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Pretentious menus

On 18 Feb 2015 at 9:59am Red wrote:
Went to The Juggs for lunch yesterday and the food was pretty good but the menu really got up my nose.

Pan fried Calves liver (or Sea bass) !
Oven roasted mushrooms !!
Hand carved ham !!! (ffs)

Well I don't know about you but I want my calves liver and sea bass fried in something a little more imaginative than a pan, my mushrooms roasted in a dishwasher and my ham sliced by machine.

Is it just me or what?
On 18 Feb 2015 at 10:42am Ed Can Do wrote:
Wow, what a dumb thing to get upset about.

Pan-fried differentiates from deep-fried. If it just said "Fried calves liver" how would you know what they meant? Deep-fried calves liver would be revolting.

Oven-roasted mushrooms is slightly needless perhaps but do you also get upset in the supermarket when frozen chips are labelled as oven chips or small polythene bags are called freezer bags?

Hand-carved ham lets you know it's proper ham from a joint rather than some horrible, processed sliced stuff. I know which I'd rather eat.

I think you need to get out more.
On 18 Feb 2015 at 3:19pm Bob wrote:
Hardly 'pretentious' to say pan-fried or oven-baked or hand-carved - just descriptive of what you actually get.
Now, if it had said 'Fungi a la Aga with a rich, rambunctious aioli fashioned from the finest larch-smoked Israeli garlic, sat on a pillowy bed of virgin-kneaded pseudo-ciabatta' instead of 'Oven-baked mushrooms on toast with garlic mayo' THAT would be pretentious (and is available at Bills... Joke!).
On 18 Feb 2015 at 3:36pm Peston Bloominfart. wrote:
You must try my surf tossed pigs ears in balsamic custard.Superb!
On 18 Feb 2015 at 6:02pm Sussex Jim wrote:
Red; did you have a good meal at a sensible price- or was the bill also pretentious?
On 18 Feb 2015 at 6:28pm Epicure. wrote:
The more pretentious the menu ,the bigger the bill in my experience.
On 18 Feb 2015 at 8:49pm Gascure wrote:
Did you need deflatine tablets after the meal ?
On 18 Feb 2015 at 8:51pm Gascoigne wrote:
Paul here, Hic.
On 18 Feb 2015 at 8:54pm Obscure wrote:
I googled Juggs ( for the menu mayhap ) and I don't believe what came up !!
On 18 Feb 2015 at 9:02pm Jamie Colander wrote:
Peston I'd like you in my kitchen . We could re name the restaurant
On 18 Feb 2015 at 9:49pm Red wrote:
The food was good and reasonably priced.
Does anyone deep fry calves liver?
On 18 Feb 2015 at 10:23pm Deep Joy wrote:
Deep fried liver strips
On 19 Feb 2015 at 1:26am local wrote:
No one would deep fry calves liver - that would be offal!
On 19 Feb 2015 at 7:48pm Taff wrote:
Hens eggs! Are there any other?
On 19 Feb 2015 at 8:57pm Ed Can Do wrote:
No Taff, hens are the only animals on the planet that lay eggs.
On 19 Feb 2015 at 9:25pm Belladonna wrote:
Sarcasm does not become you ECD
On 20 Feb 2015 at 3:20pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I figured that would look less pretentious than posting about the very tasty duck egg omelette I had the other day...
On 20 Feb 2015 at 6:18pm Enzeg Fellare wrote:
I'ma da chef nota da car maker eeza Enzo Ferari
On 20 Feb 2015 at 9:30pm Cook wrote:
Red is clearly not a very good cook. The reason it says 'pan fried liver' is this is a distinctive, and possibly the best way of cooking liver, and indicates what one would get. Would you moan about the expression 'Roast Beef', and prefer 'Beef' with no cule about what type it was? . Just writing 'liver' is not very helpful because it can be cooked in different ways that not everyone likes.. I have never had mushrooms roasted in an oven, so am curious as to what they might be like. A good cook would know that this not a usual cooking method for mushrooms. And others have already indicated that 'hand carved' is a quick and easy way to described nice ham, as opposed to thinly sliced rubbish. How else are they supposed to let us know that? Sounds like the Juggs do nice simple food and that Red should go on a cookery course.
On 24 Feb 2015 at 1:31pm mikey wrote:
Don't know about Juggs but food in JHT has gone down hill. All I want is a bowl of chips. Now it's a silly tin mug with about 20 warm unappetising chips in. Food prices are up too.
On 26 Feb 2015 at 2:49pm Mildmanneredchap wrote:
Told waitress coffee wasn't very nice at Needlemakers café. She summoned chef who told us it was "single estate" and very refined, so didn't have the "roasted taste" that people ignorantly want. That was us told off.

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