Leonardo Pereira at Carousel in London. 19th May 2016

Snails and millet
Snails and millet

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Kale and calf's brain
Kale and calf’s brain
Fennel, kefir and olives
Fennel, kefir and olives
Asparagus and fig leaves
Asparagus and fig leaves
Eel, tomato, black garlic
Red cabbage, viili, rosemary
Red cabbage, viili, rosemary
Loquat, bee wax, pollen
Loquat, bee wax, pollen
Passion fruit, turmeric
Passion fruit, turmeric

After the two sold out dinners at Lyle’s has Leonardo Pereira, one of the most exciting young European chefs, returned to London for two weeks cooking at Carousel in Marylebone. The Portuguese chef who has worked with some of the world’s best chefs (between them Rene Redzepi of Noma) is in October opening his restaurant in Lisbon, but this month we were the lucky ones to be pampered with his delicious cooking. Leonardo loves vegetables – he loves their versatility and that was beautifully visible also in his cooking at Carousel which was mainly vegetarian. Only a chef of such great sensibility and mastery is able to create such intense and complex flavours, fantastic textures and beautiful presentations and I can easily say that it was one of the best meals I enjoyed in the last months. Keep an eye on Leonardo and don’t miss his next dinner wherever it may be.

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