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In Conversation with: Jules Pearson

Jules Pearson


Co-founder @londontheinside and Global VP of F&B Development, Ennismore

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We started in San Francisco for a couple of nights before heading north up to the beautiful wine country of Napa and Sonoma. We then drove south along the coast, stopping at Carmel by the Sea, Cayucos, Santa Barbara (sadly we had to reroute from our Big Sur stop as Highway 1 crumbled into the sea) and then on to LA via a little detour to Joshua Tree.

Top 5
Here’s Jules’ top five things she ate on her trip:

What: Oysters and pearls
Where: The French Laundry, Yountville
Why you loved it: One of Thomas Keller’s signature dishes, the poached oyster is served in a butter sauce, with a mound of caviar and tapioca ‘pearls’ which means the taste of every mouthful is prolonged due to their texture. Insane dish.

Rhubarb galette with vanilla ice cream
Where: Chez Panisse, Berkeley
Why you loved it: A super simple dish, sweet and tart rhubarb on a perfect pastry base. A brilliant end to an incredible meal, where the ingredients really do the talking.

Roast chicken and bread salad
Where: Zuni Cafe, San Fran
Why you loved it: This dish might just be one of the greatest dishes in the world. The beautifully roasted chicken sits on a bed of crispy bread and greens soaked in a vinaigrette. Top tip: it tastes even better in bed at 7am the day after. Blame the jet lag!

Stracciatella + early spring things
Where: Chez Nori, Carmel
Why you loved it: If someone asked me what spring tasted like, I’d give them this dish. Super fresh crunchy vegetables on top of creamy cheese layered with mint, lemon and pistachio.

Malali rigatoni
Where: Pijja Palace, LA
Why you loved it: This sports bar serves up a mashup of Italian-Indian food and no dish showcases the marriage of the flavours like this creamy, spicy pasta. Someone needs to bring this to London.

Originally published on
3rd June 2024


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