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Showing posts with label steak. Show all posts

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Encore de Cafe de Paris
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Somehow, for reasons that are still unexplained, we won tickets for Cafe de Paris so on a Friday night, we went. Once we were there, unbeknown to us, we were actually entitled the VIP package which allowed us the three courses, a bottle of Prosecco and two free drinks. Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, Mrs Mayochup was pregnant at the time therefore could not drink anything alcoholic so the whole bottle of Prosecco and free Kir Royale was mine. Be rude not to waste it.

Ruby and performing guests

Another picture of the performers
We previously posted about Cafe de Paris and we were pleased to see that Ruby was still the MC who is still at his flamboyant best terrorising the gentlemen who he took a shine to. The acts were truly amazing and it’s hard to comprehend that us human beings can perform like that whether it being balancing on one hand on a raised platform to performing acts with fire. Over the course of the evening, it must have been the first time in its history that there were no hen parties but of course there were other celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries.

For starters, we went for the smoked chicken and papaya on blini. This comes with beetroot & shallot dressing and sweet potato confetti. The other starter was the cured salmon carpaccio with palm hearts, caper berry and rock salt. The salmon is no different to what you have in hundreds of other restaurants, light and refreshing but the smoked chicken and papaya was amazing. Surprisingly light and full of flavour.

Smoked chicken and papaya on blini

Cured salmon carpaccio with palm hearts, caper berry and rock salt

Between meals, we were treated to a magician plying her trade with card tricks and misdirection.  One guy on our table thought he had it worked out but the magician had him sussed and got nowhere. We forget her name but she was at the Edinburgh Film Festival, not that narrows it down much.

Magician with her really bright red hair
For the mains, we got the prime rib-eye steak with hand cooked chips and garlic butter. The other was grilled chicken breast which comes with courgettes, potato fondant, girolle mushrooms and parsley. Both were well cooked and well received.  Especially as one of us was drinking a lot and needed to soak up the booze!

Grilled chicken breast, courgettes, potato fondant, girolle mushrooms and parsley

Rib-eye steak with hand cooked chips and garlic butter

We thought we were only eligible for two courses so to have dessert was a bonus. We opted for fresh fruit salad and warm chocolate brownie.

Fresh fruit salad

Warm chocolate brownie

We do recommend coming here even if it's not just for the food. The entertainment is fantastic and worth the entry fee alone.

Cafe de Paris
3 Coventry Street

Cafe De Paris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Please sir, can I have some more?
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After experiencing a Gordon Ramsay restaurant many years ago, I looked at Jamie's Restaurant with disdain thinking it would be another overpriced and underwhelming experience but after I looked at the menu I thought it was worth a go.

This write up is on Jamie's Italian in Reading which is situated overlooking the River Kennet however, don't let the promise of great views entice you, there's plenty to look at once inside the restaurant. The layout is open and the staff are jovial - apart from one surly girl. If you get seated by an American chap with tattoo's, you're in for a great time!

First off, there's a bar which is equipped to cater for every cocktail need. I would avoid anything with gin as they insist on using Beefeater which I find rather tasteless but there's a wonderful selection of wines in which I will indulge next time.

The starters was Bruchetta and I went for the Crispy Squid (pictured). This is just light enough to
whet your appetite and leaves you wanting more. Just perfect.  Next up was the mains, which was the Italian Steak Frites and the Lamb Chops Scottaditto and again, food envy was happening. The lamb chops looked stunning! It is well renowned that you do eat with your eyes and still hold true. Just look at it!
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The steak frites was as you expect however, the steak you get is enormous! The chips aren't what you quite expect though. I feel there's too much experimentation with the skins on and too many herbs, what I wanted was good old fashioned fries!
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All in all, it is recommended that you do try it at least once. I feel you will be pleasantly surprised. Also there, and this is what a lot of restaurants neglect, is good music. Jamie's play upbeat classics such as Coldplay, U2, Moby The Stone Roses, and the like which makes a refreshing change from nothing.

We went a second time for burgers - avoid. The burgers are too dry but we will return to sample other delights on offer.
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