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  1. [but even with a star it will still be easier to score a table at No.6 than many of the Stein outlets....the power of TV![ That's certainly true about the power of TV. Just for fun, I ordered some mincemeat pies from Rick Stein's website as they seemed a bit more fruity and were not at all expensive. The package came with a pile of advertising for the Stein monopoly in Padstow.. B&Bs, restaurants, pubs... it went on and on and was all very slick. It boggles the mind at times.
  2. Our dinner at Number 6 in September was definitely our favourite meal during a short stay in Padstow. I found the dishes very clever and delicious, plus the staff were attentive and extremely friendly without going overboard and 'hovering.' Unfortunately, Nathan Outlaw's place was closed on the only night we could dine there. We'll definitely get there next time.
  3. Have you also tried the Needoo Grill... any comparison with Tayyab? I know some people who prefer the former but have never been to either. Thanks.
  4. Thanks for mentioning this place. I'll be in Copenhagen again next year, and it sounds like a very worthy place to try. What part of town was it in.. not that it really matters. Where else did you eat in Copenhagen?
  5. The Ledbury and Launceston Place are well thought of... also Pied A Terre.
  6. Healthy is a good word to use for anyone's puttanesca. :-) Thanks for reminding me it's been awhile since I've made this dish. I'll have to search out my recipe.. probably has a bit of crushed red pepper flakes in it.
  7. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/heston-blumenthal-for-my-next-trick-a-toast-sandwich-2128032.html I love his modesty. London is turning into a brasserie heaven, which is fine with me.
  8. Roux appears on Celebrity Masterchef but at the same time, does not spread himself so thin or in such a clownish way as Ramsay. Ramsay's formulaic and ridiculous programmes have certainly lowered his standing as a chef or purveyor of fine food. Ego often gets in the way of success.
  9. What a lot of people here do not know is that these bloggers tried to make a big splash on another website dedicated to food. They posted at least 5 reviews of London restaurants and all ended with an advertisement for their blog. Fair enough, and you can accuse me of being cynical and skeptical about their true motives now making this fuss about Marcus Wareing and his behaviour. I think they are publicity seekers of the worst type. I think by drawing out this thread, we are probably feeding their egos even more.
  10. I think one has to search high and low for good Mexican food in London. And Tex-Mex food is not what I'd consider 'real' Mexican food, which is quite different and more sophisticated. The best Tex-Mex I've had is at a street stall near Waterloo Station. The fellow makes terrific food.
  11. The newly renovated Savoy has the American Bar, complete with jazz music. How quiet it is I cannot say not having been. I think their specialty is American cocktails, so maybe you have had enough of them lately!
  12. Those little unnamed goodies look like the sesame desserts found in Chinese bakeries or dim sum restaurants, but somehow I doubt that's what they were. Was Shaun Hill chef at Gidleigh when the Hendersons owned it? I knew them ever so slightly and never got to stay there while living in the U.S. Of course now that I live in the UK, they are no longer on the scene there.
  13. I find it a bit sad that this poster has had to post this story on not one, but two food-related websites. It was bad enough reading it the first time. I'm totally amazed that a chef as busy as Wareing had 30 minutes to spare to abuse this woman verbally via the telephone, regardless of her having eaten at his restaurant more than 10 times in one year.
  14. London-eating.co.uk says that the head chef is Craig Johnson. Of course that would not exclude others from being in the kitchen... especially in the early days.
  15. Aha... I thought that must be the parking scheme. I'm glad it turned out to be a great event. If you want to email me where you cook in Cornwall, I promise we'll come eat there on our next visit. It's zuriga@hotmail.com
  16. I can recommend La Ferrandise which is in the 6th, just across from the Luxemburg Gardens on rue Vaugirard. I had a lovely 3 course meal there with a friend a year ago. Like L'épi Dupin, also in the 6th, the meal cost about €35 or something close to that. I've seen lots of solo diners at the latter.. good hearty, bistro food.
  17. I was sorry to miss the festival by just a week or so. It's a lovely spot, and we were fortunate to sample Paul Ainsworth's cooking when centered in Padstow. Maybe we tried yours, too! My question is where are all the visitors supposed to park. There is a large carpark in Boscastle, but by 10 a.m. it is usually full up - and that's AFTER the summer season. I wish you well... rudallrose
  18. Gordon Ramsay (or shall I say his staff?) chose Casamia in Bristol as one of the top two Italian restaurants in the UK.. for his latest programme searching for the best restaurant, period. Casamia won out over a London restaurant. I don't particularly put any credence into what Ramsay ever says or does but the food looked inventive and interesting.
  19. Many people recommend the lunch at Launceston Place as being very good value and delicious food. I think the set price is something like £25 at lunchtime, with much higher costs at dinner. I haven't been there yet personally but will try it soon.
  20. Thanks, I hadn't seen that review. She took very good photos, something I rarely seem to remember to do until I am in the car going home! I'm just lucky that we live south of London and have access to many wonderful eating experiences. I'd like to go back during the winter and try their menu again at that time of year. I'm beginning not to miss NYC all that much. :-)
  21. The Curlew is a bit out of the way, but it seemed a good spot (came highly recommended by some foodies) for a birthday lunch after a spot at Bodiam Castle. Some have rated it on a higher level than The Sportsman, but I'm not sure I'd go quite that far. The menu is concise and offers vegetarian and 'light lunch' options, as well as the usual mains and starters. We opted for the light lunch (choice of 2 or 3 courses) because we are travelling quite a bit this month. The bread was served with butter plus a pile of pork drippings infused with thyme... a great way to start the meal. A tart of carmelised onions with large ceps was delicious and served with new potatoes. My partner had a smoked chicken salad, also well-prepared. Desserts were a great ending to the meal, served in very 'smart' surroundings. My pick was a wonderful plum crumble full of large chunks of plums and not too much crumble served with yogurt ice cream. Service was helpful and spot on, too. Jay Rayner, if it is of any interest, praised this restaurant.
  22. I'm sorry to be so long replying, Jakob. Thanks for your help. We're just looking for good restaurants in the Nyhavn area as that's where our hotel is. My husband works all day and will be tired, but short cab rides around town are fine. Aamans sounds ideal.. thanks again.
  23. I think you are right, Ambra. The dining room is small and the tables are close together, but luckily I have mainly been there for lunch or an early dinner, and it's never been a problem. You used the word, 'yet,' but I'm sure the owners have no desire to change things in the near future and I'm not sure they are trying to appear 'upscale,' despite the neighbourhood. Luckily, London has lots of place to choose from.
  24. I'm a bit late with a reply but I'm a big fan of Harter's recommendation, Ishbilia.
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