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Old 20-06-2011, 04:07 PM
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Ive never been to cafe paradiso. Any good ?
savage, was a bit sceptical the first time I went there but no reason to be, food was really good and wine list is ok....
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Old 20-06-2011, 05:29 PM
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The taster menu in Augustine's for 25e is excellent value. I'd highly recommend it. Portions might be a bit small for fellas used to a mountain of food but don't let that deter you. Yummielicious.
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Old 30-06-2011, 11:58 AM
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The taster menu in Augustine's for 25e is excellent value. I'd highly recommend it. Portions might be a bit small for fellas used to a mountain of food but don't let that deter you. Yummielicious.
Hmm. The price is good, and when I went a couple of courses were nice (thyme, honey celeriac risotto, sea bass with risotto nero). Some courses v bad. Chocolate brownie was dry, and the chicken and chorizo casserole was pretty freaking awful - a), it was like something you'd throw together for your lunch with a few random leftovers, and b) it was horrendously oversalted.

Also, the wines they offer with the tasting menu (which I think puts the price up to about 40) were rubbish.

Blokey says he's going for a star. Not going to happen.

Went to Heston Blumenthal's dinner the other week. Had the famous meat fruit, which was absolutely amazing - unctuous with a slight citrus edge and served with slightly charred toast.

Ragout of pigs ears on toast - beautiful dense almost completely reduced ragout with soft pigs ear on toast. Wonderful.

Main was 'pickled salmon' which, if I'm honest, was disappointing. couldn't really detect what the pickle was about, and there was a beetroot puree with it that was pretty meh

desert was chocolate wine with millionaire's shortbread. Little cup of kind of hot chocolate made with red wine, and a crumbly shortbread with a thick layer of caramel and some gold leaf.

Overall was slightly underwhelmed. And £20 for a vodka and mixer was taking the piss.
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:21 PM
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Hmm. The price is good, and when I went a couple of courses were nice (thyme, honey celeriac risotto, sea bass with risotto nero). Some courses v bad. Chocolate brownie was dry, and the chicken and chorizo casserole was pretty freaking awful - a), it was like something you'd throw together for your lunch with a few random leftovers, and b) it was horrendously oversalted.

Also, the wines they offer with the tasting menu (which I think puts the price up to about 40) were rubbish.

Blokey says he's going for a star. Not going to happen.

Went to Heston Blumenthal's dinner the other week. Had the famous meat fruit, which was absolutely amazing - unctuous with a slight citrus edge and served with slightly charred toast.

Ragout of pigs ears on toast - beautiful dense almost completely reduced ragout with soft pigs ear on toast. Wonderful.

Main was 'pickled salmon' which, if I'm honest, was disappointing. couldn't really detect what the pickle was about, and there was a beetroot puree with it that was pretty meh

desert was chocolate wine with millionaire's shortbread. Little cup of kind of hot chocolate made with red wine, and a crumbly shortbread with a thick layer of caramel and some gold leaf.

Overall was slightly underwhelmed. And £20 for a vodka and mixer was taking the piss.
Ate in Augustines last night and went for the tasting menu, I have to say it was faultless, every time I go there they are getting more and more consistent.

Three glasses of wine for €17 is pretty good, granted they aren't going to win any awards but they did match the dishes pretty well, which is what I want with a pairing...

They also do a Menu du Chef for €40, a tasting menu too but with more high end ingredients, going again on Saturday to check it out.... Oh yeah, it has to be pre-ordered.
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:26 PM
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Ate in Augustines last night and went for the tasting menu, I have to say it was faultless, every time I go there they are getting more and more consistent.

Three glasses of wine for €17 is pretty good, granted they aren't going to win any awards but they did match the dishes pretty well, which is what I want with a pairing...

They also do a Menu du Chef for €40, a tasting menu too but with more high end ingredients, going again on Saturday to check it out.... Oh yeah, it has to be pre-ordered.
what was on the tasting menu?
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:31 PM
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Few times i went to Augustines it was pretty underwhelming. Food itself was fine but nothing special for the prices charged. Was expecting more.
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:37 PM
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I was in The Castle last night. Lovely settling, nice and competent staff.

Food was good, but not amazing.

I would go back there though, their pizzas looked lovely and were only €10 or so.
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:37 PM
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what was on the tasting menu?
Petit pois and chilli shot

Sea bass and pork belly with carrot escabeche

Celeriac and truffle soup

Beef with garlic & thyme gratin(can't remember the cut)

Blue cheese with cherries

Lemon posset with honeycomb, cranberry & pistachio biscotti with raspberry

first wine was a Chilean Sauvignon blanc, from a high altitude vineyard so it had Sancerre sensibilities, done with NZ Sauv blanc at the moment!

The red was Spanish, from Calatayud I think, Garnacha dominated blend, which I'm loving at the moment after a trip to Barcelona last month.

The dessert wine was Moscato d'asti, a pleasant Italian sparkler...
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:39 PM
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Petit pois and chilli shot

Sea bass and pork belly with carrot escabeche

Celeriac and truffle soup

Beef with garlic & thyme gratin(can't remember the cut)

Blue cheese with cherries

Lemon posset with honeycomb, cranberry & pistachio biscotti with raspberry

first wine was a Chilean Sauvignon blanc, from a high altitude vineyard so it had Sancerre sensibilities, done with NZ Sauv blanc at the moment!

The red was Spanish, from Calatayud I think, Garnacha dominated blend, which I'm loving at the moment after a trip to Barcelona last month.

The dessert wine was Moscato d'asti, a pleasant Italian sparkler...
Interesting

Yup, the Moscato d'Asti is pleasant alright
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Interesting

Yup, the Moscato d'Asti is pleasant alright
Twas' good alright, interested to see what will be on the Menu du Chef on Saturday...
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