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A “picture-book” location by the banks of the Thames provides the gentlest of English introductions to this paragon of French gastronomy, which defies the years with its “culinary journey in time”. It’s all about the details here – from the sumptuous furnishings and polished professionalism of the ever-dutiful staff to the intricacies of the acutely calibrated cooking (canapés, mignardises and all). “Complex interactions”, precise technique and glossy saucing pay homage to la grande cuisine exceptionnelle – from an escalope of sublime foie gras with ginger bread, mulled wine sauce and quince compote (“a complete and utter wow”) to roasted fillet of turbot with nettle-flavoured ‘einkorn wheat’ risotto, a crisp courgette flower and creamy sweet garlic sauce. Seasonal game is also a top shout, unless you’re taken by the roasted Challandais duck with cherries and Bourgueil wine. To conclude, irreproachable soufflés and intricate creations such as a “picturesque teardrop” of milk chocolate filled with exotic fruit prove that “it doesn’t have to be molecular to be brilliant”. The wine list delves deep into lexicon of French oenology and prices are frightening, yet the sheer pleasure of eating at this stronghold of subtly reinvented haute cuisine is “immeasurable”.

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    Got To Be Gourmet :: Throwback Thursday | A Night at The Waterside Inn |

    I’ve been looking forward to writing this Throwback Thursday for a while, and now I’m finally getting round to it. Early in 2013, Tim treated the two of us to a night away at The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, run by chef-patron Alain Roux, of the famous Roux family. The website describes the cuisine as ‘unashamedly French, exquisitely executed: every deliciously decadent concoction celebrates the superlative skills of the chefs’ – what more could you want? The Waterside Inn has been in business for over 40 years and no other British restaurant can claim to have held three Michelin stars for so long....
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Essential Details for The Waterside Inn

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Berkshire
  • Price: £176
  • Wine: £30.00
  • Champagne: £65.00

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