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You can't have a food forum without a St John thread, so here it is. And here is the link to the menu which is updated twice daily and has me crying at my desk.

 

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I am off tonight with brother o mine

 

two squirrels saved

 

Sure it will play havoc with my digestion particularly as I have to get up at 3am to get a cab to the airport

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I am off tonight with brother o mine

 

two squirrels saved

 

That's OK, I'll just go and eat worms :ph43r:

 

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prompted by the fair V, Robin and I headed to St J ce soir

 

We had to plead our way to a 6.45pm table and promise to have it back to tom by 9pm.

 

We went straigth to our table upon arrival and we were handed the menu by a young woman who was an exact doppelganger for Sophie Ellis Bexter.

 

After a few hits & misses, I am pleased to report that this was another excellent meal.

 

I began, of course, with the squirrel livers on toast. Pate to all intents and purposes and served with some sour cornishons. Very good indeed. Robin had a foie terrine which was expensive ( £8 ) but very very good.

 

Then to the main courses. We decided to share a course of claf's sweetbreads with fir apples and a special of braised shoulder of suckling kid with poached shallots. The kid was wonderful, if slightly over powered by the sweetness of the shallots

 

With this we drank a passable gigondas

 

We almost didn't have pudding, but Rob was taken with the stem ginger ice cream and I was then, obviously, forced to join him in a plate of forced rhubarb fool with honey brioche. Ah well, you just have to sometimes

 

Bill inc service which was slow tonight, was a not cheap £70 a pop, but for such experiences, money counts for little

 

Now I am home pondering on a 3am cab to the airport and watching Lindersfarne on a DVD of The Old Grey Whistle test

 

7/10

 

S

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Didn't have time to trek back to this mysterious purveyor (it is possible to be in the middle of nowhere even in Manhattan). I'll get around to it.

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I tasted some of Slapsie's squirrel at St John last year. Blech! Definitely not for me. Gamey and pungent in all the wrong (for me) ways.

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Not nearly enough meat in Spain, so, before my chum heads home, we had supper at St J

 

Perhaps the best meal there ( excluding pig fests ) for a couple of years

 

A nostalgic glass of Manzanilla to begin, then to table

 

Starters of Dogfish ( the belly flaps of the shark we were told ) and salad and Crispy pig skin with cornichons. Both quite sublime.

 

Main courses of Oxtail and mash ( rich and meaty ) and chitterlings with dandelions ( perhaps my fave St J dish of all) perfect in every respect.

 

Puddings were the Eccles with Lancashire and the indescribably good forced rhubarb fool with brioche.

 

Bill for two with a decent bottle of something or other came to £95. A bit more than Spain, but worth every penny

 

As we were leaving, Tom offered us a glass of Vielle Prune from Fergus's special stash, a large bottle with the words Fergus: Keep Off written on it

 

While we were drinking this, Lee, the guy who now runs the bakery chatted to us and ended up bringing us a huge slap of the apple cake with jersey cream to eat with our stickies.

 

My friend liked St J. I don't blame them

 

S

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Salt lamb and caper sauce on the menu this evening :sob:

 

v

ah, maybe time to drop into my neighbourhood joint again. Must be almost a week since I went

 

Gloating glee

 

S

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Salt lamb and caper sauce on the menu this evening :sob:

 

v

ah, maybe time to drop into my neighbourhood joint again. Must be almost a week since I went

 

Gloating glee

 

S

Harrumph :angry:

 

v

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Salt lamb and caper sauce on the menu this evening :sob:

 

v

ah, maybe time to drop into my neighbourhood joint again. Must be almost a week since I went

 

Gloating glee

 

S

Harrumph :angry:

 

v

I may not though. You see the glory of living so close to St J is I can pop in or not as i please

 

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