Serves 4

Ingredients

Tartare    

2 large mackerel - cleaned, filleted, pinboned and skinned

1 lime

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp light soy sauce

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp finely chopped chives

Pinch of fleur de sel

 

Pickled black radish

1 black radish, scrubbed and finely sliced

50g water

50g white wine vinegar

50g white sugar

 

Cod roe puree

1 smoked cod roe

100g white bread soaked in milk

150-200ml extra virgin olive oil

Juice of quarter of a lemon

White pepper

 

Smoked eel beignets

1 fresh smoked eel

50g T55 flour

35g cornflour

Juice and zest of half a lime

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp iced water

Fleur de sel

 

Pickled cucumber

1 cucumber

 

To finish

2 Breakfast radish - thinly slice on a mandolin, set in iced water

20g English Exmoor caviar (5g per person)

Baby pak choi sprouts

Lemon infused oil

 

Method

Tartare

Once the mackerel has been skinned, place on a clingfilm lined tray and set in the blast freexer for a few minutes to set. With a sharp knife dice the mackerel into 5mm equal pieces, and when ready to serve dress with the lime zest, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil to taste, and season with fleur de sel, then fold through the chives.

 

Pickled black radish

After the radish has been scrubbed, slice very finely on the mandolin or meat slicer at 1mm thickness. Bring the water, white wine vinegar, and sugar to the heat to dissolve, and then leave to cool. Vacuum some of the pickling liquid with the radish slices for 2 hours.

 

Cod roe puree

Soak the cod roe in warm water to soften, peel off the thin skin and membrane, chop up the roe and add to the blender. Add the bread but keep back the milk, season with a little white pepper and blend to a smooth paste. Then slowly incorporate the olive oil, being careful to keep the emulsion (if it's getting too thick, then add a little warm milk) and contibue until you have a smooth unctuous puree. Check the seasoning, finish with the lemon juice, pass through a chinois and chill in the fridge.

 

Smoked eel beignets

Portion the eel into 3cm batons. Mix the egg yolks, flours, most of the lime zest and all the lime juice together, season with fleur de sel, and mix in the iced water to form a batter. Coat the eel in some flour then the batter, and fry on 180degrees, drain and add some lime zest and Fleur de sel.

 

Pickled cucumber

Peel the cucumber and cut into 4 pieces, vacuum on high and set in the fridge for half a day. When needed take out the vacuum and slice 24 long slices on the mandolin and 24 3cm batons. Place into the same pickling liquid as before for 5 minutes and drain. Roll the slices and set aside.

 

To finish

Pour two tablespoons of the smoke cod roe puree onto a large flat plate, then spread the puree around a rung. Add 3 discs of radish, then dress the tartare into 3 piles, top with another slice of radish, drop 3 eel beignets between the dics, then top each tartare with a small amount of caviar and sprinkle with pak choi sprouts. Finish the dish with a drizzle of lemon infused oil.

 

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