The idea for this blog came about over a drunken lunch at some fine dining establishment or other. I have been vegetarian since the early 1970s, and have often heard how difficult it can be for vegetarians to find something to order when eating out. I have never found this, so thought that sharing my experiences may be of help to others.
The blog may also serve as a guide to those who want to splash-the-cash in one of the pricier fine dining restaurants, without spending time worrying if they’re going to end up paying £70 for a plate of steamed vegetables (Senderens – I am looking at you!!!)
I am, to be specific, a lacto-ovo vegetarian, that is, I eat dairy and eggs.
I also know that I am truly blessed to have eaten in some of the finest restaurants in England and France. However, in terms of value and enjoyment, there should not be a great deal of difference between a Michelin 3 star, and a greasy spoon cafe. Value is a subjective description, and one can leave a meal costing hundreds feeling that one has been given great value, and a poorly served cup of tea in a greasy spoon can leave one feeling poorly valued as a customer.
I am not a gourmet, I have never learned anything but the basics about wine, but as the saying goes, I do know what I like.
My favourite ever restaurant review is below:
“Comfortable in the grand manner. Stuffed with plutocratic goodies and a decent duck. The dining room is boudoiresque, fin-de-siècle eclectic, and still fashionably uncomfortable. A melange, possibly a post-Orwellian version of an Edwardian eatery. The food? Ecumenical in flavour, a cosmopolitan adventure full of exuberant eclecticism, full of amuse-gueule and gastro-credibility. No flash in the bain-marie this. A comforting air. Generally, the tomatoes were rather pulpeuse.” (Hamish, Restaurant Critic for The Magazine, Absolutely Fabulous Series 1: Episode Birthday)