of the UK's finest restaurants.
Its opening in 1967 by brothers Albert and Michel
Roux marked the revolution of restaurants in London.
Since then, Le Gavroche has continued to
set the standards of cooking and service by which
other places are judged - it was the first UK
restaurant to be awarded one, two then three Michelin
the reputation of Le Gavroche continues
to ride high in the eyes of critics and customers
and now firmly rests on the food prepared by Michel
Roux Jnr who took over the day to day running
of the kitchen from his father, Albert, in 1991.
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smoked eel (1.2kg)
2 - 3 carrots
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 sprigs of fresh coriander
3 tablespoons double cream
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
the carrots and cut into very fine julienne,
season with salt and pepper, stir in the sugar,
cover with cling film and refrigerate for 12
the eel has not been skinned or filleted this
is not such a daunting task as it may seem -
certainly not as difficult as skinning live
eels. Simply score the skin near the head and
pull the skin towards the tail; it comes off
as easily as peeling a banana! To fillet, use
a thin bladed knife and follow the backbone
all the way down to the tail.
the eel into neat diamond shapes (2cm wide)
and set aside.
the carrots out of the refrigerator; they will
have given off a golden coloured liquid. Drain
the carrots, reserving the liquid. Press the
carrots into a ring (6cm diameter x 4cm deep),
then remove the ring and arrange the eel diamonds
a spoonful of horseradish cream.
the coriander leaves with the oil with a hand
blender or mortar and pestle. Drizzle the coriander
oil and the carrot juices on the plates to give
a bright vibrant summer salad.
the cream until stiff.
in the horseradish relish and spring onion and
chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
are two books written by Michel Roux Jnr which
are currently available: