Perspectives — Fat Duck, Bray, England

Any regular reader of this blog knows about the Fat Duck. My illustrious partner Dana has even worked there for a time. Thanks to all the readers who suggested some restaurant focused blogs. Here’s some perspective from Chuck Eats:

“Intuitively, I agree with Heston Blumenthal’s basic premise 2 – eating food is multi-modal and it is influenced by, but not limited to, context, sight, sound, memories, and anatomy. It is hard to argue this, despite the absolutes in so many of our reviews. Anecdotally, we know that psychological mind-game of expectations has a great influence on the final outcome of a meal. Sights, sounds, and smells act as different triggers for people; personally, a particular sound can bring me back to a very specific point in time, where others describe a similar sensation with smell (and, thus, taste.) It would be foolish to discredit these factors when reviewing the restaurant, particularly when there are so many references scattered throughout the menu.”


2 Responses to “Perspectives — Fat Duck, Bray, England”

  1. Dawn says:

    Great review! Thanks for the link. I’ve been there once (after reading the early parts of Dana’s Phat Duck blog thoroughly, of course! :)) but didn’t realize that the menu was so static – it’s fun reliving it through Chuck’s review.

  2. David W. Cowles says:

    Molecular gastronomy? Food as theater? Balderdash!

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

    Give me a good pastrami on rye, with a shmear of chopped chicken liver and a dill pickle on the side instead. THAT’S good eating!

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