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The Fat Duck

Had been looking forward to eating here for more than a year, and went in with very high expectations, although some trepidation after reading a few of the negative reviews.

I was not at all disappointed. Every course of the tasting menu was very edible, and all but one or two were out of this world. My wife had more doubts than me, but agreed she would try at least one mouthful of everything before passing it to me if required. She ended up eating every last scrap, even her much feared snail porridge.

I am utterly impressed by how the flavours work together. An oyster in passionfruit jelly is pure genius. The foie gras parfait was luxury.

I was starving when I got there, and satisfied, not full, when I left almost 5 hours later. Although I did have 4 or so slices of bread to help that. Some of the servings are literally just a spoonful of food, so if you don't like bread you should probably have something to eat elsewhere before you arrive.

The service was of a very high standard, I thought. There is no high profile maitre d' like at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and the staff are probably not quite as polished and posh as there, but they were certainly never even approching rude, and I could not pick any faults with timing or delivery of meals.

We had the wines with the tasting menu, for £90 per head. If you want to try a few wines, then this is a good idea. We had probably 7 or 8 in total, including things we wouldn't normally have tried, like a sake. They were all quite different, and did actually match the food well. You only get a few mouthfuls of each though, and I'm not sure of value for money in this area--we had a fair bit less than a bottle of wine each I would think. If you know what you like, you would get a better deal buying a £90 bottle of wine each. Certainly a larger group of people could get a few bottles for much cheaper, and still try different tastes.

Overall, this is an experience of a lifetime. You will not get this anywhere else. If you like the idea of the food from looking on the internet at their menu, then you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


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