Bright Courtyard

On a rather sunny day, we attended a radiant wedding at Bright Courtyard.  On such a glamorous occasion, I felt that I had to turn up with my big sparkly camera.  Hopefully, the food will look more true to life because I am making the effort.

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Suckling pig with jelly fish.  The pig was crispy and tasty, and the jelly fish was soft and squishy.

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Crab claws with minced prawn.  The crab was lovely, hidden inside the deep fried minced prawn.  What’s not to like?  Succulent crab flesh without the work.

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Lobster with ginger and spring onion.  I actually thought this was crab for one moment but realisation dawned when I spied the head.  A bit too small for a crab.  A lovely soft, juicy and smooth dish.  Although I have to admit that I have become a little bit of a lobster connoisseur as Burger and Lobster now means that this king of seafood is now within the reach of the masses, i.e. me.

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Crispy chicken.  A staple of many Chinese dinners I have had.  In this case, the skin was sadly a little soft, probably because it had been standing under the heating lights in the kitchen for a while as the staff had to serve all 200 guests simultaneously.

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Prawns and scallops.  The scallops were lovely, cooked just right avoiding the rubberiness of overcooking although the prawns were a touch overdone.

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Pigeon.  It was unfortunate that this came after the chicken as although it had a different taste, the effort required to sample this delicacy detracted from its enjoyment with other more easily attainable dishes around.

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Sea bass.  Here was the star of the show.  Lightly cooked in soya sauce, the delicate flavour of the fish along with its soft flesh reminded me of why I love this fish when it is cooked well.  The sauce in particular was very tasteful, especially when drizzled over white rice.

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Abalone and mushrooms.  I admit to suffering from a bit of food fatigue at this point and was consequently unable to give a real opinion on this.

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Baby spinach.  Got to have the vegetables.  A nice little light end to the day.

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Lotus leaf rice.  Although tasting ok, it did not have the wow factor as the rice was a bit too wet for me.

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Double happiness.  Little lotus and sesame balls.  I love deep fried desserts and these were not to prove an exception.

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Red bean soup.  Not my favourite to be honest as I would have happily finished on a fried note.  Although those that prefer a creamier end may be more satisfied with this.

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Fresh fruit.  What I thought was a nice healthy end to the meal.  Just normal fruits here, nothing to shout about.

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Wedding cake.  Unlike a typical wedding cake.  This was lovely and creamy yet airy.  No mean feat given what I suspect was the extremely high caloric content.

I was impressed that the restaurant managed to handle such a large simultaneous dinner (200+ people) with very few hiccups.  Although there were a couple of points that they could have improved, the overall impression was that they were well able to handle such a difficult task.  To provide a review of the more typical dinner, I will need to return on another occasion.  However, my experience so far bodes well for such an experiment.

 

A quiet eating 7/10.

Price unknown.

 

Bright Courtyard

43-45 Baker Street

Marylebone

London W1U 8EW

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