Rick stein, sandbanks_ ‘i’m not buying it’ – restaurant review _ life and style _ the guardian

Sandbanks, despite its location in an area of natural beauty, is deeply unattractive. Four fingers chicken recipe That it has one of the highest land values in the world, just behind Tokyo and Manhattan, seems further evidence that the rich have the oddest taste. How to cook chicken fingers in the oven The drive from Bournemouth is lined with bloated McMansions squatting behind high, prole-repelling hedges – Bishops Avenue-sur-Mer – before finally giving way at the waterfront to ranks of equally ugly modern flats pockmarked with luxury estate agents’ boards. Homemade deep fried chicken fingers Come the revolution, I’m pretty sure it won’t be stirred up from Sandbanks.


Anyway, right next to one of those luxury estate agents is where Rick Stein has chosen for the latest outpost of his burgeoning empire, a sprawling, pack-’em-in, 200-plus-seater, formerly Cafe Shore. What goes with chicken fingers At front is a greige hotel chain of a room dedicated to bar and walk-ins; the rear, past an open kitchen, is a more attractive, duck-egg-blue-and-blond-wood-furnished space with massive windows looking out over the yacht club and Poole Harbour. Chicken fingers homemade Legions of staff scurry hither and thither, brandishing enormous menus, a collection of piscine greatest hits (smoked salmon to Dover sole à la meunière), the odd touch of exoticism (seared scallop succotash, barbecued sumac chicken), with a steak or two for the golf club.

Prices are predictably bracing, which dictates our choice of wine: “Rick Stein’s Spanish white”, a frisky, unsophisticated verdejo/viura blend. Are chicken fingers bad for you The first few dishes that arrive make me shut my snarky face: they’re glorious. Chicken fingers recipe indian Oysters from Porthilly in Cornwall (natch), just-shucked, all slippery, briny minerality, come with three feverishly spicy little sausages that have all the crumble and offally pungency of homemade. Jack astor’s chicken fingers recipe “Crisp” smoked mackerel salad is a som tam-lite: peanuts, julienned green papaya and mango, sweetened with palm sugar and soured with lime and good fish sauce. Chicken fingers recipe in urdu Tiny, vicious scud chillies are present and correct, but it’s short on the classic Thai salad’s alluring rankness. Chicken tenders recipe in urdu The fish is a chewy, not-unpleasing pemmican.

Then an absolute knockout beauty of a dish: cuttlefish risotto of pure inkiness, blackest of black, staining lips and teeth and gums, but worth it for its buttery depth of flavour. Baked chicken tenders no egg The rice is perfect, that almost impossible confluence of soupy and al dente, the seafood all pearly bite. Cooking chicken strips on stove I could eat gallons of the stuff; hell, I would happily bathe in it.

After this, things start to swerve off-message. Cooking chicken tenders on grill I don’t hate the Indonesian fish curry, a Stein stalwart, but this is a half-arsed attempt: a watery, primrose-coloured apology with little of the throbbing resonance you should get from basa gede (a basic Balinese spice paste), and none of the expected fragrant thrum of lemongrass and lime leaves; the odd lump of bass (I think; it’s overcooked, so hard to tell), squid and prawns bob disconsolately.

And one true shocker: lobster thermidor. How to make grilled chicken strips Luxurious classic or hoary warhorse? Who cares? Done properly, I love it. How to cook chicken tenders on the grill And here it comes with chips. How to make chicken strips like popeyes Done deal: sold – for 44 and a half quid. Raising cane’s chicken fingers calories But a small miserable creature arrives, its chunks of meat barely coated with a cheesy snivel of a sauce, as though the tomalley has been stirred through to brackish, throat-clearing effect. Baked chicken tenders recipe without breadcrumbs The flesh itself is mealy, pappy, soggy, slimy – and 100 other adjectives you don’t want associated with seafood. Recipe for chicken fingers baked It absolutely lacks the taut, virginal squeak of freshness. Simple chicken fingers recipe Truly: ugh. Dipping sauce recipes for chicken fingers This should never have been allowed to leave the kitchen. Recipe for chicken fingers fried “Is Mr Stein in there?” I wonder. Chicken fingers for kids “He comes in every few weeks,” we’re told. Breading for chicken fingers “But his son is in just now.”

Despite some excellent dishes and the cheery professionalism of the staff, I’m not buying it. Best baked chicken fingers recipe We’re flanked by helmet-headed dames ordering grilled salmon (“No miso, please!”) and the only young people appear to be on a grandparents’ treat. Baked chicken fingers healthy It’s all too corporate and slick, overproduced and soulless, safe and anodyne: an M&S cashmere of a restaurant. Crispy chicken fingers baked It is, of course, wildly busy: people pile in even at the most off-peak times. Southern fried chicken fingers (“Is it because it’s payday?” I idiotically ask a staff member who laughs: “This lot got paid years ago.”)