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.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Momma Cherri's (Brighton) Closes

Momma Cherri's Closes

I am sorry to see that Momma Cherri's, once "saved" by Gordon Ramsay, has closed.

Eva and I first visited Momma Cherri's in 2003, before Ramsay.

It seems that it over expanded and moved into larger, less cosy, premises where it simply did not get the covers necessary during the week to cover operating costs.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Perfect 10

The Perfect 10

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire has topped the 2010 Good Food Guide, despite a health scare earlier this year.

The restaurant was shut for more than two weeks from 24 February after 400 diners complained of having fallen ill from norovirus was to blame.

The Fat Duck scored a perfect 10 for the second year, beating Gordon Ramsay's restaurant Chelsea.

Now the only way it can go is down!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Customer, Not The Chef, Is King

The beleaguered celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, has relearned an old maxim that the customer (not the celebrity chef) is king.

He was at one stage advised to file for bankruptcy, as profits fell from £3M to less than £400K.

He told Fox News:

"Heading out of global economic downturn has been tough but for me it has also been a breath of fresh air.

The industry was getting far too arrogant, they weren't respecting customers enough and they forgot the customers were king.

Customers just disappeared. Those that were in the restaurants weren't drinking wine. All were on tap water.

Then we had a huge downturn, Monday to Thursday. Your staff costs are the same, your running costs are the same. It was a nightmare
."

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Terraces (Brighton) Revisited

The Terraces (Brighton) Revisited

Eva and I revisited The Terraces on Saturday evening, and had a splendid meal.

My chorizo and poached egg starter was sublime, and my rack of lamb tender, succulent and unctuous.

Eva's fish, chips and mushy peas were cooked to perfection.

The service was first class, and very friendly. We were offered blankets when the wind became chilly, and were found a table inside when the elements finally defeated us without any fuss.

There was even a free firework display by the pier (not laid on by the restaurant) that topped the evening off.

I wish the new manager (who started a couple of weeks ago) all the very best.

Well worth visiting!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Nasza Revisted

Eva and I revisited Nasza (Brighton's Polish restaurant) again last week, to see how they were getting along following up on my recommendations.

I am pleased to say that the issues identified in my earlier review have been addressed:

1 The service was far better.

2 There is now a vodka list.

3 There is now a modest wine list, of wine that is drinkable.

4 Credit cards are now accepted.

Nasza is now worth visiting.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Haggis

Haggis

I see the media reports that Haggis may in fact be an English dish, having been mentioned in an English cookbook (The Hus Wife) in the 17th century, some 200 years before Burns wrote a poem to it.

I remain sceptical, and doubt that the Scots will be convinced either.