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London Trip Report - December 2012

Highlights were Amaya, Dinner, Kitchen Table and the Bull and Last.

Amaya for lunch-amazing as always. The quail intensely flavorful.

Hix Mayfair was worth missing, not bad, but not good either.

Dinner by Heston was terrific. Great atmosphere, food and service. Standouts were the meat-fruit, pork neck and tipsy cake, but everything was worthwhile.

Ishbilia was very, good, very refined Lebanese.

Moreno was good, creative Italian in a very pretty hotel setting, but did not live up to what it was trying to be, which is exceptional.

The Delaunay is now better than The Wolsely but quite similar. Nice for pre or post theate, a fun scene but just good food.

Yauatcha was heavier and i would stay with Hakkassan for upscale dim sum

Benares is great upscale Indian and a worthy successor to the Tamarind category but if you have only one, do Amaya.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill is great and a great atmosphere. Like its sister Corrigans, the best smoked fish ever (especially the eel), oysters that feel like they were just plucked from the sea and great pies, both fish (or at Corrigans) Rabbit. The fried sole was also etherial.

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs is Londons version of Brooklyn Fare. While Brooklyn is almost exclusively seafood, this is nose to tail. Excellent meal, experience and service but very rich and 12 courses long. Standouts were the crispy chicken skin with bacon jam, the scallops, duck on mashed potatoes and the cheese with a name very much like Stilton. Only 19 seats and you should not miss it.

The Bull and Last near highgate cemetery might be the best pub I have ever been to. amazing people, feel and of course fish and chips

The worst experience was new years eve at the Lecture Room at Sketch. I am truly amazed that this restaurant is related to PG's place in Paris. The food was fine, but unexciting except the cheese course. The service was the worst of any Michelin starred restaurant I have been to. We were there on New Years Eve and nothing was as it should have been. We were served the hot canapes without being given a chance to order champagne or wine, which took 30 minutes and while we waited to eat them, they were not replaced. Our wine was clearly premoxed, but they tried to sell it as fine before replacing it. Everyone in the room was having to get up to serve themselves wine and no one in the room was poured champagne before midnight. We had to ask for our dirty plates to be cleared after every course. The live entertainment was great, but played only 15 minutes in between 1 hour breaks. Repeated complaints to management brought no results. This was a thousand pound meal and for the first time in my life, I asked to have the service charge removed.

Jan 02, 2013
ricknat1 in U.K./Ireland

The Library at Sketch - avoid

I am truly amazed that this restaurant is related to PG's place in Paris. The food was fine, but unexciting except the cheese course. The service was the worst of any Michelin starred restaurant I have been to. We were there on New Years Eve and nothing was as it should have been. We were served the hot canapes without being given a chance to order champagne or wine, which took 30 minutes and while we waited to eat them, they were not replaced.

Our wine was clearly premoxed, but they tried to sell it as fine before replacing it. Everyone in the room was having to get up to serve themselves wine and no one in the room was poured champagne before midnight. We had to ask for our dirty plates to be cleared after every course. The live entertainment was great, but played only 15 minutes in between 1 hour breaks. Repeated complaints to management brought no results. This was a thousand pound meal and for the first time in my life, I asked to have the service charge removed.

Jan 02, 2013
ricknat1 in U.K./Ireland

Where to dine in rochester for 4 nights while at Mayo-close is helpful [Moved from Minneapolis St. Paul]

I will be at mayo for 4 days in February and would like to eat well. Any help is appreciated

Jan 24, 2012
ricknat1 in Great Lakes

Passadis del Pep or Rias de Galicia

One night in Barcelona for seafood.

Which would you recommend?

May 05, 2011
ricknat1 in Spain/Portugal

Advice on choices in Barcelona

Thanks very much. Very helpful

Apr 12, 2011
ricknat1 in Spain/Portugal

Advice on choices in Barcelona

Just choices I am looking at. i have not seen much on the board on Drolma, Lasarte, Rias or comerc24, so was looking for more input

Apr 12, 2011
ricknat1 in Spain/Portugal

Advice on choices in Barcelona

Here are the places we are considering. Any feedback is appreciated

Passadis del Pep versus Rías de Galicia
Alkimia versus Gaig
Drolma Versus Lasarte versus Cinq Sentitis
Cal Pep versus Comerc24
Where are we missing

We are going to El Can de la Roca one night in Girona

Apr 12, 2011
ricknat1 in Spain/Portugal

Anyone eaten at the restaurant Noodles in Lenox MA?

Pretty good market to table in a simple setting with good service and good value.

Jul 14, 2010
ricknat1 in Southern New England

Anyone been to Bradley Ogden for dinner or tasting menu recently

I am thinking about a group dinner at Bradley Ogden and would like to hear from others if it is top flight

Dec 18, 2009
ricknat1 in Las Vegas