The Waterside Inn ūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎćūüĎć

The¬†world¬†of¬†fine¬†dining¬†begins¬†and¬†ends¬†at¬†the¬†Waterside…Inn.¬†¬†A¬†fairly¬†simple,¬†countryside¬†entrance¬†to¬†a¬†non-descript¬†building¬†blossoms¬†into¬†the¬†true¬†meaning¬†of¬†an¬†exceptional¬†culinary¬†–¬†I¬†dare¬†say¬†epic¬†–¬†event.

Diego,¬†the¬†maitre‚Äôd¬†of¬†maitre‚Äôd¬†exceptionalism,¬†swooshes¬†around¬†the¬†dining¬†room¬†with¬†an¬†elegance¬†of¬†a¬†conductor¬†bleading¬†his¬†orchestra.¬†¬†The¬†definition¬†of¬†service¬†and¬†only¬†challenged¬†by¬†the¬†likes¬†of¬†Restaurant¬†Gordon¬†Ramsay¬†and¬†L’Enclume.

AMBIENCE

–¬†location:¬†Beautiful¬†riverside.

–¬†character¬†and¬†atmosphere:¬†¬†Old¬†world¬†formal.

–¬†style¬†and¬†comfort:¬†¬†Good.¬†Chairs¬†horrible,¬†which¬†was¬†odd.

–¬†table¬†and¬†glassware:¬†¬†Average.¬†Heavy¬†Riedel.¬†Interesting¬†selections¬†of¬†glasses¬†by¬†Sommelier,¬†who¬†was¬†excellent.

–¬†other¬†guests:¬†Well-dressed,¬†almost¬†expected.¬†No¬†children¬†younger¬†than¬†9.¬†Sadly¬†unruly¬†table¬†of¬†East¬†End¬†brokers¬†from¬†The¬†City¬†getting¬†pissed¬†–¬†loudly¬†–¬†at¬†the¬†table¬†next¬†to¬†us.

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SERVICE

–¬†reception:¬†¬†Perfect.¬†¬†They¬†were¬†prepared¬†to¬†handle¬†my¬†dietary¬†restrictions¬†and¬†even¬†made¬†special¬†canapes.

–¬†floor¬†staff¬†(knowledge¬†and¬†presentation¬†of¬†food,¬†attention¬†to¬†details¬†and¬†awareness¬†of¬†guests):¬†Posh,¬†polished,¬†mostly¬†French¬†and¬†exceptional.

–¬†sommelier,¬†maitre’d,¬†chef,¬†manager:¬†¬†Sommelier¬†exceptional.¬†Name¬†is¬†Maxim¬†(French).¬†Diego¬†is¬†¬†maitre’d¬†(Italian).¬†No¬†better!!!¬†¬†Staff¬†not¬†allowed¬†to¬†drink¬†during¬†service.¬†Stupid¬†policy¬†from¬†my¬†perspective¬†as¬†one¬†of¬†the¬†best¬†aspects¬†of¬†sipping¬†wine,¬†even¬†when¬†paying¬†large¬†markups¬†in¬†an¬†exceptional¬†restaurant,¬†is¬†sharing¬†with¬†others¬†who¬†have¬†‚Äúthe¬†passion‚ÄĚ.

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FOOD

–¬†bread:¬†¬†Good,¬†simple,¬†limited.

–¬†ingredients:¬†Best¬†available.

–¬†presentation:¬†Explanations¬†from¬†the¬†service¬†staff¬†provided¬†clarity¬†to¬†very¬†creative¬†dishes.

–¬†creativity:¬†The¬†Definition.

–¬†taste:¬†¬†Beautiful.

–¬†smell:¬†¬†Equally¬†beautiful.

–¬†execution:¬†¬†Outstanding!!!

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Best¬†prepared¬†lobster¬†EVER,¬†ANYWHERE.¬†The¬†subtle¬†use¬†of¬†ginger¬†was¬†perfectly¬†matched¬†with¬†the¬†sweetness¬†of¬†the¬†port¬†sauce¬†and¬†the¬†execution¬†offered¬†an¬†‚Äúal¬†dente‚Ä̬†softness¬†of¬†an¬†unparalleled¬†velvet¬†on¬†the¬†palate.

The foie gras was simultaneously soft and crunch with the wonderful flavour of caramelised orange slices.  Pierre Gagnaire, Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy all would be impressed!

WINE

–¬†selection:¬†WOW.¬†Chef¬†participating¬†in¬†Bordeaux¬†En¬†Premieur¬†since¬†1972¬†clearly¬†evident¬†from¬†the¬†list.

–¬†variety:¬†¬†Only¬†French,¬†but¬†excellent.

–¬†value:¬†Expensive¬†as¬†expected.

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.  When a restaurant of this quality limits itself to wine from only one region, I cannot go for five thumbs up.  Equally, one has to show me a list that can rival Robuchon Macau before I even go for the five thumbs up.

Glasses¬†of¬†Ruinart¬†Blanc¬†de¬†Blancs¬†and¬†Champagne¬†Alain¬†Roux¬†(blend)¬†made¬†by¬†Laurient¬†Perrier.¬†Ruinart¬†always¬†nice.¬†¬†The¬†“house”¬†champagne¬†no¬†slouch.

Bottles of:

Michael Colin Deleger, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru, La Truffiere 2002. Outstanding.  Puligny-Montrachet at its finest with smooth, perfectly balance liquid gold cursing down my throat.  Marvie.

Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiems Domaine de Montille 2006.  An excellent example of this slightly feminine, soft Pinot Noir.

MISC

–¬†type¬†of¬†cuisine:¬†¬†French

–¬†dress¬†code:¬†¬†Semi-casual¬†to¬†formal

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Menu/Price

The Waterside Inn 

Chef Alain Roux

Head Chef Fabrice Uhryn
Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AT
United Kingdom

www.waterside-inn.co.uk

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