Sunday, October 23, 2005


ooooooooooooooooooohhh love it!
"A confit leg of Trelough duck was juicy and delicious. It lay like a houri on a bed of puréed potato that was as voluptuous and soft as an eiderdown. This dish was also featured on the lunch menu"

No. 1 Restaurant in the World
...a British restaurant called The Fat Duck. That's the word from an annual list of the world's best eateries compiled by Restaurant magazine with the help of more than 500 chefs and experts, report AFP and The Guardian.
This is quite a feat for an establishment located in the country that is often the butt of jokes about its bad food. But the Brits are having the last laugh. This country is home to the largest number of top restaurants with 14 English restaurants making The World's 50 Best Restaurant's 2005 awards. Eight of the restaurants are in France and six are in the United States. Only one is in Asia.

Fat Duck Tasting Menu (£97.50)
Nitro-green tea and lime mousse, orange and beetroot jelly, oyster, passion fruit jelly, horseradish cream, lavender pommery grain mustard ice cream, red cabbage gazpacho, jelly of quail, langoustine cream, parfait of foie gras
Snail porridgeJabugo ham, shaved fennel
Roast foie grasAlmond fluid gel, cherry and camomile
Sardine on toast sorbetBallotine of mackerel 'invertebrate', marinated daikon
Salmon poached with liquoriceAsparagus, pink grapefruit, Manni olive oil
Poached breast of Anjou pigeon pancettaPastilla of pigeon leg, pistachio, cocoa and quatre épices
White chocolate and caviarMrs Marshall's Margaret cornetPine sherbet fountain
Mango and douglas fir pureeBavarois of lychee and mango, blackcurrant sorbet
Carrot and orange tuileBavarois of basilBeetroot jelly
Smoked bacon and egg ice creamPain perdu, tea jelly
Leather, oak and tobacco chocolatesPraline rose tartlet
A selection of wines by the glass to accompany this menu £67.50
Selection of Champagne Taittinger by the glass to accompany this menu £90.00
An optional 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill

The Top 20 Places To Eat In The World:
The Fat Duck Bray, Berkshire, England
El Bulli, Montjoi, Spain
The French Laundry, Yountville, California
Tetsuya's, Sydney
Gordon Ramsay, London
Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
Per Se, New York
Tom Aikens, London
Jean Georges, New York
St. John, London
Michel Bras, Laguiole, France
Le Louis XV, Monte Carlo
Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California
Charlie Trotter, Chicago
Gramercy Tavern, New York
Guy Savoy, Paris
Restaurant Alain Ducasse, Paris
The Gallery at Sketch, London
The Waterside Inn Bray, Berkshire, England

Who said Britain did not have great food! Oh yes they do me hearties.
TRAVELSAPIEN can't help but think about that Duck Confit. hmmmmmmmm
(reprint from the Guardian and others with thanks)