The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie Dalgety Bay
by ed connro
I donated a pack of mushrooms the Clubhouse restaurant the other day. Why? Well it seems the credit crunch / economic downturn has taken its toll on the menu.
Despite the menu declaring mushrooms as part of their breakfast selection, mine arrived accompanied by one solitary mushroom cap. Apparently, the restaurant uses Portobello mushrooms in the kitchen and being a ‘large’ species, restaurant convention is to serve a single mushroom (cap?). Even so the cap had dimensions commensurate with a 10-pence piece.
Same deal some days later, the ‘full breakfast’ arrived accompanied by HALF a SINGLE MUSHROOM CAP! The explanation this time was that the breakfast policy had changed to serving BUTTON mushrooms with breakfast. However, running low on supplies the chef had decided to serve Portobello mushrooms (now normally reserved to accompany steaks for evening diners!) and, ‘Portobello mushrooms being a ‘large’ species’, chef decided to serve half the mushroom cap rather than a portion of button mushrooms.
I might be wide of the mark, but the same place also complained of being in short supply of tea and limited toast with breakfast to a single round due to a ‘shortage of bread’ too, so I might be forgiven for thinking at just under £7:00 per head, their caterer just can’t buy enough produce to satisfy the menu.
So I gave them the carton of mushrooms with my compliments. Hopefully I can maybe anticipate something more generous than half a mushroom cap with breakfast if I visit soon. And if I don’t, well I’m comforted by the knowledge that some other diner might not be fractionally disappointed in their portion of mushrooms.
I pointed out too that ASDA, TESCO and M&S food were all within a couple of hundred yards of the restaurant, maybe they could shop around for the best price to help solve the scarcity of tea and bread supplies.