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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #125 on: May 26, 2019, 10:13:05 am »
Enjoyed todays https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/26/jay-rayner-restaurant-review-ashburn-sw7

He does manage to remain reasonably - balanced ? -while absolutely trashing the experience.

ian

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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #126 on: May 28, 2019, 06:12:01 pm »
It's pretty much the cooking by supply chain I maligned somewhere re my Frankie and Benny's experience which included a similar dismal salad: a deathbed of leaves, half a flabby bacon rasher that had probably been precooked some weeks before (I was born), an avocado that had decomposed into a green slimy mush that might have been the fate of the first attempted teleportation of a frog, covered with a spittle of overly sweet dressing that tasted of chemicals having a fundamental disagreement at the molecular level. I don't believe anyone at any senior level in the conglomerate behind F&B has tasted that salad. The only pleasure to be had from such a meal is for someone gazing at a distant spreadsheet, and even then I suspect they could do it cheaper and better for less money, but it doesn't fit the business model where they don't care that a meal is bad, just that it's uniformly bad.

While he F&B salad wasn't as bad the 'Mexican' chicken experience that I also documented so you don't have to experience, but at least I felt like someone had tried with that one. Unfortunately, a someone who really should have never, ever been let even close to kitchen.
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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #127 on: May 29, 2019, 10:57:30 am »
Enjoyed todays https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/26/jay-rayner-restaurant-review-ashburn-sw7

He does manage to remain reasonably - balanced ? -while absolutely trashing the experience.
I enjoyed that one too, all the more because it was requested.  :facepalm:

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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #128 on: May 29, 2019, 11:08:45 am »
I think maybe his balance is from him taking things apart and explaining what is wrong, and also from apportioning blame and praise to particular positions (he praises the waiting staff) rather than the whole institution. Anyway, fun to read!
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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #129 on: May 29, 2019, 11:15:00 am »
Just for the hell of it (OK I was bored in a conference call - a normal state of affairs) I clicked through the article to the website. Now, IHG are not my favourite chain after they expired the 30,000 or so of my "loyalty" points (earned mostly in Crowne Plaza since you ask), I now make a conscious effort not to use them. But this takes not just a biscuit but a jammy dodger and two shortbread fingers:

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24 Hour Reservations
0871 942 9094
Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

They fucking charge you to make a reservation by phone! Jeez.

ian

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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #130 on: May 29, 2019, 01:26:59 pm »
Enjoyed todays https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/26/jay-rayner-restaurant-review-ashburn-sw7

He does manage to remain reasonably - balanced ? -while absolutely trashing the experience.
I enjoyed that one too, all the more because it was requested.  :facepalm:

I think that's an exit interview in real life. The sort of thing you do (if you're me) with the final email as you move on to greener and more remunerative pastures.
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Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #131 on: May 29, 2019, 02:24:27 pm »
Enjoyed todays https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/26/jay-rayner-restaurant-review-ashburn-sw7

He does manage to remain reasonably - balanced ? -while absolutely trashing the experience.

"He literally asked for it."

Yup! Great review. A well-deserved and well-argued takedown.

Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #132 on: May 29, 2019, 05:41:15 pm »
I do wonder how much of an effect the review will have, mind - the hotel presumably has a fairly captive audience of expense-account customers, and if anything I suppose it will make people aware that there's actually a restaurant ('restaurant') there...

Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #133 on: May 29, 2019, 06:42:30 pm »
Enjoyed todays https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/26/jay-rayner-restaurant-review-ashburn-sw7

He does manage to remain reasonably - balanced ? -while absolutely trashing the experience.
I enjoyed that one too, all the more because it was requested.  :facepalm:

I think that's an exit interview in real life. The sort of thing you do (if you're me) with the final email as you move on to greener and more remunerative pastures.

Devious! That hadn't occurred to me at all  ;D

Re: a resturant review I enjoyed
« Reply #134 on: August 21, 2019, 12:32:07 pm »
https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/aug/16/parrillan-n1-restaurant-review-grace-dent

Expensive London restaurant where you pay to cook your main dish!!