Lobster thermidor is a staple of classic French haute cuisine. Supposedly created in 1894 at Marie’s in Paris to celebrate the opening of Victorien Sardou’s play Thermidor, it was particularly popular in French retaurants in New York during the 1980s. Since then, it has largely fallen off most menus, as its heavy ingredients (brandy, lobster, cheese, roux) meant that it was very much out of line with the lighter principals of nouveau cuisine and the modern French cuisine that is more in fashion nowadays.
However, what goes out must inevitably come back in, and if you’re throwing an extravagant dinner party this year, we think that serving each guest their own retro lobster thermidor, browned and sitting in its own shell, may just make you the talk of the town.
We visit JW’s California at JW Marriott in Admiralty where chef Jordi Villegas reigns supreme over all sorts of seafood dishes, from lobster thermidor to bouillabaisse. In the video above, chef Villegas gives us his tips on making the perfect lobster thermidor, from choosing the right sized lobster to finishing touches on plating.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
2pieces Boston lobster
40g mixed mushrooms (shitake and white mushroom)
10g sliced shallot
1g chopped garlic
1g Dijon mustard
0.2g chopped fresh tarragon
20g Béchamel sauce
10g lobster reduction
1each carrot, celery, leek and whole onion
To taste: salt, white pepper and nutmeg
Bechamel Sauce Preparation Method:
1. Melt butter in a large pot, add in the flour and cook for 3 minutes.
2. Then add in boiled milk and cook until it thickens.