Sunday, 22 March 2009

More This week I was mostly....


This week I was mostly looking forward to the return of that magnificent bastard Malcolm Tucker in the new movie, "In The Loop". Malcolm Tucker, for those of you unaware of this sweary control freak, was the government spin doctor in-chief on Armando Iannucci's The Thick of It. Anyhoo he's back, this time on the big screen with James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, Gina McKee and Tom Hollander. Peter Capaldi plays the role of Alastair Campbell Malcolm Tucker with absolute relish in the TV show and by the looks of it he is in top form in this big screen outing. I cant fucking wait, as Tucker himself said, "Out of the loop? Fuck you. I am the loop." And my favourite Tucker quote, To the editor of the Daily Mail: "If you break this story then I am going to eviscerate you. Now I'm not as educated as you so I don't exactly know what that means, but I think I'll start by pulling your cock off and then just busk it from there!"




This week I was mostly thinking about the scallops and black pudding I had in the Barking Dog on Belfast's Malone Road. As Clay Davis may have said, "Sheeeeeeeeeit, they were good". As was the smoked haddock with crushed new potatoes topped off with a poached egg and béarnaise sauce that I had after that. The Barking Dog is essentially a gastro pub minus the pub. There are three menus to choose from - a restaurant menu, a bar menu and a set menu. We had the restaurant menu.

Little Miss Manuel had the bread to start and the lamb which was sublime despite being cooked just over medium. But then again that's what she asked for. The restaurant menu is pretty well balanced with three fish options, three meat options but alas only one veggie option which considering it's location may work against them. I am learning to love our meat dodging chums. But it was the sweet juicy plump like little ping pong balls scallops that won me over.

Waiter Chum Number One also assures me that their Belly Pork Bites are the "dogs bollocks". I assume that was here way of telling me they were delectable and not that they are actually the testicles of a castrated pooch. Tremendous stuff, I heartily recommend The Barking Dog, get it done, you'd be barking not to.

Barking? So close, so unbelievably close.

Barking Dog
35 Malone Rd
Belfast, BT9 6RU
028 90661885

15 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

Jimmy Bastard said...

Damn you man.. the floor.. you forgot to mention the floor. I spent my entire visit admiring the floor.

...and no! I wisnae drunk and face doon at the time.

Killer said...

Wow you must really like him!!!

I'm thinking that your one of those people who don't just like something...they really like something

Manuel said...

jimmy: the floor eh......I'm not a floor sorta guy, despite being quite close to it .....

kiler: you know killer that really does sum me up quite well......highs n lows, very little middle ground.....

savannah said...

another of your stellar restos ah'll jes havta visit when i finally make my way across the pond again, sugar! ;) xoxo

The Idle Wanderer said...

Saw 'In The Loop' on Monday with a Q&A with the man himself. Well worth seeing. I recommend.

Medbh said...

What's with Gandolfini's voice?
He sounds like a Scientologist.

I don't eat scallops. They taste like eyeballs to me.

rakuette said...

manuel: i'll be right there as soon as i swim this pond.

Medbh: dear god! how many eyeballs have you eaten?

Native Minnow said...

I am so going to use that quote the next time someone tells me I'm out of the loop.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

I do love comedy from your side of the Atlantic. This movie looks interesting to say the least.

Sassy Sundry said...

Oh man, I couldn't read this becuase I was laughing so hard at the poster. Boston is all moony over Shepard Fairey (well, except for the police), and it's getting a bit old. Ha!

Glad the dinner was good.

Medbh said...

Rakuette: none, but that's what I suspect they'd taste like.

Manuel said...

savannah: oh yes, yes you/we will!

Idle blogger: you jammy man.....

Medbh: hahahahah...scallops are amazing when done right hideous when not....you should try them...

rakuette: swim now!

minnow: you're so out of the loop man

steve: it will be a gem....I hope

sassy: it's a good take on the original eh

medbh: if eyeballs taste like little slices of seafoody heaven then yes..! he he he

The Idle Wanderer said...

Idle blogger? You bastard! It's true though...

sinfulorigamipaper said...

The Thick Of It is one of the few things I made an appointment to see in recent years, but some part of me fears it can only go wrong on the big screen. Still, I live in hope.

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