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|Address:||1 High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ|
|Price: £243.00||Wine: £30.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-2pm 7-9pm|
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
I think when diners feel that they 'don't get' the Fat Duck, it is because they expect to have a proper meal here rather than a culinary experience, which in my opinion this restaurant offers. The previous reviewer tries to compare her diner experience at the Fat Duck with eating at Gastro-pubs, Indian and English restaurants – that's just silly! Some might enter a famous restaurant already having established that it's all a joke without having even tasted anything yet. One will not find generous portions of their favourite pasta or meat dish here, but neither should one expect that. This is a place for a rare treat, it's like culinary theatre. It's for the curious adventurous palates who seek amazement from simple things such as bread and butter, or outrageously weird things such as hot & iced tea (in the same glass). You just have to leave your preconceptions about food behind and try to go with the flow, because nothing tastes as it should and nothing seems what it is. During one single meal I was stunned, shocked, disgusted, amazed, delighted, surprised, outraged and completely won over. This restaurant is for the type of diner who has seen and eaten a lot and is curious to see and eat even more. I might not have liked every single course, but I certainly admire Blumenthals courage and I respect his creativity and talent. It takes real balls to serve diners carrot air! The fact that he is different amongst hundreds of thousand of restaurants around the world and he stands out, makes me want to give him highest marks. But some people will always judge something they do not understand, because of the fact that they don't understand it. If you're judging it by the standard of your local neighbourhood restaurant, please remain in your neighbourhood, you philistines.