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  1. Don't say that in front of Tuckerman, he'll get pissed at you for not asking him for recs. Oooo...you're a wag. Since that wasn't what Cathy said
  2. As a Brit I don't know the individuals or the restaurant involved but the Chodorow letter confuses the concept of a "critic" with that of a "reviewer". These terms are often used interchangeably when they are not the same things at all. One might reasonably expect a critic to have a specialist knowldege of the field. But a reviewer is any Joe Schmo, and the concept of the reviewer is designed to communicate the experience that any Joe Schmo walking into the restaurant, or the movie, or whatever, would receive. So the first thing to ask is: are people who write reviews of restaurants for th
  3. But it's not me saying it,is it? I just quoted one of London's leading restaurant reviewers on Brazilian food And she describes it as fat laden, carb laden, peasanty food. Frankly I was amazed, and still am, that people got so excised about this. It is the case that where you have loads of people living in poverty and working incredibly physically hard for a living, the food they eat will be designed to impart lots of calories and energy-plenty of fat, carb and starch. It's the same in most of sub Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. The food HAS to be like this for people to derive maximum e
  4. Actually Circe went on to say how the restaurant was trying to get away from the carb laden stodge of typical Brazilian food. And so it should of course, if it wants to be a hit in London. Which is the point I was making in that ole thread all along. But of course no-one wanted to admit that S. American food was stodge in the first place, so reconsruction was unnecessary
  5. Out in the whoop whoop-Manthana in Norwood. Best Thai meal I've ever had in London (well London sort of).
  6. A precise, confident and wholly top notch lunch at Fat Duck yesterday. Macro and I went a la carte. He was a bit disappointed as all but one of the starters featured shellfish (verboten to him), but then again he wouldn't have ordered the sublime cauliflower risotto (with chocolate jelly and a shake of cocoa powder of course-this is The Fat Duck after all). Dairy aplenty in this dish My "Crab Biscuit" was a roast foie gras sandwiched between the biscuit with lots of heavenly oyster and vegetable vinaigrette notes to offset the richness. My "pot roast" of pork was an oblong of melting
  7. In yesterday's London Metro newspaper, our mate and restaurant critic Marina (aka Circeplum) reviewed a new Brazilian restaurant-Mocoto: "Brazilian cuisine-dense, carb and fat-rich, salty, starchy peasanty food" No change there then
  8. It's Lobster Month this month down at Shanghai Blues-lobster dishes down from £42 to £25, presumably in an attempt to induce some people to order them, since lobster dishes are about £25 as a norm in places like Yi-Ban. We forewent the bargain lobsters in favour of some pretty ordinary dishes. Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Barbeque Sauce had juicy fresh fish, but so it should have been at £28 A Shanghai Devilled Lamb dish was more reasonably priced but was far too over black peppered. Probably best to stick to the steamed Dim Sum type starters, of which there are many, and of which we e
  9. We weren't exactly spoiled for choice for Sunday lunch in Edinburgh, most of the more interesting restaurants remaining resolutely closed despite throngs of tourists who doubtless would like nothing better than to spend a few hours out of the freezing Winter rain in a warm restaurant. Maybe the religious lobby still holds too much sway here. This place right next to the castle isn't exactly a tourist trap, and we spent a very pleasant afternoon here. However the food was not top notch in any respect. Terrine of Confit and Foie Fras was too fridge cold. Monkfish was overdone. Crab Mayonnais
  10. Seven of us st down at 7.30 here on Saturday night and when we rose four hours later we were several pounds heavier round the waste and 130 pounds each lighter in the wallet. Admittedly a good deal of that was wine and service, but the fact that this place can charge £42 for a Porterhouse Steak and STILL charge extra for chips, mushrooms, salad shows that it has confidence in its ability to attract the crowds. And why not? A beautifully it dining room and tables full of glassware like an old fashioned French country restaurant gave one a cosy glow immediately. A selection of starters y
  11. I'm pleasantly surprised about Lameloise. I would have thought its cuisine was too rooted in Burgundian tradition to warrant 3 star status. As for Pic, everything there in 2005 signified 3 star aspirations. The fact that its been acheived is clearly not from want of trying. Are three stars deserved? Well the place is well behind Trosgros and Bras, but if you compare to, say, Regis Marcon then I would say just about.
  12. Tuckerman

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    Not from my dinner it isn't
  13. Tuckerman

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    Bacon was nowhere to be seen on the menu the other night. It might have cropped up in some dishes but not in those we had. The Pave of Sole dish is served with Toulouse Cassoulet which presumably contains some porky bits but that was all that was obvious from the menu. Maybe your criticism has been taken on board.
  14. Tuckerman

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    I have also found this to be a fault at some cheffy meals, but not at this one.
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