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do you trust them?
doubt I ever will. I'm ok with this
is fantastic.....considering how uplifting the experience can be (veggie lunch can be done cheaper) it is good value.....Its actually a real good time.
Cant speak for any others
Lunch menu was 'only' £40pp and included 1/2 a bottle of wine each, considering we had "7" courses (including the pre-starters and pre-dessert) it was incredibly good value. Food was amazing, service was impeccable and we were there for almost 3 hours. Definitely going back when they change the menus.
yes, its several hours entertainment ....and you can tell the other person is enjoying it as much as you.....because i dont do it all the time, its also likesort of theatre....the staff DONT look down on you and make you feel genuinely great....its beautifully organised, and I come out thinking....why cant everything in life be like that :)
The people who work there seem to exude calm zen efficiency, which seeps into you as well being.
but its beautiful on a sunny day eating outside there, and as a vegetarian who is very very critical....because both mrs knees AND i are rather good cooks....i dont feel at all let down, the starters and mains..I know I coudnt make something so tasty and also somehow light and refreshing...and generall uplifting
it just makes me feel all glowey and positive.
i.e. you guys....try simpsons
I've eaten in a few, and they are a cut above other places, but often less fun and not necessarily the kind of places I prefer.
There's always something quite smug-inducing about going to a restaurant when it's newly opened, liking it, and then seeing that it's been awarded a michelin star a little while later.
It's usually a very specific type of food and atmosphere.
I'm glad to have tried out a few starred places, but if you asked me what my most enjoyable meal at a restaurant was, I'd probably say it was the hearty Italian meal I had with my bf at Sarti's on the day I finished up work for Christmas last year. the flavours from that sticks in my head more than the thing Marcus waring put in my mouth.
that said, there are some Scottish ones I've not been to (or not been to in ages) that I'd like to go and try out this year.
when working up in glasgow.
of seeing a now famous rock band in their early days.
I've eaten at a couple of Michelin starred restaurants.
1 star Michelin restaurant - the Curlew in Sussex
3 star Michelin restaurant - The Waterside Inn - Bray (this was a "mini-moon" as a special treat)
The Waterside Inn was beyond anything I had ever experienced before from a food perspective. incredible. We had a 7 course taster menu and it cost the same as a small holiday so you would hope it did,
The Curlew was really, really good. I have, however, had meals as good as that at non-michelin starred restaurants.
So, I would say that on the 2 times I've eaten at a Michelin starred restaurant I've not been disappointed and it has been fab food.
There are restaurants which will be as good as a 1 star Michelin restaurant but aren't - however they will likely be as a similar price.
It does of course really depend on what you like as well, It is a really nice experience going to a great restaurant but in some respects it does spoil you a bit. I've found that my wife and I are now really quite critical of lot's of places we eat now as before we had kids we ate out a lot.
Are you planning on going somewhere in particular?
In that it is an indicator (but not the only one) of quality for a certain type of restaurant: traditional, exquisite and (usually) Western food with great attention to detail when it comes to service and presentation.
It's difficult to tell if one, two or three stars make much of a difference in terms of what you get, I can think of at least one 3 star place which was very good, but not flawless, and therefor didn't meet the expectations, whereas my favourite meal ever was in a 1 star place.
And you know that you'll get fleeced when you eat in a Michelin starred restaurant, that's part of the deal.
I've only eaten at one place with a Michelin star chef (not sure if the restaurant was Michelin starred) and it was amazing
but my boyfriend prefers quantity to quality so don't really get to go much
All of the food I've eaten in those places has been fucking amazing
So yes, I guess I do.
and it is nice once in a while but really it's not what food should be about at all.
And a bit yes
and weird veg.
wonder what they would be like if they just did a really good steak and chips or sunday roast
Two Michelin starred pub food. It's fucking incredible.
My sister got us dinner there as a wedding gift
I never really know how.
Feel like a plum saying 'Meesh-lan' stars. I just say 'Mitchell-in'.
Like, if people asked "what tyres have you got on your VW Polo?", I wouldn't say "Oh, I have Meesh-lan tyres"
so always say it in an approximation of the French. But, yes, the tyre would be Mitchell-in because that's what they say in their adverts too.
I guess both ways are correct. Junior Roux says it Mitchell and he's half French, whereas I think Monica Galetti says it the French way. Clearly no one cares in the culinary world. Maybe they're just not as fussed with this shit.
all soft. don't know if it is right though.
and it really was like every single mouthful you had was BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
which is the only mich starred place I've ever eaten.
If so - that's the only one I've been to.
The food was clearly excellent too but prefer other cuisines to that type of small, decadent, exquisitely presented portions type thing. If that makes sense.
but only for a bacon sandwich
Actually been to quite a few. Didn't realise places like Yauatcha had one.
All in London, obviously.
A lot of them were with my old boss, who was a really brash Texan guy with shitloads of money. When I quit he tried to sweet talk me to stay by taking me to Le Gavroche but I wasn't allowed in as I wasn't wearing a jacket.
Le Gavroche was after work so was wearing a suit anyway, but it can be a pain, especially when on holiday.
but my boss kicked off about it and we went to Square instead
Worth every moment of having to wear it
Wouldn't have bothered me at all.
Square was good, but he'd already taken us there for a work Xmas lunch. 15 people. Bloke was unreal.
(One-starred London ones outside of Mayfair, basically, and virtually all of those were before the award)
(I'm no where near the 9 that Hoogy has racked up)
if you went there before they received the award.
food was all pretty good but it wasn't tons of fun so *ascii shrug* really
but places that do a plate with a tiny bit of all of their desserts on? fucking WELL into that pal
Yes, I want all the desserts but I want my tiny portions brought to me individually and explained in detail by a continental waiter
so this element of such things is a minus for me
black pudding, white pudding, and great chieftain o' the pudding-race
(plus chorizo which i dont think anyone calls pudding)
and always love the look of Michelin starred food and that, but I just can't ever bring myself to spend that kind of money on food. It's bizarre. I happily piss away £30 on booze, often more than once a week.
that you really like, but arent starred?
Saw the head chef there hanging out at The Hand and Flowers when we went there as well, obvs trying to pick up some tips to get the star innit.
I don't actually mind Clapham to be honest. A few decent, quiet pubs IMO.
Wouldn't be surprised if it wins a Michelin star in the near future, so you'd better do a marckee soon.
it was fucking phenomenal.
I think they've changed all the restaurants and cafes now though.
I'm not sure that Zucca, Riding House Cafe, Nopi or 10 Greek Street have the right ambiance, but the food is certainly up there, although having said that, Lima is now starred and that's very informal and chatty.
Grain Store, maybe, although I think it tends to flummox people who love meat.
The food is brilliant though ...
(albeit that was during the day and there were only about a dozen people in there)
that meat plays and don't like all the vegetables.
I dunno, perhaps they're just MEAT FIENDS rather than people with a decent palate :)
That looks like it's going all out for a star or two
Hes been there for ages, so I doubt they'll ever get a Michelin star.
Despite it being within walking distance, still haven't been.
Love tapas as well so should really give it a go at some point
It's nice enough. Never reaches a high point.
Never been to a starred place so cannot compare it.
Best food I've ever eaten.
Just thought you all should know.
and i dont know what that song is, making you a foo fighters fan
listening now and its pretty nice tbh
Soundtrack of my yoof https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wG1xEHij08
third really isn that bad
everything since has be speckled with ok bits
how are you getting 4 syllables out of michelin?
MICH E LI IN STARS ?
third record is pretty good. Josh Homme clearly rubbed off (ooer) on Grohl for that one.
3rd is the poppy one, 4th is from the time he started playing with qotsa.
but I'd upgrade 2nd to good as well
Story is full on mad tasting menu, all charcoal foam and beef dripping candles, and it was amazing. Gymkhana was nice, but I would have equally pleased with a decent Brick Lane curry for a quarter of the price, didn't really feel like an experience either. Going to Lima in a few weeks (thanks to the recommendations of DiS), so hoping that will be good.
The 1 star ones aren't hugely different from your average fancy reataurant. The 2 star one (Joel Robouchon, since you asked) was great but pricy.
from my limited experience, the step-up between 1 and 2 star is pretty noticeable.
In order of greatness for me:
Hibiscus, London - http://www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk/
Casamia, Bristol - http://www.casamiarestaurant.co.uk/
Lastage, Amsterdam - http://www.restaurantlastage.nl/
Le Manoir, Oxfordshire - http://www.belmond.com/le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons-oxfordshire/
The Square, London - http://www.squarerestaurant.com/
Texture, London - http://texture-restaurant.co.uk/
The Ledbury, London - http://www.theledbury.com/
The New Angel, Dartmouth (now closed)
The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouth (now closed)
Tom Atkins, London (Now closed)
The Connaught, London - http://www.the-connaught.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants/helene-darroze/
was senior sous at hibiscus for a few years, gutted I never checked it out while he was there.
unless I wasn't buying, then I might pop along. It all seems a little stuffy and formal, and obsessed with being "perfect". I'd rather just have a bit more on my plate cheers.
was the Connaught (plus it cost the most by about £200)
Curry houses are pretty much my limit. So yeah I'd probably spend the money on something else.
That being said I think I'd enjoy pretending to be a MasterChef judge for the night.
Also, the lunch menu is exceptionally good value.
Probably why he's so fat.
Voted best restaurant in Asia 2014. Ate there in 2013 & it was sublime - classic Thai dishes made with the very best ingredients, including a Massaman beef curry that is possibly the most amazing thing I've ever eaten. Don't normally think Southeast Asian food necessarily lends itself to fine dining & is best eaten on the street, but it was an amazing meal, and at 35 quid for a 12-course tasting menu it didn't break the bank either.
Apparently it's gone downhill since it got the award though.
people who have a stonk on for Michelin stars, and people who have a boner for knowing which universities are Russell Group, is huge.
Off to Skye next week. Might go to the Three Chimneys. Anyone been?
and to celebrate...something? might've been me getting a new job
turns out it's the most delicious meal out i've ever eaten. was pricey but not too bad as we're neither of us really wine-drinkers, but the most pleasingly surprising thing was, even the beer menu was good. which when you think about it, of course it's going to be.
this was the place. i'd recommend it if you fancy a treat/celebration and you're in London http://www.glasshouserestaurant.co.uk/