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Gavin Jones

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  1. That would be quenelles de puke, I think you'll find.
  2. I'd also like to commend the ambassador. Attractive winelist (including decent selections by the 1/2 litre). For the record drank good chianti and a pleasurably forceful Pic St. Loup. A kitchen I am happy to trust: squid & pigs cheek stew (with tomato, beans and some heat) + perfectly cooked onglet (charred then rested) - served on a bed of chard w. a bone marrow gremolata. Good cheese course - brebis de puy, salers de bubo (I might have that slightly wrong) and a roquefort in decent nick and generous quantity.
  3. Very decent English fantasy of french brasserie. Same champagne as has undone me at MVH. Excellent Crab lasagne. Confit of duck which has actually been confitted - possibly a first in london. St Emilion au choc for full retrofit. All well executed. Pleasingly pear-dropped vouvray sec, decent chinon by the half bottle. Minor starting out timing glitches - enabled one to enjoy the pleasure of a french accent pedalling backwards to deepest bermondsey. £100 for 2.
  4. Does this gastropub rehab make it as the people's princess then?
  5. The Drapers is likely to be swamped on Saturday night. Fig on Hemingford road might be worth a look.
  6. If you want to eat in a pub I would also suggest the Coach (in the Market) and the Greenwich Union on Royal Hill (exit the park onto Crooms Hill, and through Gloucester Circus) which is child-friendly and has truly excellent beer from the meantime brewery. Fancier are the brasserie bar du musee and the restaurant inside (with prices accordingly). A walk around to the Gun in coldharbour (foot tunnel across the river and then round the river till you're opposite the dome might also be of interest.
  7. Yes, a few weeks ago I had a delicious raan.
  8. The gloomy bycicling velvet undergound chef & the celebrated NY comedian? No wonder that didn't last.
  9. It has convinced me never to eat at a 'Gordon Ramsay restaurant'.
  10. It seems unlikely that there is a significant health issue associated with dishwashing practice. Reported cases of food poisoning rose by a factor of 6 from 1982 to 2001 - 2001 had a million reported cases (according to the Food Standards agency) - during which period one would presume availability of dishwashers/mixer taps/hot water had increased. Of course, difficult to control for the spread of key bacteria: Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacter, Listeria & Clostridium.
  11. As in jambon du York, the notorious british ham?
  12. Just picked up Reay Tannahill's 'Flesh & Blood', though not sure where to start on in terms of recipes.
  13. Very good cassoulet yesterday at The Hartley situated handily for the glamour of the Old Kent Road. Starter of snail, bacon & parsley salad was correct to.
  14. Baker & Spice opposite Queens Park tube should work.
  15. Anchor & hope by southwark tube (or in the cut) is good value. Some places (e.g. St John or Club/Cellar Gascon) have bars where a version of their approach is available without the full cost of a 3 course meal.
  16. Sadly the Lithuanian twins had moved on. But a very good meal last night at MVH. Excellent amuses of gravad lax on guacamole with wasabi mayo, dill & caviar, and a good cappucino of cep infused pumpkin soup, with gold dust. I had the oysters, but regret not taking the pigeon in filo. Good boar piccata, but also a sparkling seafood curry and rack of lamb with mint couscous, anis jus. Wines represented excellent value (several around £25 all good including a snappily astringent sauvignon blanc, and a pleasing Givry). A very accomplished chef with a mastery of non-standard spicing which transcends the annoying fusion habit of interjecting an alien flavour into a familiar dish. Often lemongrass.
  17. Delicious meal on Tuesday night after a trip to the brabican. Steak & Kidney pud was a dark pool of savoury goodness unlocked from its comforting pillow. Good carrots. Then roast figs with yoghurt & honey ice cream, poppy seed cake. Having kicked off with a lovely gruner veltliner - the soft contours of limestone country - if a wine is its geology, an autumnal claret with the steak & kidney. It is very sad that the dining room is likely to close at Christmas. I can only hope that we'll be able to eat Rosie's cooking somewhere else soon - and enjoy the hospitality that graces this room.
  18. gamey is good, high is bad. They can of course easily refer to the same bird.
  19. Thanks for the recommendation Bapi. Enjoyed a couple of days at the Crown & Castle and I liked both the food and the attitude. Good wine list - not if you want to spend hundreds - but excellent by the glass and half-bottle selection. Well worth travelling back 800 years or so to Orford. The oysterage & the smokery are also compulsory.
  20. I recently noticed an array of 'Lloyd Grossman Ethnic Sauces' in a supermarket. How authentic do you want it?
  21. I always particularly liked the Roscoe Head (its feature: A collection of ties) and Peter Kavanagh's.
  22. Woodcock is of course traditionally served so one can crunch through skull & brain simultaneously, if one can't be arsed with a surgical intervention. Too much head can be enervating, though. And quails are small enough that you can crunch through most of the minor bones anyway. Definitely a tapas dish. Now that's what St. J should do, genuine english tapas. A gulls egg, a quail's head, a squirrel's testicle and a pig's cheek. Just perfect with a glass of sherry before moving onto something more significant.
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