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3 Comments

  1. December 10, 2014 / 1:26 am

    It has saddened me greatly to see such a poor review of Drakes here.
    I know we are all entitled to an opinion and it with this in mind I venture to offer mine.
    It maybe that I don't have your expertise in cooking, produce or fine dining and wine tasting. Certainly nobody within the restaurant community as of yet has offered me free dining in exchange for my opinions.
    None the less, albeit a man of very humble means, I do have a passion for food and eating out as often as I can.
    I'm not a food snob and am as much at home eating the odd burger at burger brothers per say, to see what the fuss is about ( incidentally I now know and it's pretty good) as I am out fine dining with friends conversing. I really enjoy discovering new flavours and dishes, being inspired to try ideas out at home.
    Where I can I love to meet the chef face to face and discuss ,sometimes critic in a constructive intuitive way even and hear their vision and ideas, debate and exchange thoughts and more over learn. As of yet I am glad to say I have got on with, given and i would like to think gained respect from all those chefs I have had the good fortune to meet after a hearty meal.
    Now back to Drakes, Andrew Mackenzie is a very amiable fellow, he where possible is always up for coming out for a natter and I am delighted to say he and I are now on first name terms.
    Having spoken to him and learning of his passion, his history and career to date and his vision and imagination , I am in no doubt whatsoever he has a very bright future ahead of him and is one of the greats certainly in Brighton and in my opinion Sussex. But of course my experience is probably limited compared to your good self Madam
    You mentioned you were unsure of where the food on your plate had been sourced, I have found for the most part if it isn't local it states it on the menu, salmon is an example of this as it is usually from a particular loch in Scotland.
    Take time to ask chef and he will inform you of where he sources his ingredients.
    His passion for how they are selected and the fact that his passion has made him a very respected buyer amongst the game wardens, farmers, fishermen and market traders equally. He is I'm sure very demanding with the standards he expects to be met but is also very fair and respectful of their trades. well this is the impression I Have got and venture my opinion of course.

  2. December 10, 2014 / 1:28 am

    Sorry i have to continue in a separate comment box, it wouldn't accept so many characters.
    I believe Drakes are lucky to have him to be honest, as are the lucky to have Radka their Sommelier.
    She is equally passionate about her profession and incredibly knowledgeable of her trade.
    A warm and engaging lady never shy of offering tasters of the wines available and engaging one with the backstory of each vineyard that generally she has personally visited to make selections for the cellar.
    The staff there are professional, hard working and still warm offering great service. It's a shame you feel slighted and that a point should have been made making a note of your arrival for a freebie and who you are. You see sadly I think most restaurants of note are getting well underway with Christmas bookings and works parties at the mo, it's a highly charged hard work environment at the best of times let alone the end of november and December. Still if they have read your review it's likely they will know who you are in future me lady.
    There was another part of your review that struck a chord with me. you mentioned certain individual items on your plate at certain courses being unremarkable or even hinting at unpleasant. one of the great things about Drakes i have found is the blend of flavours in a dish don't shine until they are combined on ones fork or spoon and allowed mingle on the tongue, it's only then that the true gastronomic mastery is fully recognized and explosive pleasures on the taste buds and smiles are to be had. It's those moments when it all makes sense and the hairs stand on end, well in my experience anyway. for me Andrew is one of the few in Brighton who has nailed this time and time again.
    Now for me, in my humble opinion Drakes has become a favorite and I would rate as one of the top 5 destinations for food in Brighton. I am truly keen to hear from you of top 5 places to dine after your claim that this so unremarkable and that you would not pay to eat there. where do you part with your hard earned madam, I would like to try your recommendations if I and can only hope it is within my humble budget.

    • December 10, 2014 / 10:10 am

      Hi there,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog, I'm sure Drakes, and Andrew, would be delighted to know that their 'full gastronomic mastery' has been recognised but you and that you are so incredibly dedicated to their cause…

      I'm going to address a couple of points you've made, as I think I am either misinterpreting your tone, or you are misinterpreting me….

      'It has saddened me greatly to see such a poor review of Drakes here'- You think this is poor?! Have you read any more of my blog!? This is very much a mixed bag- which is, honestly what I felt it was. Definitely not poor- just states the good and not so good- other than the bread- there was no bad.

      'Take time to ask chef and he will inform you of where he sources his ingredients. ' There is nowhere on the website (please do correct me if I'm wrong) that says they use local ingredients… most places scream this from the roof tops (and rightly so) if they are doing everything they can to support the local economy and industry. I shouldn't have to 'ask chef'. He may well not even have been there that night, had you thought of that?

      I didn't meet Radka, or Andrew- just our waitress, who, I hope you noticed- I sung the praises of, and DESERVEDLY so… credit where credit is due only, from me.

      'It's a shame you feel slighted and that a point should have been made making a note of your arrival for a freebie and who you are. You see sadly I think most restaurants of note are getting well underway with Christmas bookings and works parties at the mo, it's a highly charged hard work environment at the best of times let alone the end of november and December. Still if they have read your review it's likely they will know who you are in future me lady'
      – this, I actually find a bit offensive, Des. I believe (and correct me if I'm wrong) you're implying that I in some way think that I should have been the priority for the
      evening- that is simply not the case. THEY invited ME so therefore, in my opinion, they should have informed the staff so that a point didn't have to me made of it, as stated in the review, it made me feel awkward, I'm sorry if you have taken exception to that! Re Christmas parties etc… we were the only table in there for the first 30 mins and only another three tables joined us all evening. As for 'me lady'- LOL- passive aggressive much.

      'There was another part of your review that struck a chord with me. you mentioned certain individual items on your plate at certain courses being unremarkable or even hinting at unpleasant'- Burnt nuts ARE an unpleasant taste, I wasn't hinting at it, I was stating a fact.

      I'm glad that you are happy to pay the money for that meal, I would also have paid for it (unless otherwise stated all of my meals are paid for, out of my own 'humble budget') had I not have BEEN INVITED, but contemplating how I would've felt picking up a £100+ bill for what I ate that evening, or would I rush back to pick up another, no I would not- and I stand by that.

      Re my favourite restaurants, again… I suggest if you fancy reviewing any more of my reviews, that you take the time to look through my blog and do so off your own back- I am not giving you your own little list, to help you on your passive aggressive mission to somehow prove my opinion to be invalid. It is my opinion and I thank you for yours, what I don't thank you for, is suggesting that my OPINION is wrong.

      You adore Drakes, I don't, that is the way the cookie crumbles..