I’m not that keen on reviewing other peoples food… there are plenty of paid journalists out there and a few million un-paid review bloggers doing a fine job, so i’ll stick to cooking and being self indulgent in my own way.
I also have a strange cog inside my brain that seems to like everything I eat anyway (unless it’s really really bad, or an obvious mistake has been made) and i’m more critical of my surroundings or the staff than the food… so what’s the point?
However, as an event producer I do get to experience a lot of catering… the fun bit of course is all the food tastings… so I do get to review catered food for my clients and therefore I have the opportunity to wield my power is some way… and i’ve had my fair share of catered food… good and bad… bizarre food… try-too-hard food… small food… even smaller food and then even smaller, smaller food that only beauty journalists can eat because otherwise it wouldn’t fit in their bird-like mouths without ruining their spray-painted lipstick…
Tonight’s selection was created by the on-site chefs at The Imagination Gallery. They are a lucky lot, those that work down on Store Street. They have an incredible, on-site, subsidised caterer. Lunch, which for them could, on any day, consist of poached salmon, beef wellington, fresh seared tuna… is on average £4 per meal!
Simple Roast Chicken Salad, Soft Herb Mayonnaise to Serve
Little Char Grilled Tuna Steak with French Bean, Avocado & Wild Rocket Salad, Safron Aioli to Serve
“Gastro” Burger & Chips, Stunning Rustic Scotch Beef Burger, Sea Salted Chunky Chips with Melting Monterey Jack Relish
“Gastro” Burger & Chips, Stunning Rustic Scotch Beef Burger, Sea Salted Chunky Chips with Melting Monterey Jack & Relish
The Haloumi salad was that perfect blend of salty with the sweet tartness of the Kalamata, the tuna was perfectly seared and with it’s safron aioli as a golden, creamy relish it was my favourite bowl. The chicken salad was slightly bland but I suppose it’s lightness was enjoyed by some but the chunky chips served with the burger
were superb and the frutti tutti cheescake was intensely sweet… a nice way to finish off the evening.
More fun back in the kitchen tomorrow! Yay!
The names are hilarious (but they look good, and as an ex-teacher I am extremely envious of people who get nice 'cafeteria' lunches)! And I am going to have to make that saffron alioli at once! Thanks for the ideas…
Some wonderful ideas here, and breath-taking photographs on your blog, beautiful looking food.