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chefmatt

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  1. As far as I remember Le Gavroche has a minimum spend, I assume this applies to a diner eating nothing. I would definitely ring the restaurant, it is inconsiderate not to when you know that your partner won't be eating. A diner not eating is not really any different to a no-show, a booking for a single diner is very different from a booking for two when one person isn't eating. Lastly I wouldn't enjoy a dinner either if my partner wasn't eating.
  2. Medlar is the new restaurant from ex Square/Chez Bruce/Ledbury manager David O'Connor and ex Chez Bruce chef Joe Mercer Nairn. I am surprised it hasn't popped up on here already as it has been open a few weeks now and I have heard nothing but good things so far.
  3. I am off to stay near Ipswich for a couple of days this week with the Mrs, just wanted somewhere nice to eat, restaurants or nice pubs if anyone can help.
  4. Sounds like they were trying to make the service of the cheese less formal and introduce a little humour. I would have thought that for every customer they offend with their "patronising" comments there are 99 others who appreciate the lack of formality traditionally associated to cheese service in 2 and 3* restaurants. Don't bet that anyone has eaten in more top end restaurants than these guys, I know for a fact that a lot of restaurant staff in london spend their lives and a very large proportion of their wages eating in top end restaurants, to say that you have probably eaten in more, now that is patronising!
  5. Wsa going to start with Roux brothers French Country Cooking but should stay British, there are plenty of good ones. Richard Corrigan, both. Henry Harris Fifth Floor Nose to tail English Puddings, Mary Norwak Shaun Hill, Merchant House Le Gavroche (British?) If we do allow Roux then Desserts or Patisserie Of course Roast Chicken, I am fond of the second one, he begins to rant a bit which I love. Rowley Leigh, No Place Like home Alistair Little, Soho Cooking Leith's Cookery Bible if you need to find any trad english recipe quickly. My dad used to cook lovely recipes from Josceline Dimbleby, in particular some chicken, cashew and ginger number baked in a pumpkin and a lemon bombe wiVh loads of grated chocolate hiding in the middle. Lots more but these spring to mind right now
  6. when did you go? surely the grouse season finished long ago.
  7. mmm my mouth is watering looking at those pictures. i would have thought the intention was to pour the vodka over the sorbet, a delicious experience in my opinion.
  8. Chilled “Kiwi” Gazpacho - Chicken Breast wrapped in parma ham with a salad of kiwi fruit. - Kiwi crème brulee that made me laugh chicken wrapped and with various stuffings certainly seemed to become popular in the eighties. from what little experience i have of dining in the eighties i certainly remember my father cooking from josceline dimbleby such exotic recipes as a whole pumpkin filled with some sort of gingery, cashewy chickeny mix, it was delicious! a bombe with grated chocolate in the centre and lots of pavlovas. i made crepes suzette the other day and it was awesome. more sweet sauces should be mounted with butter and loaded with alcohol! the rise of m & s party food?
  9. Chilled “Kiwi” Gazpacho - Chicken Breast wrapped in parma ham with a salad of kiwi fruit. - Kiwi crème brulee that made me laugh chicken wrapped and with various stuffings certainly seemed to become popular in the eighties. from what little experience i have of dining in the eighties i certainly remember my father cooking from josceline dimbleby such exotic recipes as a whole pumpkin filled with some sort of gingery, cashewy chickeny mix, it was delicious! a bombe with grated chocolate in the centre and lots of pavlovas. i made crepes suzette the other day and it was awesome. more sweet sauces should be mounted with butter and loaded with alcohol! the rise of m & s party food?
  10. Chilled “Kiwi” Gazpacho - Chicken Breast wrapped in parma ham with a salad of kiwi fruit. - Kiwi crème brulee that made me laugh chicken wrapped and with various stuffings certainly seemed to become popular in the eighties. from what little experience i have of dining in the eighties i certainly remember my father cooking from josceline dimbleby such exotic recipes as a whole pumpkin filled with some sort of gingery, cashewy chickeny mix, it was delicious! a bombe with grated chocolate in the centre and lots of pavlovas. i made crepes suzette the other day and it was awesome. more sweet sauces should be mounted with butter and loaded with alcohol! the rise of m & s party food?
  11. as regards to critics, just take that facts and try to find a guide or person who tends to like the same restaurants as you. just be aware that critics need to be entertaining in what they write, hence the need for the critics in the larger publications writing less about food. it has to be accessible to non foodies who have other reasons for choosing a restaurant. also they dine out all the time and can get very tired of eating in a certain kind of establishment. if they have eaten in a string of michelin style places they are going to think the next trip to the anchor and hope is just the ticket. i know i have come back from trips to paris jam packed with 2 and 3 star places and the most welcome meal is the lamb chops and jacket potato i eat when i get home, if i had to write about it i would be telling everyone to get round to mine!
  12. Apologies for the bad wording. I remember reading it on the tube about a month ago. Maybe it was the London Paper/Lite, which would explain the expression being used (as opposed to your far better written online review). I know plenty of people who think Pizza Express is a fantastic place to dine. They are great people, they just don't care about food. To them Arbutus would be elBulli. ← I think what you say here is that people who think pizza express is a fantastic place to dine (me) are great people (thanks), they just don't care about food, hence I don't care about food according to your statement, you do not leave room for exceptions. Then it follows that when "them" (me) goes to Arbutus I obviously think it is El Bulli ! and you are moaning about my logic!
  13. and that when i go to Arbutus I think i am in El Bulli, shit, i will have to stop going!
  14. I think Pizza Express is a great plce to dine, does thyat mean i don't care about food?
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