The Fat Duck 2006Modernist
Posted 16 March 2006 - 03:50 PM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:07 PM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 11:18 PM
There were some small issues, but they were cleared up. And I don't believe it had anything to do with cleanliness.
I've heard from my brother (who lives in France) that the Fat Duck had some serious issues about hygiene. Is this some rumor spreading on the other side of the channel or is that true?
"111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321" Bruce Frigard 'Winesonoma' - RIP
Posted 09 June 2006 - 10:47 AM
mango and douglas fir purée, bavarois of lychee and mango, blackcurrant sorbet
the infamous snail porridge, somewhat out of focus
two diners sitting accross from me
on the left, a cedar "mint", or "film". Toast with truffles. On the right, jelly of quail topped with langoustine cream and a parfait of foie gras. Orgasmic. My favourite.
Pine sherbet fountain. this is something that mimics the fountains Heston had as a child, but which I've never had, since I am from Brazil. The vanilla pod is to be dipped in the sour powder and licked/sucked. Made many diners around me giggle. I brought mine back to my B&B and photographed it outside so it would show up clearly.
Posted 09 June 2006 - 09:53 PM
Nitro-Green Tea and Lime Mousse
This was prepared tableside and intended to clean your palate. It was theatrical, but in a good way.
Oyster, Passion Fruit Jelly, Horseradish Cream, Lavender
A pleasant oyster and I almost always enjoy passion fruit. The horseradish added an enjoyable kick.
Pommery Grain Mustard Ice Cream, Red Cabbage Gazpacho
A bit odd, but really quite good. The ice cream/sorbet dishes after this would all be disappointing. The cool, icy mustard in this dish really worked well, though.
Jelly of Quail, Langoustine Cream, Parfait of Foie Gras
Probably my favorite dish. Everything was soft, and the flavors came together.
Snail Porridge, Joselito Ham, Shaved Fennel
Tasty, but no depth or complexity. The porridge was nicely cooked with some texture left. Not a stand out.
Roast Foie Gras, Almond Fluid Gel, Cherry and Chamomile
A nice foie gras dish -- great combination of flavors. The little gelee cubes were a nice textural component.
Sardine on Toast Sorbet, Ballotine of Mackerel "Invertebrate", Marinated Daikon
This had an interesting dish with the taste of the sea in the background. At the end of the day, though, it just wasn't that good. Fishy sorbet doesn't work for me. The marinated daikon, however, did add a very pleasant component to the dish.
Salmon Poached with Liquorice, Asparagus, Pink Grapefruit, "Manni" Olive Oil
By far, the worst dish of the night. I admit that I don't like licorice, but the whole dish was unpleasant. The salmon had an almost mushy consistency and the licorice sort of crept up on you out of nowhere and ended up overwhelming the palate. The vanilla bean mayonnaise was simply oily tasting.
Poached Breast of Anjou Pigeon Pancetta, Pastilla of its Leg, Pistachio, Cocoa and Quatre Epices
A slightly more successful dish. The pigeon was well cooked and a relief after the last dish. I particularly liked the cocoa nibs. The pastilla was greasy and tasteless, though.
Mrs. Marshall's Margaret Cornet
Cute presentation, but forgettable in terms of taste. Basically, a small ice cream cone with little flavor.
Parsnip Cereal with Milk
I really liked this one. I'm not sure if the dehydrated parsnip flakes were sweetened, but they were quite tasty.
Pine Sherbet Fountain
Our picture didn't turn out so well. This is the vanilla bean dipped in a tangy powder -- similar to a "Fun Dip" from childhood. Good, but no culinary achievement.
Mango and Douglas Fir Puree, Bavarois of Lychee and Mango, Blackcurrant Sorbet
A very disappointing dessert. Boring and too subtle, except for the blackcurrant sorbet. The mango and lychee were barely noticeable and the douglas fir nonexistent.
Carrot and Orange Tuile, Beetroot Jelly
These were simple and tasty. Not much more than that.
Smoked Bacon and Egg Ice Cream, Pain Perdu and Tea Jelly
This, of course, is a play on breakfast for dessert. One of the least successful dishes. The bacon and egg ice cream was decidedly unpleasant, and the pain perdu and salted caramel didn't mitigate that. I pretty much ate all the caramel and left the rest. The tea jelly was wonderful, but half of our table didn't care for it.
Hot and Cold Tea
A very intriguing concept that worked well. If you look closely, there's a fine line cutting through the middle of the tea. As you drink the tea (which is slightly thickened), you get the sensation of cool and warm teas commingling in your mouth.
Violet Tarts and Chocolates
Chocolates were fine, the tarts were sweet, sticky and tasty.
Edited by mukki, 10 June 2006 - 04:57 PM.
Posted 10 June 2006 - 04:10 AM
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