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The Fat Duck - A big fat disappointment


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The Fat Duck - A big fat disappointment

andy lynes | Mar 5, 2001 05:57 PM

I had dinner last Thursday at The Fat Duck and was disappointed. I should point out that I was suffering from a slight sore throat before the meal which developed into full blown flu shortly after from which I am only now recovering. Although I didn't feel ill at the time of eating, I think it affected how the food and wine tasted.

I'll save a full review for my website, but my overall impression was one of the deployment of technique for it's own sake, experimentation at the cost of the customers enjoyment.

The bread and butter were lovely, the foie gras with crab and salmon really terrific, but all the incidental courses were underwhelming, with the pea, pidgeon and crab thing tasting like there was some dirty washing up water in the mix there somewhere (could have been my suspect throat though). The portions were tiny and I came away hungry after "8" courses. Heston was not in the kitchen, but at home writing a cook book. The meal was seriously expensive, £100.00 for one person. That included one bottle of wine and a glass of desert wine, service, the food and coffee.

We all know that Mr Blumenthal thinks its a grand idea to get scientists to collaborate on his menus. After eating the results, I would suggest that this is about as sensible as asking a florist to fix your plumbing.


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