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Old 10-10-2011, 11:19 PM posted to rec.food.cooking
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Default Better at home? Better at restaurant?

James Silverton wrote:
On 10/10/2011 5:48 PM, sf wrote:

Helpful person wrote:



For me both taste excellent. The reason is that I very rarely order
at a restaurant what I make at home. I'm very fastidious and am
nearly always disappointed if I order something that I can cook
myself.


I don't eat at exotic restaurants, and i choose restaurants with menus i
can understand. Where i have some idea what i order is. Often times
ordering a "chicken fried steak" if its on the menu, but since moving to
California i have been so consistently disappointed i had to learn to
make it myself.


I can't speak for risotto as it's not one of my favorites, however I
take issue with Bouillabaisse. I make my own fish stock and have
never had anything that comes close at a restaurant.


I have never made enough bouillabaisse to get good at it. Plus im on a
phone tree that alerts me when a certain Lady in Berkeley pulls out her
big cauldron and starts boiling down her seafood over an open wood fire,
on her terrace, creating a hugh amount of her locally famous bouillabaisse



I don't usually order what I make with any regularity at home either,


I am often curious about meat loaf on a menu, but i don't patronize
"chains" or franchises, really don't consider them, along with macdonlds
& burger king & their ilk "restaurants".

but I would order bouillabaisse because I don't make it at home. Same
with paella (although I haven't had a restaurant version that I like
yet) and risotto... I love most of the restaurant versions I've had.


There are a number of very complex dishes, recipes i have not even tried
to make, a few i have like gumbo or an estouffade while .... successful
and actually quite good, i never the less make so rarely as to be unable
to claim any expertise in either making or eating them
..


I've generally found that a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian broiled
foods taste better at restaurants than when I make them; kebabs and
tandoori food are examples. The rice they serve is usually better than
mine too.


2 thing i consistently notice are French fries and falafel.

I have never been able to make them at home as well as those produced in
some restaurants (though better than in others)

I have been told that many places re use the oil that both the french
fries and falafel's are deep fried in, and done well, this creates a
flavour in the foods cooked in the oil that cant be had with one use of
the oil to cook one batch of food the way i sometimes do at home.
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JL