Aberdeen Angus 4-6 Garrick Street
Jay doesn't want to form a negative impression before actually critiquing the restaurant, which despite a makeover that is beautifully described as "Waynetta Slob in Gucci" poetry that!. The makeover consists of lots of dark wood panelling and bare brick, which is very fashionable in new build bungalows just outside of Swindon,states Jay.
So to the food, and on the whole the steaks are good and 10oz rib eye is fine, has flavour, though not enough, which is more than can be said for the Calamari which are likened to "Surgical support hose" Hmm I'm salivating. Desperately dry chicken "Odd" prawn skewers, Spare ribs the colour of "An old lady's velour sofa.
It's not cheap either this dining privilege readers, and not all the steaks in the steak house are good, notes Jay, the New York strip is one to avoid, along with powder based sauces such as béarnaise and peppercorn, though if you like warn chips and bad onion rings this is for you, though I guess most will not.
The Sunday Telegraph
Les Deux Salons 40-42 William IV Street London 8/10
The new Will Smith (not the one from Men in Black and the Fresh Prince, Chefs!!!) and Anthony Demetre offering, and therefore, as new, this week, we have two reviews from our London centric food critics.
Zoe feels that "Modern French Brasserie is often on the plan of many an aspiring restaurant blue print, as when this formula is done well it can tick many boxes, though often, it never really quite translates from vision to working concept , though she does note that Les Deux Salons certainly is not full of fixtures and fittings from B&Q. Its floor are tiled, dark-green, leather banquettes, and lots of brass.
Now, Zoe has some friends with very strange names and my guess is that many are former secret service agents as today she is joined by a health freak called A.
Moving quickly and swiftly, unlike so many broadsheet journalists, to the food - Starters are a plate of "Quinoa, with broccoli preserved lemon, some sweet and bitter leaves and grilled grapeseed oil," Zoe, that's you and I together, that don't get that one at all! It's under seasoned and a tad tasteless and over chilled. Though Zoe's salt Cod Brandade is much better.
A, has the "Steak Tartare", described as a subtle over explosive, with delicate Scottish beef, which was "Liked rather than loved" can you really love a Steak Tartare?
Zoe has the lamb leg steak, served with flageolet beans cooked in a small amount of cream, with parsley,that "Couldn't have been better"
A and Zoe share a Paris Breast for dessert, wonderful choux pastry and praline buttercream
The Independent on Sunday
Les Deux Salons 8/10
When I was at school we would often copy from the brainy kids, and If I were Lisa, that is what I would surely have done in this instance. I would have not dined, then I would have split the expense account with Zoe for the use of her notes, I would like to point out for legal reasons, this is what I would have done and I'm not suggesting this is what occurred!!!
So let's avoid the repercussions of decor and layout and hit the food almost from the off. Lisa is dining with Mr M and the two little Ms, what is it with critics and friends with single letter names how very odd!
Yes the food, I know, it's coming...Classic dishes that you would expect are of course on the menu such as Omelette, Arnold Bennett, andouillette with mustard sauce, bouillabaisse and onion tart, there a few modern twists added, salad of quince or Cornish Plaice with shrimps and kaffir lime
Lisa and family start with a bavette of Scottish beef with shallot sauce. Mr M has ravioli of veal, fish goats curd and cavalo nero. A slightly over salted traditional fish soup.
Mains include slow cooked ox-cheek, with parsnip puree, and pork belly with lentils and Autumn veg is described as "properly fatty and falling apart"
Zoe and Lisa both hand Slated Cod to start and Paris Brest for dessert, no they wouldn't do that, I'm sure of it!