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  1. L’Ambroisie is really my favourite gastronomic temple in Paris, for the time being, out of the four I’ve experienced so far. I intend to visit here again.

    February 2019

    The bar/bass dish is a classic so I had to try it, interesting contrast of the globe artichoke. The ris de veau, how can a chef prepare sweetbread to be delectable, and it was with its sweet sour sauce, as it also was for me in 2018 at Gordon Ramsay RHR. The vacherin was a recent creation, it was a good concoction but I did find it a bit heavy, probably a fruity base would have been better than the cake layer, as at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.




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  2. February 2018. Whilst my meal here was extremely enjoyable I did not find the experience as memorable as L'Ambroisie or L'Arpege. Consistances d'Oursins was my best dish.

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  3. February 2018. The cuisine here was so memorable and the venue and service so self-indulgent that henceforth each time I visit Paris I hope to eat here. My best dish was the Fricassee de Homard.

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  4. I wanted my 7 year old daughter to eat a snail so I told her it was chicken. I told her the truth the next day, so she knows she's eaten snail, but blindly.

    Similarly, in Italy back in 1994, friends served me some minced meat, then told me the next day that it had been horse, so I've eaten horse, but blindly.

  5. From what I've read, these crayfish were introduced into the UK from North America in the 1970's for farming but they escaped into the waterways as an invasive species. I think they were supposed to replace the native Euroipean crayfish which were depleted by the crayfish plague caused by a water mould. Are they caught and eaten? Are they on sale or on menus? If not, is it because they can themselves be a carrier of the crayfish plague? Maybe that's the answer.

  6. It's ridiculous that I've yet to visit the likes of Yautcha or Hakkasan yet though, for some reason I've always been happy enough lumping a fair sum on a tasting menu at one of the other high end restaurants in London but less so when it comes to cuisines i'm less familiar with but should prboably make an effort to get to know better!

    Yes indeed, we are happy to pay £35 - £85 for French / European food because that is the norm but for other cuisines, such as Chinese or Indian, we are used to lower prices so it is a mind shift to go to the pricier establishments. I found it a 'big' decision as well.

    But... For dim sum, you will find that each person can only eat 4-6 dim sum dishes, so that even reaching £35 at Yauatcha or Hakkasan would be a challenge.

  7. Oh and also next time someone mentions the old "Hakkasan was the first Chinese restaurant ever to get a Michelin star" line this is the website which tells you that actually no, Michelin were dishing out etoiles in Chinatown back in 1974 (Lee Ho Fook... I kid ye not!!!)

    Lee Ho Fook lasted a year so maybe Michelin decided they'd been too generous.

    For Chinese, there have also been Poons Covent Garden 1979-1980, Tiger Lee 1980-1986, Oriental Dorchester Hotel 1993-2000.

  8. Well, I have to say in July last year, there wasn't a thing I could fault. Though, I was dining alone, and in my experience, dining alone gets you a lot more 'special treatment' than you do if dining with others.

    That's not fair !!! I dined alone there in January last year and did not get any extras or freebies !!! Just luck of the draw I suppose...

  9. Surely for PGI status Cumberland sausages they should only be made in the historical county of Cumberland?

    The county of "Cumbria" created in 1974 covers a rather wider area than that including Cumberland, Westmorland and parts of what were Lancashire and Yorkshire.

    This is the published application :-


    It does appear that they went for the simpler definition of specifying modern-day Cumbria

    This is the announcement of the registration :-


  10. I haven't been to the Sea Grill for over a year now, si I can't judge whether it has changed so dramatically since the chef Mattagne started his own owed restaurant. But in the past years I have eaten there over 50 times and in my view the quality was constantly high.

    CCS has all the times disappointed me (3 or 4 times).

    Thanks for your opinion. Unfortunately Sea Grill was full. About CCS I have to agree with you, I was under-whelmed. I had the ham mousse, sole with reisling mousseline, and the lime souffle, all good but definitely not 2 *, nothing extraordinary.

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