Cheesed off..

cheese_fly_lab2_08Earlier today I had read a review of an eatery in London where , for £100, two people could enjoy fish and chips with a glass of wine. Bile, spleen and age formed a phalanx within me to add strength and purpose to my primaeval scream. I then set off to the outhouse to take pictures and share my bread and cheese with the flies. I charged myself far more than it was worth, but I consoled myself with the thought of how stylish the experience had been.

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42 Responses to Cheesed off..

  1. It takes a stylish guy to recognize a stylish experience!

  2. Mad Dog says:

    That gets my goat too, but having looked at the menu I’m puzzled by the quoted price. Cod is £9 to eat in or £7 to take away. That’s similar to the prices in other London chip shops.

    • You’re right…I had a look too. Maybe the reviewer meant £10 for two people with a glass of wine. I don’t think so! The owner is ex of the Ivy.

      • Mad Dog says:

        I read the review and looked at the website and prices – 2 X fish and chips plus 2 X bottles of house wine = £66 – they must have had a starter or pudding as well to get to £100. Anyway, it’s in Metro and probably not the best written review. I’ll go past and take a look.
        I would pay £9 for fish and chips to takeaway if they were very good 😉

      • A friend of mine just emailed me to say that they’d tried it last night. Very good they said. I still hold the view that fish’n chics is wrong.

      • Mad Dog says:

        I’ll go and have a look – I will be crossing Upper Street later…

  3. I’ll stick to the Bexhill Chippy (marvellous) when we’re there! As my granny used to say…some people have more money than sense 😉

  4. You simply cannot charge a proper price for cheese until a fly has left its mark upon it.

  5. Just think of the amount of camemberts, baguettes and red wine you could buy for 100 quid in France….. You could invite the whole neighbourhood around to eat! I see that the European crisis hasn’t affected some people….. you’d have to be a real numpty to pay so much. Maybe it’s wrapped in a recent copy of the FT?

    • That’s the clearest example of the craziness of those restaurant prices. It seems outrageous, when they’re are more hungry and homeless people that ever before, that people should be charging so much for basic food.

  6. $152.76 for battered fish and fries for two? $76.38 a plate. I thought $11 was immediate cause to suspect skulduggery. Did an American start up the place?

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.” ~ David Hanumm

  7. I’ll be the first to note that superb photo!!!!

  8. Excellent photo! I love how the bread looks as if it were speared in anger. Who’d go to Islington for £100 fish and chips when it’s cheaper at Sheekey’s?

  9. I’m glad you charged yourself a few bob, Roger. I must try that myself. And that picture: pique in food form.

  10. all that’s missing from the image is a glass of wine!

  11. That cheese looks amazing! Far better than a plate of F&C!

  12. Michelle says:

    Given the choice, I’d join you in the outhouse. With or without the flies.

  13. Eha says:

    Hope you kept your blood pressure down with the glass of wine you did not mention 🙂 !

  14. Tandy says:

    Fark, and I thought our meal in Modena was expensive!

  15. ambrosiana says:

    A total rip off and I assure you that the quality of food is lousy….for those 100 pounds…to me is like pulling someone’s leg big time….

  16. ChgoJohn says:

    They could charge £200 and some would queue up for it. “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

  17. I’ll take a slice of cheese now!

  18. Your cheese always looks better than my cheese.. just sayin’..xx

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