Apr 21, 2005

Bangers and ... WHAT?

My daily email from Specialty Food News included this interesting tidbit: A UK village restaurant, The Fat Duck, has been ranked one of the best restaurants in the world, trumping our very own French Laundry.

The Fat Duck has apparently "pioneered" such culinary masterpieces as sardine-on-toast sorbet and bacon-and-egg ice cream.

To the UK contingent that honors my space with your presence, please fill me in. What is it that makes this place so great? And is the bacon and egg ice cream for real? I love you Brits, I really do, but I gotta say ... wtf?

10 comments:

ADAMANT said...

I really wish I had an answer for you Mags. I suppose it's all those long winter months. That's why I love the USA. Meat with cheese on it. What more is there?

Captain Insano said...

Grrl, I've actually taken to some of the English cuisine and I must say, it's not too shabby.

However, this bacon & egg ice cream deal is a little too wacky. It reminds me of a chef in Atlanta who offered foie gras shake as a starter item in his restaurant. The shake was deemed tasty when reviewed but the restaurant still closed...too bizarro for the masses.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

that restaurant's piece de resistance wasn't mentioned. it is "leather, oak and tobacco chocolates." They're probably the best leather, oak and tobacco chocolates on the planet.

Brother Kenya said...

Our own French Laundry? Where exactly are you, Mags?

Mags said...

I live in the Bay Area, m'dear...

Brother Kenya said...

Yes, Mags, me too. But the FL is in Yountville, no? You're not up thatta way, are you? (I'm in Petaluma.)

Mags said...

Alas, no I'm not. I'm on the Peninsula, in the 650. But I have family in Windsor, does that count?

Luminous (\รด/) Luciano ™ said...

Bacon & egg ice cream...? Hmm... an acquired taste, surely...

This Fat Duck is about as lame a loon as Hans Christian Andersen's Portuguese Duck - which I was re-exposed to recently thanks to the kiddies...! Not even Portuguese and less like Donald and more like Daisy - was SHE! The kiddies deserve to be force-fed some bacon & egg ice cream for this... lol

red one said...

erm, no. That's not English cuisine. Only about 30 people in the entire country actually eat at teh fat duck.

The rest of really don't eat stuff like that. Not even when we get to go somewhere posh.

I recommend bog standard, ordinary bacon and eggs. With sausages, mushrooms, fried tomato, fried slice, maybe a bit of bubble, toast, nice cuppa... ah... :-)

RedOne

Garycheese said...

The chef at the Fat Duck is featured in this week's Time magazine as leading the trend of "molecular gastronomy." Facinating....
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1053649,00.html