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The Fat Duck

I was very excited to eat in the Fat Duck, having read countless glowing review over the past few years. I went with a party of six and we decided to try the (in)famous tasting menu.

Initially I was charmed by the experience but over the course of the meal rapidly began to change my mind.

I found the theatre surrounding the presentation of the food to be tacky, over-rehearsed and lacking in spontaneity. I found the flavours far to complex. A beautiful oyster had been ruined by some lemon curd. Mustard ice-cream and red cabbage gazpacho tasted like cold French Mustard doused in beetroot pickle. A chocolate tasted like a stressed-out aero bar. Listening to seagulls screeching while eating what could best be described as a dirty wave was absurd, but fun.

The service was mediocre for a Michelin-starred restaurant. The staff were young and charming, but seemed more suited to be working in a good gastro pub.

The cost of the meal was simply outlandish, and to add insult to injury there was a little card offering a chance to purchase Blumenthalís latest book for £14.99 placed on the table.

I think this restaurant has become a status destination for gastro-snobs and Heston Blumenthal is laughing all the way to the bank. He has obviously got good business acumen. I am surprised that he has not moved this operation to larger premises in order to increase profits.

There are hundreds of better restaurants in London and thousands of better ways to spend your money.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 0


The Fat Duck

I was very excited to eat in the Fat Duck, having read countless glowing review over the past few years. I went with a party of six and we decided to try the (in)famous tasting menu.

Initially I was charmed by the experience but over the course of the meal rapidly began to change my mind.

I found the theatre surrounding the presentation of the food to be tacky, over-rehearsed and lacking in spontaneity. I found the flavours far to complex. A beautiful oyster had been ruined by some lemon curd. Mustard ice-cream and red cabbage gazpacho tasted like cold French Mustard doused in beetroot pickle. A chocolate tasted like a stressed-out aero bar. Listening to seagulls screeching while eating what could best be described as a dirty wave was absurd, but fun.

The service was mediocre for a Michelin-starred restaurant. The staff were young and charming, but seemed more suited to be working in a good gastro pub.

The cost of the meal was simply outlandish, and to add insult to injury there was a little card offering a chance to purchase Blumenthalís latest book for £14.99 placed on the table.

I think this restaurant has become a status destination for gastro-snobs and Heston Blumenthal is laughing all the way to the bank. He has obviously got good business acumen. I am surprised that he has not moved this operation to larger premises in order to increase profits.

There are hundreds of better restaurants in London and thousands of better ways to spend your money.

Monday, June 18, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 0


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