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Restaurant Review


Panoramic Restaurant - Kempton Park Racecourse By Monica Chard


We came out of the lift on the second floor and were shown into a spectacular glass front- ed restaurant and bar. There was a full moon and the floodlights were illuminating the course stretching out before us. People below were scurrying around the Tote, checking out odds. It was very atmospheric and promised an evening of excitement.


Inside, the restaurant was modern and well laid out, with tables side on to the race course, complete with TV screen so you could check out the odds, the form, the horses and jockeys, or catch up on the last race. On the top level of the restaurant lies the bar area, where you can have a drink and watch the races in comfort, or use the neat modern sofas laid out along the whole length. There is plenty of room, and the tables could take a party of 6-8 (indeed the one next to us had a family party of seven). We had arrived mid way through the races, so we had to get our priorities right. Drinks were ordered. (The drinks menu offers anything from draft Guinness to £165 bottles of cham- pagne for those lucky winners.) Now...what were we going to bet on?! Of course you could just come to Kempton to enjoy the at- mosphere, but it would be a shame not to have a flutter. Last time I was here with the family


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Mr C’s youngest son had developed the strat- egy of placing his £1 bet on number 1 horse in any race….He was the only one of our group who won anything!! So in his honour I chose no 1. Mr C studied the form and read the sum- mary in the booklet provided on our table. We didn’t even have to move from the comfort of our booth. The Tote lady came along and took our bets for us, wishing us a hearty good luck! Now, hang on a second, this is restaurant review...What about the food? The menu is not extensive. That is usually a sign that what you get will be good. Too much choice is often not a good thing. There is a kids menu available including crowd pleasers such as fish and chips and pizza. The adult menu offers some enticing sharing platters of antipasti or seafood. Accompanied by the fresh bread and oil platter this would make a great and generous starter. I opted for salmon and crab cake to start. It came on a plate with slightly spicy salsa and dressed rocket. The cake had a nice crispy coating and went down well.


Mr C chose the asparagus which again was beautifully presented with crispy Palma ham and poached egg with hollandaise. The egg was soft and runny and the crispy salty ham balanced the dish well in terms of taste and texture.


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