View Full Version : Gustatory establishments worthy of recognition

Uncle Fred
8th Mar 2013, 03:31
A Call for help to fellow PPruners who like to find good places to eat.

Over the last few years I have noticed quite a few threads relating to the need for good chow and rejuvenation. In other words, good eating.

A number of years ago I started what was the antithesis of the Michelin stars--a recognition of places around the world that simply were good food--It could be the most elegant of Paris or Prague or Singapore...or it could be a lunch spot that was nothing more than a shack slinging chow to workers in a port city. All that mattered that it was good--interesting atmosphere, good value, and good eats.

As Richard Farnsworth said in The Natural, I don't know how to pronounce it but it eats good. That is indeed the standard.

I developed a sticker to mark out such places. This way, finicky eaters like myself can know it has been tested. Obviously I cannot find all these places by myself so if you know a place of merit, PM me with an address and if I see if I can send you a couple of stickers. Someday I will collate all the info and see if I can put it on the site.

For the history of the Neal Seal you can look here: The Neal Seal | thecuriousscribe.com (http://thecuriousscribe.com/neal-seal/)

It has to be good though! Can't diminish the quality rating.

8th Mar 2013, 07:04
About a mile from EGDG, good cause, great view, and most importantly.....superb food. Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay, Cornwall (http://www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/)

Pricey but good value if that makes sense:)

8th Mar 2013, 07:35
if you're in California or Vegas.. Fatburger. pisses all over in and out !

for other loactions..Captonian is a good source of information on such matters.

8th Mar 2013, 08:30
Knights Catering Cafe, adjacent to Downham Market Rail station - the best bacon rolls I've ever had...:ok:

8th Mar 2013, 09:31
Midlands Area

Leamington Spa - Oscars (french bistro)
Offchurch - The Stag (best ever ribeye I've tasted)
Statford upon Avon - Vintners, No9 Church Street, The Opposition

Gingernut et al, if you like good food then you can buy excellent meat online from a company called Aubrey Allen - they supply all the top chefs (Roux, Hix, Bleumanthal, some of Jamie, Raymond Blanc to name but a few) as well as a huge amount of the michelin starred restaurants.

I've used other online meat suppliers before and although good, they don't compare.

The company has also just received the Royal Warrant. I popped in there 2 days ago and got a pre-prepared Lamb hock dish (just slam it in the oven for 3 hours)... absoultely delicious

green granite
8th Mar 2013, 10:22
Just outside Sywell Aerodrome is Beckworth Emporium, an excellent place for lunch, but get there early or you'll be queuing for tables.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Mar 2013, 12:13
Gilroys Brewery got the Telegraph Best of British best restaurant award.

Best of British competition: the 2012 winners - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/9887564/Best-of-British-competition-the-2012-winners.html)

8th Mar 2013, 12:18
Les Pierres Rouges, 1615 Route de Cannes, 06560 Valbonne, France.

But Annie (proprietress) is selling up soon....

La Brouette de Grand Mere, 9bis Rue d'Oran 06400 Cannes.

8th Mar 2013, 12:21
In Glasgow, eat at the Kama Sutra in Sauchiehall street.

You'll be glad you did.

(I can feel the drool starting as I type)

8th Mar 2013, 12:32
...but get there early or you'll be queuing for tables.

I reckon Egon Ronay would knock off a star for that. I never waste my time queueing
at a place that continually underestimates the required furniture no matter how good
the bloody grub is. I'd sooner increase the profits of a lower establishment that does.

8th Mar 2013, 12:49
Cape Town :
You won't get a better steak anywhere than Captain's Cabin in Hof Street, Gardens.
The Hussar in Rondebosch is a close second.

Chester :
Barton Rouge, possibly the best Indian in NW UK.
Thai Teppanyaki : ditto but Thai/Japanese
Harkers Arms, brilliant pub and quality food.

New Forest
Horse and Groom at Wood Green near Fordingbridge.

Bar Sur Loup (S France)
Ecole des Filles
L'Hostellerie du Chateau

Radeng : I was very disappointed with Pierres Rouges in Valbonne, after hearing reports of its excellence, but if Annie is moving on that might signal an improvement, but I can recommend Auberge Provencale in the Place des Aracades in Valbonne village, it's family run and unsophisticated but always a warm welcome and a consistently good meal. Not Cordon Bleu though!

Trying to think of recommendable places in Surrey but mostly it's an ocean of mediocrity. The Dos Hermanos tapas bar in Weybridge is consistently good, and we enjoy both the snack bar and the more sophisticated and expensive Gull Wing restaurant at Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands.
I also know a stunning gastro pub near Normandy but I can't for the life of me think of the name I just know how to get there. It's off a main road and down a bit of a track, on the right.

8th Mar 2013, 12:57
Rio de Janiero; Copacobana district, Leme (east) end.
One road back from the promenade is the Luxor Continental Hotel. Go to the top (18th)floor (where the swimmimg pool is) and there's a 'snackbar' (well that's what it's labelled).
They do the most fantastic steaks there, just rest your knife on it and without any pressure, it cuts through. Delicious too!
If you can't stand heights, an alternative is 'Shirleys' about 200yds west along the same road as the hotel.

DX Wombat
8th Mar 2013, 13:01
For those of us who own dogs in the UK there is a good website, Doggie Pubs, (http://www.doggiepubs.org.uk/index.php?48=on#listing) which grades the pubs so you can see at a glance. The vast majority of the pubs have been recommended by customers with one or wo by the publicans themselves but these are indicated.

Standard Noise
8th Mar 2013, 13:13
Just back from a decent evening in Bath last night, I can thoroughly recommend the Thai Balcony, Bath.

DX - thanks for that link, might come in handy.

8th Mar 2013, 13:56
I'd rather go to the Thai Bath.

8th Mar 2013, 15:29
Just remembered another; New Orleans, 'Embers' restaurant on Bourbon Street. They do a ribsteak there for one person the we would call a rib joint feeding 5 or 6! Fortunately we only ordered the small T bones which were plate sized, but an American on the next table seemed to be having trouble with his ribsteak.
'You're slowing down' I said. 'We didn't realise they were gonna be so big' he replied (his wife had one too).

DX Wombat
8th Mar 2013, 15:39
You're welcome Noisy. :ok: My two have visited several of them with me and have approved of them all. I've been looking at ones for future which are not too far away from motorways to make a short diversion off when on a long trip. I'm getting very fed up with having to pack food and drink for the trip or pay extortionate prices for tepid/unappetising food.

8th Mar 2013, 15:43
Just back from a decent evening in Bath last night, I can thoroughly recommend the Thai Balcony, Bath.

DX - thanks for that link, might come in handy.

If you like curry next time you are in Bath try the Eastern Eye

The Eastern Eye - Bath's premier unique Indian Restaurant (http://www.easterneye.com/)

Outstanding food :ok:

Lightning Mate
8th Mar 2013, 15:47
Bovey Castle, Dartmoor National Park.

2250 for the Christmas break - they know how to do food.

Uncle Fred
8th Mar 2013, 16:20
Good suggestions. However, they should get a sticker near the door so if anyone needs a few PM me and I will post them over. Seeing the Neal Seal on the door should be enough that a PPruner has quality controlled the place and it meets the standards!

DX Wombat
8th Mar 2013, 17:26
2250 for the Christmas break - they know how to do food. Good grief! That's two months' pension for me. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v604/DX_Wombat/icon_pale1.gif http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v604/DX_Wombat/fainting.gif

Mac the Knife
8th Mar 2013, 18:26
Nelson's Eye in Gardens has the best steaks I've ever had.

Arnold's in Kloof Street is extraordinary - not only do you eat very well, but it is the only restaurant where I can say I've never eaten badly.

Valchera's in Richmond was exceptional - dunno if its still there.



[Valchera's closed in '87, I've been away a long time....:(]

8th Mar 2013, 18:57
Food of a surprising consistency may be found at Noma in Copenhagen. Although it is just a little expensive it represents great value if you want to stay up all night celebrating.

8th Mar 2013, 18:59
You can call the manager, Huey, on the great white telephone to make a booking.

8th Mar 2013, 19:16
Any excuse for a photo.

The view from Watergate, October, the best time to surf.:)


sled dog
8th Mar 2013, 19:22
Cheetah, check latest BBC webpage ref Noma -----------:(

8th Mar 2013, 19:26
Visiting Boeing? Like Thai food..? Step right this (http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/saya-restaurant-kent) way...
Saya at Kent.. (455 S 212th St, Kent, WA 98031)
Try the Gai Yang (barbecued Thai chicken).. there was once a gap of a year between my visits.. As soon as I walked in, the waitress said, "Gai yang!"
(Someone's going to tell me that means take a hike in Thai)

8th Mar 2013, 19:26
Softly softly.
I was hoping for some first hand reports.

9th Mar 2013, 02:11
Food of a surprising consistency may be found at Noma in Copenhagen. Although it is just a little expensive it represents great value if you want to stay up all night celebrating.

60 diners at world's best restaurant struck with vomiting bug after employee 'cooked food while ill'

Guests at Copenhagen restaurant thought to have been caught norovirus
63 people who had eaten at exclusive eatery complained of food poisoning

Local food authority said it had launched investigation into the incident
Restaurant manager Peter Kreiner also said the restaurant is investigating

Read more: 60 diners at Noma, Copenhagen struck with vomiting bug after employee 'cooked food while ill' | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290288/60-diners-Noma-Copenhagen-struck-vomiting-bug-employee-cooked-food-ill.html#ixzz2N0almPHc)
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9th Mar 2013, 04:09
They stayed up all night celebrating. QED.

Lightning Mate
11th Mar 2013, 16:07
Good grief! That's two months' pension for me.

Plan ahead DX!

Only one month for me mate.