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  1. I adore crab linguine as a quick evening dish, but of course buying, cooking and picking a couple of live crabs turns it into much more of an exercise. So I must admit to picking up fresh, pasteurised crab in the "Seafood and Eat it" range (available at Watrose). The best thing about this range is you can buy either all white crab, all brown crab or half and half. I find one pack of white and one pack of half-half is perfect for crab linguine for 2. It's obviously not as good as spankingly fresh crab but it's more than acceptable.
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    Burger and Lobster

    Went on Monday. Pitched up at 18:45 and was told 60-90 minutes wait. Gave our phone number and went round the corner for a drink. Was in at 8pm but still a bit of waiting, but excellent cocktails kept the spirits high. Ordered one lobster and one lobster roll. Both were excellent. Lobster roll had fantastic brioche bun which was more like a folded slice of toast, with very very good butter flavour. Lobster was well cooked, nice mayo and just the right amount of chives. Chips were good. Salad was unremarkable. Really buzzy atmosphere for a Monday, and really nice staff. I'd go again but I wouldn't want to wait that long if I was really hungry. Pitch up early I reckon. Here's a pic: can't be arsed to figure out how to upload it on the new eGullet system https://twitter.com/#!/smokeandumami/status/202347463804329985/photo/1
  3. Is "New Saffron" on Colemore Road any good - I am assuming it is related to the Oldbury place of the same name? I only went there once and wasn't blown away, although I didn't hate it - certainly didn't think it was in the same league as Lasan. I don't think there is a "best" balti in Birmingham ... many seem to hit the exact same standards of "quite good but not special". Although I did take a visitor to Al-Frash recently and he was blown away with the size of the large naan.
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    Dabbous

    Looks intriguing David, very clean and fresh appearance to those dishes. But did you have to stop off for a pasty on the way home?
  5. David, this place looks brilliant! If I'm ever in the area this looks like a must visit ... (unlikely, I suppose). I really like the presentation of the food. Simple rather than minimalist - and very appetising looking.
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    Yashin Sushi

    David doesn't care about stuff like that - he drive >100 miles for dinner at Jyoti's on my recommendation once and didn't mind
  7. Do perservere, it's worth it. If you go for dinner, try and go early as they tend to sell out of a lot of popular items and service can slow down when they get busy. Friday better than Saturday as well for freshness of produce. Don't forget to order the soft shell crab
  8. No need to go all the way to London ... pop into Ebi Sushi in Derby! This place mainly caters for the management of the Toyota factory. It's very traditional and completely excellent.
  9. I've been to both and can say that in terms of enjoyment, Walnut Tree would get my vote every time. It's not fine dining there, it's good dining.
  10. No-one has mentioned the execrable John Lanchester yet .. Oops, I just did!
  11. I say this because in my experience I find it quite hard to really enjoy a meal if my other half is not eating properly for whatever reason (perhaps illness, or perhaps just general annoyance at being dragged along to yet another tasting menu).
  12. Tell them, I'm sure they will understand. Then rebook for a mutually convenient date which you can all enjoy!
  13. It's that ridiculous old canard that you have to be able to run a restaurant/be a chef to have an opinion about whether you enjoyed a restaurant.
  14. Cor, that was patronising! We were at Alimentum the other week too. We had a really enjoyable night, and special thanks to Kyle for letting us try a free glass of the Northamptonshire white wine. And not being upset that we didn't like it and recommending a cracking Domaine de L’Arlot instead I particularly enjoyed my wood pigeon starter which came with a superb liver pate. And the plate of English cheeses were perfect. Our fish mains (halibut and stone bass) were nicely cooked too. I have to say though I would have preferred not to have the live music, ideally (it was a Friday night) I'd definitely recommend to others if ever in Cambridge (unfortunately not much of a food town).
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    Hedone

    Interesting Matthew. We had high expectations because of this level of sourcing. Which made certain decisions quite baffling when we tried it - for example the frisee lettuce served with the mackerel (see Prawncrackers' photos) could have been sourced at our local Tesco. And the fennel was tough as old boots. And how hard is it to cut a piece of salmon with a sharp knife? Sorry this sounds like I'm carping, we enjoyed our meal and plenty of the ingredients were absolutely great. But I don't think the case for Hedone as "best restaurant in London" is at all clear-cut.
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