Category Archives: Gastronaughties

Locando nel Borgo Antico ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎĆ

Wow, stunning, modern farmhouse with an exceedingly contemporary funky design. We are¬†hopeful our¬†photos do justice…not too many farmers can boast a “farmhouse” like this one!

We were greeted by the wife – Luciana – at the front door. Chef Massimo Camia visited to say hello, albeit his English is far from his best language…and our Italian is virtually non-existent! They both smiled when we mentioned Chef Antimo of [L’Altro HK, now Otto e Mezzo Macau]. Thanks, Mino! Continue reading Locando nel Borgo Antico ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎĆ

La Marinade ūüĎć

We¬†chose¬†this¬†restaurant¬†because¬†the¬†Website¬†quite¬†playfully¬†explains¬†he¬†cooks¬†every¬†dish¬†and¬†has¬†no¬†interest¬†in¬†being¬†a¬†“celebrity”¬†chef.¬†¬†I¬†loved¬†the¬†attitude¬†of¬†the¬†Chef¬†on¬†his¬†Website. Although¬†the¬†food¬†was¬†good,¬†he¬†is¬†not¬†at¬†risk¬†of¬†joining¬†the¬†likes¬†of¬†Pierre¬†Gagnaire¬†or¬†Robuchon,¬†albeit¬†he¬†would¬†beat¬†the¬†pants¬†off¬†of¬†Jamie¬†Oliver!

In our experience, this little neighborhood kitchen was the best food in Brighton.

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The Hinds Head ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎć

We¬†slowly¬†strolled¬†2.5¬†miles¬†(4¬†km)¬†from¬†The¬†Oakley¬†Court¬†Hotel¬†to¬†the¬†little¬†–¬†I¬†mean¬†teeny,¬†itsy¬†bitzy¬†–¬†village¬†of¬†Bray¬†where¬†quite¬†surprisingly several of the most highly rated UK¬†restaurants¬†call home.¬†¬†If¬†you¬†sneezed¬†while¬†driving¬†down¬†Windsor¬†Road,¬†you¬†easily¬†could¬†miss¬†the¬†village.¬†¬†To¬†use¬†such¬†terms as¬†“adorable”¬†or¬†“quaint”¬†would¬†not¬†be¬†inappropriate¬†when¬†describing¬†the¬†village¬†and¬†The¬†Hinds¬†Head,¬†which¬†is¬†the¬†famed¬†Chef¬†Heston¬†Blumenthal’s “gastro-pub‚Ä̂Ķ.our first after more than 30 years of ‚Äúpub-grub‚ÄĚ experiences around the world.

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The Royal Oak ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎć

 

We followed the GPS to a dead-end street before doubling back to find this unassuming pub surrounded by fields of green and yellow.  This is THE definition of a gastro-pub.  The Hinds Head could learn a thing or EVERYTHING from this competing, Michelin One Star establishment.

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The Waterside Inn ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎć

The¬†world¬†of¬†fine¬†dining¬†begins¬†and¬†ends¬†at¬†the¬†Waterside…Inn.¬†¬†A¬†fairly¬†simple,¬†countryside¬†entrance¬†to¬†a¬†non-descript¬†building¬†blossoms¬†into¬†the¬†true¬†meaning¬†of¬†an¬†exceptional¬†culinary¬†–¬†I¬†dare¬†say¬†epic¬†–¬†event.

Diego,¬†the¬†maitre‚Äôd¬†of¬†maitre‚Äôd¬†exceptionalism,¬†swooshes¬†around¬†the¬†dining¬†room¬†with¬†an¬†elegance¬†of¬†a¬†conductor¬†bleading¬†his¬†orchestra.¬†¬†The¬†definition¬†of¬†service¬†and¬†only¬†challenged¬†by¬†the¬†likes¬†of¬†Restaurant¬†Gordon¬†Ramsay¬†and¬†L’Enclume.

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