Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews

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Fed up with celebrity chefs drizzling sauces over undercooked pieces of meat? I am!

I regularly dine out and am happy to share my restaurant experiences, and views on food, with you.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Restaurang Moldau

Restaurant

Moldau
Bergsunds Strand 33-35
117 38 Stockholm
Sweden

Phone (46) (8) 84 75 48

Overview

Eva and I are in Stockholm this week, and the other night tried out Restaurang Moldau; an Austrian restaurant and bar, which serves traditional Austrian food.

Ambience

Moldau is quite large, and is fashioned in the manner of a rustic Austrian country bar and eatery. Heavy craved wooded tables and chairs, with soft cushions scattered around, set off by traditional decorations hanging on the walls. It is an exceptionally cosy and inviting environment.

Unfortunately for us, it was the day before Mid Summer, and as such there were only two other people in it.

It offered a very pleasant atmosphere for an intimate evening, or for a larger gathering with friends.

Menu

The menu offered a good selection of Austrian food including; Weiner Schnitzel, sausages, ham hocks and Goulash soup.

Service

The owner was pleasant and efficient, offering me three different types of potatoes to go with my schnitzel.

Food

Eva started with a salted pretzel and green pepper, as she did not want to spoil her appetite.

I started with the Goulash soup, which was excellent. It was well flavoured, but not too spicy, and contained a generous portion of meat and potatoes.

I asked for eggs with my Wiener Schnitzel, which initially caused a "sorry we can't do that reaction" until I said Holstein Schnitzel (the official Austrian name for the dish) then there was no problem.

The dish consisted of a very generous cut of veal breaded and fried, it literally could not fit on the plate. It came with two fried eggs, two different types of potato salad and saute potatoes.

The meal was absolutely first class, the meat was tender and flavoursome and the potatoes excellent.

It is fair to say that I was well sated.

Eva's schnitzel, sans eggs, was equally large and delicious. It came with rosti potatoes.

The meal, which included a bottle of good Austrian wine and a schnapps, came to 884SEK before service.

Overall Opinion

A splendid restaurant, we heartily recommend it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Stomach Aid

Stomach Aid

After a stomach upset, it is essential to start eating again but important not to overload the stomach.

Here is a simple recipe that I have found to be good, when recovering from a stomach upset.

Lightly stew some chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh garlic and a large chunk of grated fresh ginger in olive oil.

When they are soft, pour over a bowl of plain cooked rice.

Squeeze a good measure of fresh lemon juice over this.

Ideal for settling a delicate stomach.

Note, as with all illnesses, if your sypmtoms persist consult a doctor.

Friday, June 16, 2006

KFC Trans Fat Issue

KFC Trans Fat Issue

It is reported in the US that The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is suing KFC, on the basis that the fried chicken and fries that KFC serves are cooked in oil containing trans fats. These trans fats are deemed to to more unhealthy than other forms of fat.

In the lawsuit, CSPI asked a Kentucky judge to order KFC to use other types of cooking oils and to make sure that the customers know how much trans fats KFC's food contains. CSPI allege that trans fats, vegetable oils that have been altered to be firm at room temperature, increase the risk of heart disease.

KFC have stated that they will fight the lawsuit, and that they are committed to maintaining "KFC's unique taste and flavour."

I would say that like any other food, if you eat too much it is bound to be unhealthy. However, I enjoy the occasional box of chicken and fries and doubt that once in a while it will kill you.

Common sense should be applied.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Summer Vegetable Recipe

Summer Vegetable Recipe

Now that summer is finally upon us, I thought that you may like to try this very simple summer vegetable recipe that is both colourful and tasty. I made a pot of it myself yesterday.

Ingredients

- 10 courgettes, washed and cut into thick slices

- 6 large tomatoes, cut coarsely

- 1 head of fresh garlic, peeled and chopped coarsely

- 4 medium onions, peeled and chopped coarsely

- olive oil, salt and black pepper

Method

- Lightly saute the onions and garlic witht he oil, until soft, in a large stew pot

- Add the remaining ingredients

- Season

- Simmer with the lid on for around 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the courgettes are soft

Serve with pork or chicken, or just enjoy a bowl of it as it is.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Scary Stats

Scary Stats

The British public's demand demand for ready meals grew by 70% between 1994 and 2004, we now eat more than £900M of ready meals each year.

Pathetic!

It is hardly surprising that we are morphing into obese lumps of fat.