The Handbook has teamed up with L’Ortolan, Reading’s only Michelin star restaurant to offer one lucky winner a meal for two, from their Gourmond Menu plus a glass of wine each.
Celebrating its fifth decade of service and over 15 years of retaining a Michelin star, L’Ortolan continues to be a beacon of Berkshire’s fine dining restaurant scene offering a unique, luxury, timeless quality in its style and setting and impeccable attention to detail in its dishes and service. Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Ortolan has enjoyed a prestigious lineage of decorated, award-winning chefs since opening in the late Seventies. From respective two Michelin star holders Nico Ladenis and John Burton Race in the late Eighties to Alan Murchinson’s 14-year tenure, current Head Chef Tom Clarke continues with the same torch and a passion for flavour, French classical technique and a dedication to the ingredients from the Great British larder, having held the role of Head Chef since 2015.
Amongst the restaurant’s signature dishes are Goose (goose liver parfait, coconut and mango), Salmon (confit with beetroot and horseradish), Halibut (poached with orange and nasturtium), Toffee Apple (apple, pecan, caramelised white chocolate) and Banana (served with peanut and honeycomb). Vegetarian diners are well catered to on the À la Carte, seven-course Gourmand menu and ten-course Discovery menu, with an emphasis on seasonality and technique in creating plant-focused and meat-free dishes.
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