Who wants to go skinny dipping with Michel Roux? Because apparently he has been WELL up for it in his time. And in its nightclub 💃🕺 heyday, when Skindles was replete with swimming facilities, the site of his latest restaurant @rouxatskindles has played witness to this culinary genius in the altogether 😱. At the risk of sounding supremely middle class....such fun!
I was lucky enough to join a little band of passionate local foodies today in a private viewing of the new Taplow brasserie together with Michel and Alain Roux and it was an enormously enjoyable day. These gentlemen haven’t accrued such a wealth of accolades by being slouches in the hospitality department. More than the sophisticated aesthetic and yes, even more than the food, they know how to make guests feel at home. The swearing 🤬 and piss taking certainly helps 😆.
👨🏼🍳 Witnessing the repartee, the camaraderie, the shared vision, the (literal) two fingers up 🖕🖕was like sitting at any family table. And that’s what the brasserie experience will deliver. It’s fine food, not fine dining, with comfort classics such as bouillabaisse, moules mariniere, steak frites, coq au vin (autocorrected to gin 🤷♀️), it’s instantly recognisable as a different experience to their Michelin establishments and that’s its beauty. Accessibility and as welcome for breakfast or a sharing platter at the bar as a Saturday night out for cocktails, this is designed to be closer to people, a real local hub.
Afternoon tea, hampers for boats, the new cocktail bar and a team who have built their trade and loyalty elsewhere in the family business, it’s bound to be a great combination.
I love the nod to the site’s past and indeed the family history here...an album where guests can record their experiences at Skindles of yore 💃👨🎤👯♀️💑👙 Bound to be fun reading. Although Chef did promise to curtain off some tables for those seeking a “real” walk down memory lane 😁.
So I have a new chef crush, Michel you are a delight, a consummate host, a cheeky charmer and wonderful company. I’m already booked to return for dinner. Alain, you’re on the naughty step for the ✌️ in my pics #InsiderAppetite