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Gary Marshall

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  1. certainly not a bad strategy, either way you'll eat well there. gary
  2. http://www.cyclingnews.com is i find the best cycling news site, their live reports are more descriptive than the official letour ones. gary
  3. it's all interesting food. when we had alc last week the most popular dishes were the parmesan air risotto and the squab with pickled garlic as starters. For mains the duck with chocolate oil & salt cod with pork belly cannelloni . for desert the apple tatin was popular along with the fondant and coffee timbale. hope that helps, it's a short menu and it's all being constantly refined. cheers gary
  4. anything you want to tell us about a new career in web site design? gary
  5. never been to brick lane but can assure you tayyabs is worth the trip. the kebabs are the key, along with the lamb chops. the curries whilst very good are a sideline to the meats, everything is really well spiced and it is a great bargain. not licenced but happy for byo. good samaritan pub ok for a beer before. gary
  6. all the action's in the provinces. specifically hibiscus in ludlow and anthony's in leeds from my experience. cheers gary
  7. hmmm, plenty of sweeping generalisations there. you may be suprised, i certainly was, check out the anthony's thread. A 24 year old chef works at el bulli,then opens his first restaurant in the middle of leeds, (a big, ungastro provincial town if ever there was one) and what happens? booked solid six weeks in advance. who'd have thought there was the need for el bulli in leeds, not me, but the latent demand is there. Uk's favourite dish chicken tikka massala? so what? proves nothing. what do you think the national dish/favourite dish of france, italy, spain or wherever is? I would bet large sums it's not gastronomic but simple comfort food. people eat out for different reasons, the main reason is often not the food. Atmosphere, that huge intangible is often why people visit restaurants. Terrence Conran has built an empire on this basis. Money is obviously another consideration a 2 meals for £5 offer would see me walk past, that might be the clincher for a more value conscious punter who couldn't care less it was straight out of the freezer. You wouldn't choose gordon ramsay rhr for a raucous celebration but might happily go to you local 'mediocre' italian. mediocre restaurants exist simply because people still eat in them, and will continue to do so. Granted the UK is behind some of the more established gastronomic nations but there's plenty of medicore restaurants in every country worldwide so its nothing to do with palette and everything to do with a whole load of socio-economic factors that are so diverse it's hardly worth debating gary
  8. which provincial restaurants have you eaten in recently jon? gary they have RESTAURANTS outside of the stockbroker belt ??? my stockbroker's belt holds in many good restaurants gary
  9. depends. technically i think not if you don't have an 'off' as opposed to 'on' licence that most pubs/restos have. i got over adventurous in claridges bar one christmas and ended up with a bottle of champagne we couldn't finish (or start for that matter) after a few drinks there, for some reason we had already paid the tab. the manager was quite officious in telling us he'd have to open it, which made me all the keener to get it out of the place. I got as far as the taxi rank before he caught me. wouldn't give me my money back either, said they'd keep it for when i next went back, which funnily enough i haven't.
  10. Whilst Mrs Marshall squeezed in an extra half hour of getting ready, Scott, Sam and myself blew the froth off a few at the slightly adventurous hour of 6pm given I knew what was likely to follow! As usual I treated them to the full GM tour of leeds, living room, all bar one then restaurant du jour, or nuit which for tonight was Number 3 york place. We arrived sometime after 8pm and had the usual pol roger nv whilst deliberating over the menu. In the end Sarah went for Red Mullet & Saffron Soup with Gruyère Cheese, Rouille & Croûtons, Sam the Terrine of Foie Gras, Confit & Smoked Chicken, Apricot Chutney, toasted Brioche , Scott had Confit Rabbit Leg & Poached Loin, Carrot & Tarragon Salad, Sauterne Jelly and I had the Cannelloni of Duck & Wild Mushrooms, Caramelised Baby Onions, Broad Beans & Peas, Jus Roti . It must be said the duck was a whopping portion, a perfect cylinder cut on the diagonal at the ends, stuffed with shredded duck and mushrooms, scott remarked it looked main course sized, which I agreed, but still forgot to save him anything but the last morsel, even worse after he had diligently shared his poached rabbit beforehand! To drink was a personal favourite St aubin 1er cru ‘les frionnes’ Hubert lamy. Scott and I then proceeded to the fish section and had Roast Fillet of Sea Bass, Herb Risotto, Deep Fried Calamari, Smoked Bacon, Vermouth Cream, Sauce Lie-de-Vin . With a couple of glasses of Chablis (1er cru mont de tonnerre I think) that denis had recommended earlier that he thought would go well with the fish. It was a lovely dish full of comforting flavours from the risotto, the tube of deep fried calamari and the cream sauce. Oh and the sea bass wasn’t bad either! Mains were Roast Canon & Braised Leg of Lamb, Saffron Pomme Mousseline, Asparagus, Broad Beans & Tomato, Jus Roti for Sam. Braised Pig’s Trotter stuffed with Black Pudding, Veal Sweetbreads & Chicken, Buttered Spinach, Pomme Purée, Essence of Morels for scott, officially the richest dish known to man! sarah the Breast of Barbary Duck Roasted with Maple Syrup, Pistachio & Duck Ravioli, Sweet Potato Purée, Puy Lentils, Sweet & Sour Sauce. I had Breasts of Quail “En Papilotte” with Foie Gras, Smoked Bacon & Sage, Pomme Sarladaise, Jus of Thyme , My quail were two delicate parcels wrapped in savoy cabbage, the potato was a highlight, a galette of goose fat cooked potatoes on top of some great puree,mmm. With this lot we had an old bottle of chateau musar that denis had tracked down, a 1989. I’ve not enjoyed the most recent ‘97’s so this was good to try again, a real beast that needed some time to open and threw off a lot of sediment but a good wine and considering you can pay £47 in leeds for 97 musar the £45 charged here seemed fair! We shared a cheese plate, there is a full menu but I just asked them to make up a selection and we had a glass of '98 port each with those. Although we were quite full by this point It seemed foolish not to have an assiette of deserts for the table, the highlight for me the pear tatin, I do remember being talked out of having a tarte tatin to myself also, but after my rambling eulogy of how good the small portion on the tasting plate was denis did the decent thing and gave me the remainder of what was left from the kitchen! Denis brought some desert wine to accompany these too. I remember calva’s for scott and I (roger groult) a glenfiddich for sam and espresso’s but by then it was past 1am and we thought it time to leave the staff to enjoy their Friday night out, so we headed back to the hotel bar to ensure we’d need a hair of the dog tomorrow morning before our trip to anthony’s. Fully deserves a star in February, consistently good cooking, great wine list, great service and a frequently changing menu make this a must try destination. cheers gary Red Mullet & Saffron Soup with Gruyère Cheese, Rouille & Croûtons £ 4.95 Terrine of Foie Gras, Confit & Smoked Chicken, Apricot Chutney, toasted Brioche £ 9.95 Cannelloni of Duck & Wild Mushrooms, Caramelised Baby Onions, Broad Beans & Peas, Jus Roti £7.95 Risotto of English Lobster £11.95 Confit Rabbit Leg & Poached Loin, Carrot & Tarragon Salad, Sauterne Jelly £ 8.95 Roast Sea Scallops, Tiger Prawn Tortellini, Caramelised Salsify, Fennel Purée, Ginger Cream £ 13.95 Terrine of Provençale Vegetables, Goat’s Cheese Cream, Aged Balsamic Vinegar £6.95 ******** Roast Fillet of Sea Bass, Herb Risotto, Deep Fried Calamari, Smoked Bacon, Vermouth Cream, Sauce Lie-de-Vin £ 19.95 Confit Escalope of Salmon, Ratatouille, Spinach, Tomato Butter Sauce £ 13.95 Pan Fried Fillets of John Dory, Fricassée of Summer Vegetables, Pomme Fondant, Velouté of Rosemary £17.95 Fillet of Beef, Roast Vine Tomatoes, Red Onion Purée, Red Wine Sauce £18.95 Roast Canon & Braised Leg of Lamb, Saffron Pomme Mousseline, Asparagus, Broad Beans & Tomato, Jus Roti £16.95 Braised Pig’s Trotter stuffed with Black Pudding, Veal Sweetbreads & Chicken, Buttered Spinach, Pomme Purée, Essence of Morels £ 17.95 Breasts of Quail “En Papilotte” with Foie Gras, Smoked Bacon & Sage, Pomme Sarladaise, Jus of Thyme £13.95 Breast of Barbary Duck Roasted with Maple Syrup, Pistachio & Duck Ravioli, Sweet Potato Purée, Puy Lentils, Sweet & Sour Sauce £ 15.95 Side Order: Panaché de Légumes or Pomme Purée £ 3.95 ******** Hot Strawberry Soufflé with Strawberry Ice cream £ 6.95 Crème Brûlée scented with Star Anise, Roast Spiced Pineapple, Pineapple Sorbet £ 6.95 Tarte Tatin of Pears, Ginger Ice cream, Caramel sauce £6.95 Trio of Chocolate Dark Chocolate & Coffee Fondant, White Chocolate & Lavender Sorbet, Dark Chocolate & Orange Delice £ 6.95 Pyramid of Raspberry Sorbet & Nougat Glacé £ 6.95 Assiette of Desserts £ 12.95 Selection of English & French Farmhouse Cheeses £ 7.95
  11. which provincial restaurants have you eaten in recently jon? gary
  12. well i stayed until about 7pm, until mrs marshall made me come home as she wanted to go out for dinner with me- spoilsport giles coren did a great review in the saturday times, www.thetimes.co.uk. a great lunch was had by all, a full attack of the ALC with the 2 starters, mains, cheese & desert strategy working well. full report to follow.... gary
  13. AAAAaaaaah, this explains an enormous amount. yes it soon made my mind after just 6 months that 3 years of fun at university was a much better use of my time than day release to be a cost & management accountant gary
  14. As a long term corn flake eater I can assure you there is! Give me a blind tasting and I will get it right 100% I bet. Years of studentdom soon teach you the quality difference between own brand goods and the 'real thing' Many own brand products are actually the same product as the branded products; made in the same factory by the same company to the same specification. Only the packaging is different. example please.... many moons ago i was accountant for a large confectionery company. we had a main line chocolate bar that was sold as a branded product. and a line for Aldi, that looked exactly the same but i can assure you it used cheaper caramel, wafer and had less chocolate on it. in fact i think there was a third version too but can't remember that one. It just stuck in my mind when i was told how aggressive Aldi were on price and how we struggled to make a bar to the price specification. this was before aldi were in the uk, when they arrived here, i can't say i've ever been tempted to cross the threshold, even as a student! gary
  15. whilst proximity to london is undoubtedly a factor in the prices, i also think they can charge the rates due to my view of it being 'touristy' i reckon it is probably one of the most famous restaurants in the UK. anyone with a vague interest in food will know of le manoir whereas the lesser known 2 & 3 stars require at least a bit of digging in a michelin to uncover, and thus can't charge the prices, and don't have the show-off cachet. if on monday morning you say to your colleagues 'i've been to le manoir, raymond blanc's place', you get knowing looks. Say you've been to germain schwab's winteringham fields or michael caines gidleigh park and you'll undoubtedly get blank stares! from my own experience it was a place i wanted to go to a few years ago due to its reputation, and i'm not closed to the idea, but think there's plenty more higher up the list to try first. gary
  16. i know what you're saying but if i got my passport and oxygen and left yorkshire for oxfordshire for the day and spent hundreds excluding room, and it wasn't spot on i'd just be hell to be around. it just seems a bit inconsistent, i'm sure on a good day i'd love it but just can't take the risk, especially when as you say there's so many other places to try, or go to hibiscus twice for the same money gary
  17. Dinner on Saturday myself I'll just miss eating in the same restaurant as the hallowed Gary. However - may have the special honour of eating at his table. (I wonder if you can reserve it ) well my lunches have been known to go on, so we might still be there enjoy your dinner cheers gary
  18. glad i'm not the only one with a sense of deja vu here. gary
  19. le manoir is the sort of place that really should appeal to me it has history, classical french cooking, talented chef and a great setting. what has always put me off is the pricing which for me always seemed way out of kilter for 2 stars, and i'm not averse to spending the pennies if a decent meal is to be had! If i did spend the money, i'd expect it to be flawless but my impression from others visits has been of a place where it isn't, and more to the point there's a feeling that it doesn't matter as the reservations book is always full and they don't appear to rely on regular customers. The stress of small service flaws would drive me mad by the end of the meal (much like scott by the sound of it) and not being able to drink decent wine (and when i say decent i mean minor burgundies not coche dury) i hear they even charge for menus which just makes it sound like a foodie tourist destination/theme park. I know two people who went a lot though. one likes it because he can land his helicopter there and the other (now bust) liked it because it the McLaren f1 team were often there, and probably because it was expensive and he could brag about it, which he did. that about sums it up for me, it's not for foodies, it's for the rich. (actually much like le gavroche, which i thought i'd love - but hated pretty much for the same rationale, too much for what it was.) i'd much rather go to winteringham fields. gary
  20. it's taken you longer than most and don't say you weren't shown the offer of the trip! gary
  21. what a great idea Saw denis from no3 on the way home last night he enjoyed his lunch, he's been a few times now, as have olga and tony to number 3, nice to see some camaraderie amongst the restaurants, for example pool court bought some new kit and wanted help with it, so they spent a day in the kitchen at Anthony's getting assisitance, don't think you'd get that in london! time to feel sorry for gary again dinner at no3 this friday night and lunch at anthony's on saturday can't wait
  22. looking at the route planner yesterday it claims to be not that far in miles from leeds but all back roads so a 3 hour trip according to viamichelin. luckily i seem to be able to drive a bit quicker than they suggest you can looks like it has something in common with ludlow, pain in the arse to get there! gary
  23. no she's been once this year, don't want her getting fat like me (nothing to do with not having to pay for her too!) gary
  24. very dinky thought michelin were against establishments advertising their status though? i've seen a few do it but michelin don't issue plaque, plates, stickers or certificates to alert the unaware of the rating. personally i think it's good that they have made a big deal out of it. it is a great achievement for such a young restaurant. bapi, make that table for 3 will you gary
  25. i know i've got a no3/anthony's double header next weekend but nothing else booked after that. a boy's got to have something to look forward to right?! and i'm very weak willed gary
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