Aug 9, 2012

Would you like ants with that? Competing in the culinary Games

There are two memorable dining experiences in London during the Olympics: the world's biggest McDonald's and the world's greatest fine-dining restaurant. Mike Smith sampled both.

There are two memorable dining experiences in London during the Olympics. The first is at the world’s biggest McDonald’s at Olympic Park. The second is 20 special “events” by the world’s best restaurant, Noma of Copenhagen, at Claridge’s in Mayfair.

Let’s deal with McDonald’s first because, like its food, the experience can be dismissed quickly and leaves no lasting memories. But the phenomenon deserves attention because of its popularity and impact on the Games.

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14 thoughts on “Would you like ants with that? Competing in the culinary Games

  1. paddy

    Bravo MS.
    25 years is a long time to wait for your first review…But it was worth it.
    BTW. That faint moaning you can hear in the background, is Stephen Downes slashing his wrists in fit of insane jealousy.

  2. zut alors

    ‘I remain unsure whether his tongue was firmly planted in his chic.’

    Thanks, Mike, I’ll be plagiarising this gem mercilessly from hereon.

    Would love to know how many guests had a tentative nibble on the hay before realising it was ornamental.

  3. Stiofan

    “Noma” is just one little m away from being an anagram of “Onan”.

    It’s a pity that this review isn’t.

  4. Dajopa

    Well…………….that was one giant wank

  5. Kristian

    Dajopa: Couldn’t have said it better!

    Sometimes you read something you just know will be looked back on and laughed at due to it’s pure “zeitgeist” ridiculousness.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    I suggest that express service lines were served or staffed rather than ‘manned’ by people with hand-held registers.

  7. Stiofan

    @Gavin Moodie
    Unless you were there, you can’t be sure, can you?

    @Dajopa & @Kristian
    If you enjoyed that, you should read Terry Durack’s weeklyrestaurant reviews in the SMH.
    WTF is it with Fairfax food writers?

  8. Jenny Keene

    My daughter was there – so was Jamie Oliver and Marcus Wareing (amongst others). She said it was sublime. The pictures she sent certainly were.

  9. Dajopa

    STIOFAN – I don’t think Mr Durack could reach this level of ridiculousness. Especially the constant naming of the foods origins; “We were served sorrel leaves from just north of Kent, down Willow Street behind the Wilson’s farm and to the left of the post office”. Well hey look at that! Going off this review and my family tree……I’m pretty sure I’m related to the steak I just ate!

  10. AJH

    The last time I ate ants on a lettuce leaf, it was out of a rubbish bin, during the period between when my PhD scholarship expired and when I finally completed my thesis.

    I ate a lot of “foraged” food during that time.

    If only I had known that people were paying a fortune to do the same in Europe, I would have felt much better about it.

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