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Who needs the BAFTAs or the Booker Prize? Here at Square Meal, we have our very own award for the best reader review. Ever since My Square Meal was launched at the end of last year, a growing community of amateur critics have been posting their comments on our restaurant pages. And today we can officially reveal that the winning review for winter ’08 is by Robert B (pictured, left). He has won a bottle of Louis Roederer as well as a £300 meal for two at a restaurant of his choice, and has opted for Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. We hope he has a fantastic time and look forward to reading his comments.
Considered by the Square Meal panel to be the most witty, engaging and succinct review of the past quarter, here is Robert B’s review – of Locanda Locatelli – in full:
Serious Italian, served by serious people. The kind of food that makes you feel inadequate and stupid, forcing you to ask ‘excuse me what is that?’. Once explained, cooked and served, however, it’s heavenly. The night I dined with my wife, Prince William was there with Kate, along with at least five big blokes all ready to take a bread stick in the throat for His Royal Highness, so let’s be honest my wife could have been served three courses of peanuts and she wouldn't have complained. That said, the food was out of this world. The mostly Italian wine list is very good and offers good value. The coffee, perhaps unsurprisingly, was terrific. The bill, huge. Good to take the wife or someone you were reasonably confident of sleeping with. Wasted on in-laws and penniless friends or relatives.
Think you can do better? Post your reviews on www.squaremeal.co.uk by 25 April 2009 for a chance to win the prize for spring's best reader review. (You need to be a member of My Square Meal – click here to register – it’s free.)
Read more of Robert B’s thoughts here.