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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Restaurant Baerlin

Restaurant Baerlin

Those of you passing through Seoul, with a penchant for hearty German food, should pop into Restaurant Baerlin (baerlin is German for "little bear").

It has been given an enthusiastic thumbs up by a good friend and colleague.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cookery Lessons

Cookery Lessons

I am very pleased to see that cooking lessons are going to be made compulsory in schools.

However, I would note that when I was a child I was taught to cook by my parents not by my school.

I would also like to ask how all schools will manage to teach cooking, given that many of them don't have kitchens?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights

The government is going to push food firms into adopting a single system of nutritional labelling. Currently there are three different systems being used for products in the UK.

Around 20,000 food and drink items carry one system that shows guideline daily amounts of key nutrients, but which doesn't show the traffic light colour-coding system recommended by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants red, amber and green colours on all products to indicate the levels of fat, salt and sugar contained in processed foods.

Eight retailers, 16 manufacturers and four service providers are using this system.

The third system uses a mixture of guideline daily amounts and traffic light colours.

Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, will announce the need for a "single, simple and effective approach to food labelling used by the whole food industry".

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Egg On Jamie's Face

Egg On Jamie's Face

Celebrity chef, anti battery farm campaigner and spokesman for Sainsburys' Jamie Oliver got egg on his face the other day when it was revealed that his showcase restaurant in Cornwall (15) was serving battery farm eggs.

Jamie said that "heads would roll".

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Hofbrauhaus

The Hofbrauhaus

Those of you with a yearning for German food, and an oompah band, who happen to find themselves in Seoul; should pop into The Hofbrauhaus.

I am advised by a good friend and colleague that it is an excellent establishment.

However, quite what their motto

"Hofbrauhaus Seoul is best of sweet pension

We'll see what we can do
."

means is anyone's guess!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Verona

The Verona

Those of you passing through Seoul should check out The Verona Italian Restaurant in the Imperial Palace Hotel.

"Verona is a place for authentic Italian food, where you will find the best quality steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza and desserts. The unique furniture of the restaurant creates the ambiance of an Italian country home."

I am reliably informed by a good friend and colleague that it is excellent.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Contradictions

Contradictions

Expense doesn't necessarily mean quality when it comes to dining.

In early November New York City's Serendipity 3 restaurant was noted by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the planet's most expensive dessert (a $25K chocolate sundae, featuring, among other delicacies, edible gold flakes).

By mid November all had changed, the city's Department of Health had ordered Serendipity 3 closed after inspectors found a live mouse in the kitchen, along with mouse droppings, fruit flies, house flies and more than 100 cockroaches.

Don't fall for the hype of an overpriced restaurant.