Seventeen course tasting menu

London Welsh lock Jon Mills at press conference

In one of my earlier blogs I mentioned that I was on a 14 week waiting list for a local restaurant that specialised in multiple courses. Well, last Sunday we finally got to experience it.

And what an experience it was - over a 3 hour sitting they brought out 17 courses. Yes, you read that right. Seventeen.

They ranged from Bruschetta, to carpaccio of sea-bass; soup, beef carpaccio, ravioli, steak, razor clams – you name it, we had it. Obviously, these weren’t average sized courses; it was more akin to tapas sized portions. Needless to say, by the time we’d finished the fresh fruit and vanilla pannacotta, most of our party were pretty stuffed! I didn’t feel too bad, but then I’ve always had a healthy appetite. Not as healthy as a front rower, obviously – but I can still put it away!

That wasn’t the last of the food, though. We got chatting to the owner and he asked me what I did for a living. When I told him I was a rugby player, he got really excited and asked us to follow him to the upstairs room. There on the walls were photos of him with Phil Bennett and Lawrence Dallaglio. Out came the camera and I guess I’ll be joining them on the wall soon. As we were leaving he gave us some panettone to take away with us – all in all, it’s got to be up there as one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

We’ve had another arrival at the club this week, Argentine back rower Julio Farias Cabello. He’s got a fair amount of Test experience and will increase our strength in depth in the back five of the scrum. As we head into the business end of the season, that extra competition for places can only be a good thing.

There’s been a lot of media focus on our match against Sale this weekend. To be perfectly honest, we’re treating it as just another game. If we concentrate and play to the best of our ability, then we can win, but regardless, there are another 7 games after this one that are going to demand similar levels of effort and if we can pick up points in those we can control our own destiny. Though I’m sure the supporters will give the atmosphere a little bit of edge!

London Welsh skipper Jon Mills before 17 course meal!

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