We just returned from our trip to Paris and London. I posted my review of L'Ambroisie in another thread, but I've not yet commented on L'Arpege, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, or Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
L'Arpege: I loved it, everyone with me hated it. I'm not the biggest fan of vegetables in general, but what Passard was able to do to them was really impressive. I think my favorites were the famed egg or the white asparagus which tasted like it had been grown in a field irrigated with butter. Of the meat courses I preferred the sweetbreads to the sole and pigeon, but that may just be because I stained my suit with the hibiscus sauce from the pigeon which required an emergency dry cleaning trip. The service was very professional, friendly, and (importantly) English friendly. The wine recommendations were spot on. Unfortunately everybody else had such a miserable time that it kind of distracted me from enjoying it as much as I otherwise would. I'll return by myself the next time I'm in Paris.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal: I enjoyed it and everyone else loved it. I had the "meat fruit," the foie gras and chicken liver parfait with mandarin orange that actually looks like a mandarin orange. It was big. Although my wife had almost half of it, it was just too much by the time I was finished. The wasn't anything wrong with the pork chop that I had as a main course, it just wasn't particularly remarkable. For dessert I had the strawberry tarte which was amazing. The strawberries available in Europe are so much better than the ones we have here that I don't think I'll ever order anything with strawberries again in the US. Although I really enjoyed the strawberry tarte, my wife won the dessert selection of the trip award with the Tipsy Cake: a cake soaked in several liquers with roasted pineapple. At the end we had ice cream from the ice cream trolley with a choice of several toppings. The best was the apple pop rocks. For wine I had two glasses of NV Krug and then shared a half bottle of red Burgundy with my mom. Service was good, attentive but not at all in your face.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay: I really underestimated this one. They don't require that all the diners at a table have the same menu, so I had one of the tasting menus while my wife ordered a la carte. They were very accomodating with substituting courses I was interested in from the a la carte menu (seared vs. pressed foie gras and turbot vs. halibut). The sauteed foie gras with a sweetbread and almond foam/sauce was probably the best sauteed foie I've ever had (hard to top TK's cold foie presentations). The turbot with peas and iberico ham was very enjoyable, perfectly prepared, although I'm not sure the iberico ham really added a lot to the dish. This pigeon with grilled polenta I thought was more enjoyable (and less messy) than the one from L'Arpege because it was cooked just a little less and wasn't overpowered by a sauce. Prune creme brulee was nice but I was really enthralled by the granny smith apple juice with which it was served. It was like I'd forgotten what apples were supposed to taste like and this juice was apples turned to 11. For my second dessert course the Mrs. and I shared the apple tarte tatin with tahitian vanilla ice cream. This was my second favorite dessert of the trip, behind my wife's tipsy cake at Dinner. I thought the creaminess of the tahitian vanilla ice cream (my favorite vanilla) when very nicely with the crisp flakiness of the apple tart. For wine I started with a glass of champagne (Ayala maybe), followed that with a half bottle of very lightly oaked white Burgundy recommended by the sommelier and then a glass of red Burgundy that I wasn't planning on, but couldn't resist after recommendation by the sommelier. The wine highlight, however, was a glass of 96 Chateau d'Yquem. I've always struggled to try to understand how anyone could justify paying those prices for a wine to have with dessert. I realize now that this is based on my experience with dessert wines which are almost sickeningly sweet and raisiny and really bear no resemblance to the Yquem. The service was very formal and attentive, but friendly at the same time. Several of the waiters talked to us about visiting the US and spent some time talking about our time in Europe.