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One of the Toronto crew (don't think he's on here) sent these around. Rayner writes for The Guardian.

Here's his review from last April of Le Cinq, the Michelin 3-star spot in Paris:

https://www.theguardian.com/li...nt-review-jay-rayner

Besides the scathing review, the differences between the restaurant official food photography and his iPhone shots (admittedly, poorly lit) are telling.

And a more recent review of Farm Girl Café in Chelsea:

https://www.theguardian.com/li...gh-restaurant-review
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I guess he didn't like it! Eek

The dining room, deep in the hotel, is a broad space of high ceilings and coving, with thick carpets to muffle the screams. It is decorated in various shades of taupe, biscuit and fuck you.

“It’s like eating a condom that’s been left lying about in a dusty greengrocer’s,”

My lips purse, like a cat’s arse that’s brushed against nettles.

PH
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Originally posted by GlennK:
I’m not a fan of Rayner. He is the type of reviewer that goes out of his way to have a bad time at a restaurant so he can write a crushing review.


+1

Almost everyone else writes glowing reviews of Le Cinq. How do you make your review stand out? Take the opposite approach.

He's sensationalist for the sake of some publicity. He has books to sell, so a bit of infamy provides a bit of publicity to further sales.

That said, I'm impressed by any man who can use his mouth to imitate a cat's anus. THAT, I believe, is a skill worth cultivating; he ought to be able to get on a TV variety show with that kind of talent.
I don’t agree that he’s a sensationalist. If you click through on the “Rayner on Food” link near his pic you’ll see all his reviews. I’d estimate that 19 out of 20 are very positive.

If you have a shite experience in a restaurant, and your job is to write about it, you might as well make the review entertaining to read. And as for Cinq, he said he went fully expecting to have a great meal, albeit a crazy expensive one.
sensationalist
sɛnˈseɪʃ(ə)nəlɪst/Submit
noun
1.
a person who presents stories in a way that is intended to provoke public interest or excitement, at the expense of accuracy


Sunny, I can't disagree that writing about a bad restaurant experience is part of a restaurant reviewer's job. What I question is HOW he writes about it. In this case, he was going there loaded for bear; he wanted to write something negative, looking for a meal "of the sort only stupid amounts of cash can buy. We’d all have a good laugh at rich people and then return to business as usual..."

He knew the restaurant would be beautiful and opulently decorated. What 3-Michelin starred place isn't? So it's more than a bit disingenuous to describe it as "thick carpets to muffle the screams. It is decorated in various shades of taupe, biscuit and fuck you." Really? Shades of "fuck you?" If that isn't sensationalist, then I am completely wrong.

I read a Rayner review of a different restaurant a while ago, don't recall the name but I believe it was in London (I might be wrong). He said the place was where hope went to die. I've had some crappy or disappointing meals in restaurants. I've written about them, though of course I'm not a professional reviewer, but I hope that I have never resorted to that kind of hyperbole. I guess you could argue that it makes a point, but I don't think it does so in an honest or constructive way.

My favourite Paris restaurant reviewer is Alex Lobrano (I have a couple of different editions of his book Hungry for Paris, which I love and which we've used extensively). He doesn't laud every restaurant that he reviews. But he never resorts to sensationalism when he reports about a bad experience, just reports it objectively. I like that more.

In any event, it's 6:30pm in Yangon, where we are now, so I'm heading to the bar for a drink before what I hope will be a great meal in La Dame, the French dining room on our ship. If it's not, I'll tell you about it over a bottle of wine next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Smile
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
I guess he didn't like it! Eek

The dining room, deep in the hotel, is a broad space of high ceilings and coving, with thick carpets to muffle the screams. It is decorated in various shades of taupe, biscuit and fuck you.

“It’s like eating a condom that’s been left lying about in a dusty greengrocer’s,”

My lips purse, like a cat’s arse that’s brushed against nettles.

PH


Saying something is like always implies to me you have experienced such, no?

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