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  1. i love to eat on my own. the first time i did it i felt very awkward but by the end of it i was thinking 'why dont i do this more often?' ive been to small little vietnamese places, busy sushi places (although sushi is very easy to eat solo i find because of that comunal conveyor belt) 60 year old tradional french port restaurants and 2 michelin star places on my own. i find u see the restaurant for it is alot more when youre on your own than in a big party or distracted by a loved one. maybe its the fact that you have to find something to do whilst waiting for the next course or what have yo
  2. theyre not, or at least they were. the pastry chef i know who was there made them, i believe he has since left for the harvey nicks restaurant. i also had said desert when i visited for a couple of drinks (only had a few cocktails and a couple of deserts) and thought it was very good.
  3. i know its on android, not sure about the iphoney, but foursquare is pretty fun.
  4. Im not a vegan myself nor am i a vegi. however I am going on a sort of road trip down the west coast of America this time next year and the people im going with are vegans. Ive always wanted to taken them to a good fine dinning restaurant but have never got round to it. so im going out to see them in America. i know the French Laundry do a vegetarian menu but not sure if they do a vegan one and theres a couple of good places in Portland, Oregon that are vegan but i want something a bit more up there. they dont mind if the premises isnt fully vegan just a good vegan dish or so. maybe somewher
  5. ive had enough now of it. im not going on another restaurant website again. i was looking through a website just now, they specialises in silverware, plates, glasses, light fittings and corners of a table. oh wait no, no that wasnt what i was doing at all. i was on the Gauthier (soho, london) website. silly me. what a stupid mistake to make. but its not. what goes through a photographers minds when he thinks yeh, i know what people who go on restaurant websites want to see, they want to see pictures of empty plates and glasses, tables with no one on and the close up face of a chef chopping so
  6. i too dont quite get the basil ice cream thing but i worked in the same company as a guy who did it with confit tomatoes and crispy mozzarella. bloody obvious, over used combo but it didnt seem so bad, i just didnt like the way the mozzarella and ice cream went at war with each other and both seemed to loose out, would have probably been better if it was just the confit tomatoes warm.
  7. nickloman- the farm is called Red Top Farm and is run by The Robinson family. its in harvington near kidderminster on the A450 just before the dog pub, which i do not recommend on any occasion!!! £2 a bunch i thinks
  8. anyone been chowing down on the purple asparagus? lovely family run farm near me do loads of the stuff, nice raw in salads or very quick flashes on bbq or griddle. absolutely crap loads of asparagus round worcestershire, but still the supermarkets insist on serving the crap from else where. ah well, least every tom dick and harry arent robbing my asparagus!!!
  9. i do agree i wouldnt trek up from the midlands (where i generally reside) to go there but if im in town (which i was) i would go there. northern quarter is some what out of the way but easy enough to get to by car seeing as you dont have to faff around trying to find a place to park. nice to have places like that just round the corner from your office. i wonder if the menu will change alot?
  10. didnt see your message before i left, the wonderful internet connection didnt help either! i went for the bbq quail and then the spicy beef and pork noodle soup and 2 lemonades. £14 awesome stuff, had to wait for the quail to cool down before i could it eat it which wasnt the easy thing in the world as i was famished but it was absolutely lovely. 2 quail cut in half and bbq-ed for £6.50?? bargin. the soup was also huge full of noodles lots of cuts of beef and pork, bean sprouts, chillis, lettuce. so lovely and fresh. the chap recommended having some sriracha sauce in there as thats what he do
  11. im off there now after reading this, im in the coffee republic round the corner so its ideal. cant wait, never really experienced much Vietnamese food so looking forward to a bit of a feast.
  12. i will take notice of this appeal as soon as PETA take notice of the crap they put out which is utter shite and then when they are forced by law or court to say what utter rubbish they just said they just release the world smallest statement saying they were slightly wrong. i dont have to like or eat foie gras or veal etc, its just a step to make a small group of people feel theyve gained something somewhere along the line. who cares? who cares if eating or not eating meat is wrong or right? what will i change? id still eat what i eat even if it takes me to create it. funny thing is these prot
  13. a friends parents went about 2 weeks ago and also said it was poor, they had been banging on about it for ages and then when it came to the crunch they said they were servilely disappointed. they claimed poor service and bad food was their reason but didnt give too much detail on the food side of things. i dont think this will put me off going still but i do think this will put me off saying how much of an 'institute' this place has become. maybe theyre working too hard on the hotel or something?
  14. i notice the new website is finally up after like what, 2 years of saying its going to be changed? looks pretty nifty. those really are some great pictures Valerie, makes me want to go back sooner. shame theyre not doing the breakie anymore i really enjoyed that, probably my favourite part of the meal next to everything else. really wish i didnt look at your review. youre gunna put me down £150.
  15. a film comes out once, a restaurant is open every year. its a totally different world, u cant compare them. it may be slightly boring that that the top 2 are very predictable but at some point it will change, its just the same as the premiership or cricket pre the rest the world getting good.
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