A pig and a bale near Borubu, Thailand
I’m going to 1884 again tonight and I’m excited. I reviewed the restaurant for my one and only foray into food writing and, though I gave the place a good score and enjoyed the food, I did take the opportunity to highlight some of the pretentious aspects of the concept and rant about food-snobbery in general. The review was fair, but perhaps my ire at not getting a Negroni, coupled with my angst over whether I had the right to expect one, tainted the readers’ (assuming more than one person read it) impressions of the quality of the food which, really, was quite good.
All this brings me to say that the spring menu looks great. I looked at Cerutti2’s menu and thought ‘meh’ (I can’t believe I’m using this…Americanism? Canadianism?) and the website for Cook’s Endeavor doesn’t even work. Then I checked 1884. There is somewhere in Hull where I can eat razor clams! Fuck yeah. Wild garlic and potato soup with deep fried frog’s leg? I’ll have some of that. But, really, “Hand-picked Raywell Wild Garlic”? I think we can all assume that a woodland plant is not amenable to mechanized harvesting. But this shit’s minor. I rode up to Riplingham on my bike the other day and smelt the said plant, wondering if could stop and find it. Last week I browsed angling message boards to find out whether I could forage for razor clams nearby. Neither did I do for lack of time and will. It’s great to see really local produce on a menu in Hull.
I’ll stop now and see how the food’s tasting tonight.
Click through the picture to see the Spring menu.
7/11, Borubu, Thailand