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There are options to finish with the world’s oldest cognac — dating from 1770 and £4,000 a shot — and a £2,000 Cohiba Behike cigar assembled by Fidel Castro‘s personal roller, Norma Fernandez.
The Lanesborough hotel in Mayfair is launching a tasting menu for the festive season which with extras could set you back more than £7,000.
The nine-course feast was devised by its three-Michelin-starred chef, Heinz Beck. It costs £1,125 per head (including tip) and is accompanied by specially selected Krug champagne.
Diners, in groups of four or eight, are given champagne for each dish from 1995, 1998, 1990 and 1985 vintages, ordered for each party direct from the house of Krug.
The Evening Standard sampled the menu. First was wild red sea bream carpaccio with exotic fruit vinaigrette, then scallop carpaccio with pea and artichoke. Dishes kept coming — halibut with “Spellos” beans and herbs; foie gras, cereal and wild mushroom consommé, presented by restaurant manager Pasquale Cosmai.
The showstopper was chef Beck’s signature: fagottelli, parmesan and caviar — a favourite of Michelle Obama when she tried it at Beck’s Rome restaurant, La Pergola, during the G8 summit. The little pasta parcels are filled with a creamy carbonara mousse.