MoonShadow was in a group of nine. SunKitten, who was with him, went for the corn-fed chicken at 8 quid plus change. A friend sitting next to them went for asparagus. MoonShadow decided to try the duck teriyaki, at just over a tenner. Other people in the group - who had been to the place before - all went for a burger and chips, which MoonShadow paid little heed to at the time, to his subsequent chagrin.
I mean, come on, duck teriyaki - it's just duck marinaded in teriyaki sauce and stuck in the oven for a few minutes, right? You can't possibly mess that up, right? Right?
The food arrived. SunKitten's corn-fed chicken turned out to be a leg about the size of MoonShadow's fist, on a two-pound-coin-sized circle of stuffing, with *nothing else*. Now, I realise that we are ex-students and ordinary people eat somewhat less, but come on. MoonShadow can't comment on how it tasted, mind - he doesn't know ^^; What he can comment on is the teriyaki.
They charge over £8 for a piece of chicken with no vegetables, no chips, nothing? That's terrible. The only thing I can think of is maybe there was a cockup in the kitchen, and it was meant to come with accessories but they forget them... -- Xarak
It looked quite absurd. They have these huge plates, see, and the piece of chicken seemd very lonely in the middle of the enormous white expanse. None of the waitresses batted an eyelid, though, so I guess that's haute cuisine for you.. - MoonShadow
The six small slices of duck breast were neatly laid out in a circle on a bed of crispy noodles. When I say crispy, I mean uncooked. They tasted of nothing. Presumably the chef realised this, since they came in a sea of soy sauce, and were also liberally covered with some sort of chilli powder. The whole thing was heavily sprayed with lime juice. Heavily. MoonShadow doesn't know what the duck tasted like. He couldn't taste any. All he could taste was sour, salty lime juice with the texture of duck (mixed with the cigarette smoke from the louts on the next non-smoking table over).
Wishing he had gone for a burger and chips like everyone else (but a pretty ordinary burger and chips for seven quid when the Castle does really nice ones for rather less *and* has real ale? Bleh..), MoonShadow had to abandon the meal. He had some proper food when he got home.