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#136 Stone

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:43 PM

Dinner st St. John was a big disappointment. It was well summed up by my friend, who generally couldn't care
less about food, who, having ordered the braised hare, said, "it looks like a bowl of broth with a hunk braised meat in it. That's pretty much what it tastes like. Whats the big deal?". He was right. Sure, it was hare, but it still tasted pretty much like braised shank of whatever, just with a milder flavor.

The service was cold. We sat for about five ,inutes and the waitress came by and asked "are you ready to order or would you like some more time?". "I think we're going to start with drinks," says I. She leaves and comes back in five minutes, "are u ready to order?". "we'd like some wine.". "oh, ok, should I come back?".

I ordered the marrow bones, which I've never had before. dont think i'll have them again. What's the big deal? You spoon out this glop of whitish adipose fat, which kind of melts onto the toast and you put some salt on it. Tastes like toast with melted fat.

The crawfish and dill were served cold and had no hint of dill. Just four large cold crawfish. What's the big deal?. The terrine, however, pork, hare and pigeon, was quite nice.

I had the smoked eel. Two not large pieces of eel, heavily smoked to taste like smoked Gouda from the supermarket. Served with a very strong horseradish sauce and some very good beets. Thes roast pigeon was almost bloody rare. The braised hare was, well, like a hunk of braised meat in broth. I would assume that most places in eastern Europe would ladle out something similar from the big pot in the kitchen. The welch rarebit, again a first for me, tasted good on the first bite but is too rich too eat. The spring greens were the best part of the meal.

They were out of the bread pudding, which is good because I didn't need anything that heavy. Instead I had the blueberries, meringue and cream. Would have been better with fresh blueberries, but these had been cooked a bit and tasted like when I made blueberry jame with old pectin that didn't set. Good, but too much after such a heavy meal.

I guess in england this is good food. :).

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#137 foodie52

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:44 PM

Oh well. I had a good meal there around 3 years ago. Times change. Shoulda gone to a pub, man.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:48 PM

I guess in england this is good food. :).


Hey, in England what with the recession and all, any food is good food. When I walked into St John last Tuesday, all the food was used up and I had to order the Chilled Newspaper Pulp Soup followed by Braised Shoe Soles with Refried Goats' Turds and Dandelion Mash.

Oh how I wish I'd had what you had :(

#139 Sneakeater

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:23 PM

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#140 Wilfrid

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 06:56 PM

Back to St John, and yes of course it's still good, although it's been such a widespread influence it now seems much less revolutionary than it did twenty years ago.



#141 Wilfrid

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 06:58 PM

The welch rarebit, again a first for me, tasted good on the first bite but is too rich too eat. ...

They were out of the bread pudding, which is good because I didn't need anything that heavy.

 

Wuss.

 

Daughter and I did both of those, and licked the plates.  After three appetizers, two mains, and some potatoes.



#142 Daisy

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 07:13 PM

I had that salad of cabbage and brown shrimp in June.  it was great.

 

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#143 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:11 AM

My daughter couldn't see the shrimp at first. Used to American-sized shrimp. Thought they were bacon bits or something. :D

#144 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:13 AM

I really tried to get her to order the Eton Mess. I think she found the name threateningly opaque.

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#145 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 11:16 AM

I had a meeting on the northern edge of the city around lunch time earlier this week so popped in to the bar room for very satisfying lunch of brown crab meat on toast and a child roast pork and dandelion salad type dish. Really great for what it all was.

Unfortunately the only decent meal of the week - although the finnair business lounge had some great herring.
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#146 Neocon maudit

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 05:09 PM

Quick question: can one order from the proper menu whilst dining at the bar?

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 05:53 PM

I don't think so.  And as much as I like St John the bar is not terribly comfy--it's very high and the room is drafty.  There are a few tables in the bar,


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#148 AaronS

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 05:55 PM

it's been a while but ypu definitely couldn't when I was there. we had several nice meals at the tables in the bar room.

#149 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 07:17 PM

the bar menu is different, although still good.  I was there last September so it was quite pleasant, but its not quite a real indoor space.

 

The menu is actually a lot like StJ B&W


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#150 Neocon maudit

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 09:15 PM

Jah the menu I saw on their site seemed very lunch-y, snack-y, sandwich-y.

 

Does one order from the bar menu at the tables in the bar room as well?