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Simon Majumdar

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  1. Not on its way, down and out if my last meal is anything to go by S
  2. it is only open during the week. The dining room is a smoking area but they will place you well away from smokers if you ask. S
  3. I am there every 10 days or so I will be again this week It shows no sign of declining IMHO. The last meal I had there was excellent. Great veal chop with celeriac. S
  4. where ever he goes, I think we can guess the menu Foie Gras three ways Label Anglaise Chicken Cigarillo of chocolate Etc etc I just bought Harden's and didn't realise how many places had closed in the last year. I suspect next year may see even more S
  5. Try some of the Vietnamese places or malaysian places. Melati just off Berwick st used to have them, not sure now as I have not been in ages With so much French influence in that part of the world, Frog's legs are a staple in many of the cuisines Also, Fung Shing in chinatown has them on the menu in two ways, crispy fried and braised, both very good Of course, you could always buy them in china town and cook your self. Dead easy. Just soak in milk, dredge in flour and fry in nut oil S
  6. During the recent test match at Lords, I went to Harry Morgan's in St J's Wood for lunch. The mixed plate of tongue and salt beef was very good indeed. about £9 for a huge plateful worth trying S
  7. I am reliably informed by people "in the know" from both the UK and US that the Salt beef at Selfridges is the real deal I have a good old slab of it on saturdays when shopping in the food hall. Great, particularly if you get a bit with a good layer of fat on it The pickles are very good too S
  8. I really find it depends on what you are eating With grilled meats or dry curries, go for something with a bit of spice and pepperiness like a Ribero Del Duero or a Rioja. Also Some Shiraz and some South African pinotage work quite well With ligher curries and vegetarian dishes I like to have a reisling or a gewurtz which compliment excellently. S
  9. well I am pleased to say that on last night's experience, it still seems up to snuff I met Tony Finch, Macrosan, Robin and a couple of ex EG's ( a long story ) We started with some cobnuts for the table which came, thankfully with some industrial nut crackers. hard work but tasty For starters, Tony, Me and Martin went for Duck necks. Served with a dandelion salad. Delicious, greasy, crispy. I liked the salad with it a lot. Robin had potted pig's head ( brawn by any other name ) which came with some lovely cornichons, Ex EG No 1 had the Marrow bone which tasted great and Ex EG No2 had radishes ( I think ) For main courses, Robin had a rack of lamb which was the best tasting lamb i can ever remember tasting. Two of us had roasted Grouse, plump and pink served with the guts on toast and with a fabulous bread sauce which I ate far too much of. The grouse had been hung for about 9 days I suspect. our guest seemed to enjoy and attacked the bones with some good gnaw action. Martin and Tony went for mallard which was tasty but not a patch on the grouse. The last of our group had veal, which I also ate too much of. For puds, we ordered two eccles caked with Lancashire cheese for the table and then ate a selection of other desserts family style. Strawberry shortbread, Rasberry Ice cream ( superb ) Jelly and cream, Plum crumble. All were excellent Service was agreeable and they managed to restrain themselves from hitting Martin who has become ornery in his dotage. Bill with four bottles of red, four stickies, tea and coffee came to £60 a head inc service which is very good value for another very enjoyable evening S
  10. I am at St J's tonight I have been about 5 times this year. Each time has been good with some of the qualifications you raise. I have always found service to be friendly but sometimes a bit dippy. My most recent visit about three weeks ago was excellent but your comment about the Marrow bone is spot on I have had more enjoyable meals at St J Bread & Wine in the last few weeks and I wonder if they are turning their attention to that to the detriment of the mothership We shall see tonight S
  11. I have only been once this week No burnt ends S
  12. On the one hand dinner with Jay and Paul in Cardiff On the other hand sucking own brain out with a straw Hand me that straw! S
  13. Glad you enjoyed, but I have to ask, HOW did you shatter a peg on bread?? they usually serve Poilaine which, while a little toothsome, is rarely tooth shattering S
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