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Blue Hill Stone Barns - bar

Thanks - I searched earlier and couldnt find anything. Just researched and found some comments. Thanks again.

Blue Hill Stone Barns - bar

Hi
So I just tried to get a ressy at BHSB, no joy and no surprise. The very nice lady did mention that I could try eating at the bar, though they dont take reservations for that.

A few questions
1 Has anyone eaten at the bar, how was it?
2 I'm after a table for 1, if I get there for 1 - will I likely get a seat?

Thanks in advance.

Dinner in Williamsburgh

Reynards at Wythe hotel. Excellent food and wine - no outdoor seating but the light in the room is amazing.

Jun 25, 2013
olly78 in Outer Boroughs

Late solo dinner by Moorgate [London]

I would recommend going to the bar at Hawksmoor Guildhall. You can order from the main menu, or have the amazing burger.

Jun 21, 2013
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Chicken at NoMad - is it that good?

Hi - when I ate there the chicken was a big disappointment - while the text was amazing - of both the flesh and the skin it didnt really have any flavour. That said - why not check it out and make up your own mind.

Jan 06, 2013
olly78 in Manhattan

Christmas brunch?

I was thinking of going to the Bowrey Diner - never been, but looks like the feel I am after. Any thoughts?

Dec 17, 2012
olly78 in Manhattan

Help With Details on Per Se Salon

I've asked to have oysters and pearls and they have been kind enough to provide it in the salon. Cost 60dollars.

Nov 28, 2012
olly78 in Manhattan

Battery Park area restaurants

Hi - just a few words of advice - battery park is very close to Tribecca which is very close to Soho which is very close to West Village (IMHO) - dont limit yourself to battery park just because you are staying there, its probably no more than a 30min walk, or $10 cab ride to the west village.

With that said, be sure to check out shake shack. If you are there on Sunday there is Amsterdam Market at the sea port (which is worth going to anyway).

Oct 01, 2012
olly78 in Manhattan

NoMad service

Very much agree. A few things
1 we were intitially seated in the central dining room - we asked to be seated elsewhere. The central seating room is just not nice - too busy, loud- I could forsee my table being bumped constantly
2 we were told getting another table would take 45-60 mins, in the end it took less than 15 mins.
3 while my friend was finishing no less than 5 people tried to clear his plate in as many minutes - I was actually pretty angry with the last couple of people who tried, no real need of it - there is a difference between attentive and just showing a lack of communication

Personally I was less than wowed by the food - the chicken had the best texture, but didnt really seem to taste of anything.

The bar (not the library, but the stand up) also had some issues - constantly flashes of light from the kitchen door, there were a lot of "busy" staff - not really doing anything.

Sep 07, 2012
olly78 in Manhattan

Reynards - Breakfast

Hi
Was just wondering if anyone has been to Reynard in Williamsburg for breakfast. If so, any good, and anything interesting on the menu (ideally breakfast tacos).

Thanks in advance.

Jul 31, 2012
olly78 in Outer Boroughs

Restaurant recommendations for near Canary Wharf or ExCel conference venue

A few thoughts:
i second Iberica - decent food, and you can have a good time there.
Have you thought about Goodmans (steak).
Personally I would avoid Roka - has never lived up to expectations.

I dont really think that there is much in terms of go to, and if you are keen to impress grab a quick train or DLR somewhere - though I agree that that can add some phaff factor. On the DLR you can get to Bank and go to Hawksmoor or Rhodes 24 very easily. Or get the Jubilee and go to London Bridge and try Roast. I think that these are much more likely to impress.

Jun 19, 2012
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Food market and "fast food" in London

I would also add the street market at Royal Festival Hall. They have a great selection. Pitt Cue BBQ is close by also. You can actually go there and walk to Borough market and Maltby Street very easily.

Re hotels really depends on your style and budget. I'm a big fan of Firmdale hotels, and also the Zetter and Zetter townhouse.

Jun 18, 2012
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Dinner By Heston or Pollen Street Social - Strong Feelings [London]

They are both very different - very good restaurants. I've been to dinner 3 times, PSS 4.

Dinner has slightly more amazing food, esp given the historical context. However PSS make for a more enjoyable evening out, has great cocktails and a great vibe.

Also - the PSS house white is quite amazing.
301 Pollen Street Social Selection, Anjou, Clos de l’Elu 2009 33.50

Mar 20, 2012
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Dabbous, London

I may be the only one in this town who doesnt "get it". The food was very good (not stellar or mind blowing if you have been to similar restaurants (eg pollen street social). But the room and noise from the bar downstairs make the experience much less pleasant than it otherwise would have been.
Good pricing though and I wish them well.

Mar 13, 2012
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Chefs Table Reservation

Hi
Sorry - just want to be clear, I dont think they have an official walk in policy. I'm just saying that I know some people did not show for their meals. If you walk in then you may get lucky (of course they may just say that they need to keep the seats open, in case they come late, though the meal doesnt really lend itself to that).

Yes they had wine! A lot of German, Austrian, and, naturally white. There wasnt a huge amount from France, or new world (that I remember).

Cant remember when I started calling - sorry. However I think I only got through later. I meant to write that I got a table for 10pm. Its not as painful as it sounds....

Sorry again for the confusion, its been a long day...

Just an fyi. I also went to Per Se and Le Bernardin my long weekend (and was full at the end). For my money Le Bernardin was the better experience, in terms of food and room and service. The room just buzzes there!

Jan 30, 2012
olly78 in Outer Boroughs

Chefs Table Reservation

Hi
Yes I was able to get a table, at 10am. My recommendation is to try calling early and to just keep calling until you get through to someone. I would also recommend going on the wait list, a few people there managed to get reservations that way.
Finally, and unbelievably, they have a number of no shows. If all else fails, and if you really want to go you could just try walking in an talking to them and getting a beer near by.

The experience is good and memorable, but its not a 3* star experience. Some of the fish was a little tasteless. With that said it is a memorable experience, and some of the dishes were a direct hit.

Another thing to note - I direct know it but it is really a fish restaurant - there were around 12 courses of sashimi - just note if that is your thing.

Jan 30, 2012
olly78 in Outer Boroughs

Christmas Eve - Maltby Street and St Pauls [London]

Hi
Does anyone know if Maltby Street is open on Christmas eve.

I was hoping to go to midnight mass as St Pauls. Could anyone recommend a place to get (a little) mulled wine or a drink beforehand.

Thanks!

Dec 14, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

London in February

2nd scrapping Bumpkin. Really nothing special.

No attempts to get to Dinner by Heston or The Fat Duck?

Dec 14, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

What's a cheap cut of meat just now?

I actually went in to get some brisket, but they didnt have any. So got the short ribs instead.

Brisket would also fall into this category.

I guess, by and large anything thats good to bbq tends to be cheap.

Dec 07, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

What's a cheap cut of meat just now?

I bought some shortribs from the ginger pig and cooked them sous vide for 72hrs. Possibly the best bit of beef I have ever eaten, and they were only 3 pounds each.

Dec 07, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Chefs Table Reservation

Thanks - yes I did call and you are right boredough. Wish me luck for next week.

Dec 06, 2011
olly78 in Outer Boroughs

Chefs Table Reservation

Hi
Feeling really stupid but I cant figure out the Chefs Table Reservations. If I want to try and book for Jan 20 or Jan 21, when do I need to call.

Thanks!

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Brooklyn Fare
200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dec 05, 2011
olly78 in Outer Boroughs

The Shard [London]

Thanks. I knew about Roka, Hakassan is new. It’s definitely a step up from Collichios and Pizza Express (which I’m guessing with have eateries in the ground floor or mall.

The nearest equilivant I can think of is the times warner center in New York, however I also keep thinking of some of the sky scrapers in Tokyo, that have quite small operations at quite a high height. I guess the owners want established operators.
Just for fun I took look at the 2/3 stars from square meal (note: not Michelin) and here’s who I think would be a good fit, given that criteria (ie its unlikely that they will rent out to the hog roast guys at the good food festival – though that would be very very cool). Note : these are not my favorite restaurants, just who I think could fir
Wild Honey – would be great for more intimate dinners
Ceccoinis – glamour in the sky
Conran / D&D – skylon MK II
The Ivy – or something similar
Gary Rhodes – isnt it mandatory that he open up in every sky scraper?

I think that the Shangri La have missed an opportunity to get a named chef in there. The likes of Daniel Boloud or Jean-George seem to prefer to operate in hotels outside their home country.

If they were importing them in (I worked in New York for 5 years, so its kinda NYC heavy)
Momofuku – a noodle bar is both special, and low key
Thomas Keller – I’m not that keen on Bouchon, but Per Se Ldn or Ad Hoc Ldn would be nice
April Bloomfield
The Dutch – Ldn. Seriously. Possibly the best restaurant in New York at the moment.

Dec 05, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

The Shard [London]

Hi
I was wondering if anyone knew which restaurants were going to be included in the shard.

Thanks.

Dec 02, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Crudo / April Bloomfield

Hi
I’m a huge fan of April Bloomfield in general, but especially love her crudo at the John Dory / Ace Hotel. I was wondering where to get the best crudo in London (ideally in a setting where you can just walk in).

On a similar note – does anyone have any info on the restaurant she is meant to be opening here. I notice that her memories are out in April (in the states) – maybe that will free up some time….

Nov 25, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Marcus Wareing

Hi
Just wandering if any one has been since his menu was retooled - in particular how is the new tasting menu?

Contender for 3 stars next year?

Oct 13, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Zucca, Bermondsey, London

At a Zucca for the first time last night. I think that it’s a great neighbourhood Italian, and their prices make it noteworthy, but there is still work to be done.
Bread – the Focaccia was the stand out for me. Deliciously salty.
Seabass carpaccio – this was strangely lacking in flavor, though it was deliciously smooth and silky. Good portion to share.
Zucca fritti – a plate of fried pumpkin (squash?) – we ordered because of their name and I think that this is a good dish to share between four, so that you can take a couple of bites. The fried basil was awesome.
Gorgenzola pasta – really really tasty. Lots of flavor and pasta was nicely cooked.
Veal pasta – again – lots of flavors and looking at the ragu you can see why, there is a lot going on there. My one comment is that this dish needed some more seasoning, luckily they put salt on the table.

Sep 07, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

Sous vide equipment

Hi
Just want to thank everyone for their feedback and guidance. I received my sous vide supreme a couple of weeks ago and have used it 3 times now – it seems to be producing amazing results. We have only tried with vegetables to date, but each time we end up asking ourselves “is this what an aubergine / courgette / onion really tastes like”. It seems like sous vide distills the food to the very core of its flavor. There isn’t anything to distract it (such as searing) unless you introduce it.
It’s a technique that I look forward to using much more in the weeks / months / years to come.

Sep 07, 2011
olly78 in Cookware

What's the point of Borough Market? [London]

I went to Borough week before last for the first time in about six months. I used to go every weekend around 10 years ago, but then fell out of love with it (plus I moved to New York). I got there around 9 and I have to say that there was a really pleasant vibe, it was busy but not too busy. I went to Monmouth and didn’t have to wait more than 5 mins, then had a walk round the stalls, no pushing or shoving.
Going at that hour means that you can avoid the masses, but it also heightens the pleasure that the food and stalls provide. I walked away thinking that some of the produce is amazing and that we are very lucky to have it (and that the breakfast bap I ate from Roast was tooo big).

My recommendation would be, if you want to go, go early.

Does anyone know if they have considered on opening on a Sunday also – there is clearly demand for it.

By the way – I share your love for Maltby Street and Bermondsey market. I’m looking to buy a property around there in part because of those places. I think that they are places to go everyweek, while Borough is the once a month for special items trip.

Sep 07, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland

The Loft Project [London]

Great - thank you very much.

Sep 06, 2011
olly78 in U.K./Ireland