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The peace that comes to the man who has dined well at the Grand Hotel at Rome, and sits, after dinner, under the palms in the great winter garden, scores a white mark on the memory of the most <em>blas&eacute;</em> traveller; there is a comfortable richness in the Savoy Restaurant which is all its own, and over the great arched room of Claridge's there glows the nimbus of the old name "The Home of Kings," and there is an indefinable feeling in the place, the appreciation that one is on the threshold of a palace. <br /> <br /> I will try and explain exactly what I mean. Let us begin with the Savoy, and if you will not consider me presumptuous, will you allow me to constitute myself your guide and fellow-diner for one evening? In the new dining-room, with its great marble mantel-piece and its wealth of oriental ornamentation, we can eat, if we choose, a capital <em>table d'h&ocirc;te</em> dinner, or down in the beautifully kept Caf&eacute; and Grill-room we can eat plain food, or the curries of Smiler -- and I hold Smiler to be the best curry cook in England. But to the true <em>gourmet</em>, and I trust we may both consider we have a claim to the title, with time to spare for it, the ordering of the dinner is a preliminary delight, the mental <em>hors d'&oelig;uvre</em> of the feast, and to-night we will not condescend to chops and steaks; but we will hawk our appetites at the <em>haute cuisine</em>. On one of the cards which give a list of the "<em>creations de Joseph</em>" you will find it put in print that Mons. Joseph, the Director of the Restaurant, is ready to give his advice in the arranging of the <em>menu</em>, and will give us the exact price of our dinner in advance if we wish. Of his assistance in the composing of the menu we certainly will avail ourselves. You remember Mons. Joseph of old in Paris at the Marivaux, of course? He has not changed in transit from the Seine to the Thames. He is still the same earnest man, not of many inches, but with the brows of a philosopher, with rather long grey hair, a little grey moustache, and deep brown eyes.</p> <p>Now to business. Mons. Joseph, I know, will discourage us in ordering <em>hors d'a'uvre</em>; but though it may be a Philistine taste, I like beginning my dinner with them. Now, if I have my way, we shall have sole &agrave; la Reichemberg for our fish, which has oysters with it, so instead of oysters, let us begin with <em>caviare</em>. The soup we had better leave to Mons. Joseph's sound judgment: and so we come to the fish. Take the card and read some of the "creations": <em>Sole de Breieuil</em>, <em>Sole &agrave; la Reichemberg</em>, <em>Filets de soles Aim&eacute;e Martial</em>, <em>Sole D' Yvonne</em>, <em>Pommes de Terre Otero</em> -- a delightful dish in which oysters play a principal r&#244;le -- <em>Pommes de Terre de Georgette</em>, <em>Sole Dragomiroff</em>, <em>Pilaf aux Moules</em>, <em>Homard &agrave; la Cardinal</em>, <em>Homard Lord Randolph Churchill</em>, <em>Queue de Homard Archiduchesse</em>, <em>Homard d' Yvette</em>, <em>Dame de Saumon Marcel Pr&eacute;vost</em>, <em>Filets de Macquereau Marianne</em> -- those are Mons. Joseph's list of fish creations.</p> <p>You think we had better leave the selection to Mons. Joseph? Of course you are right; but I hope we shall have <em>Sole &agrave; la Reichemberg</em>. <em>Canard &agrave; la Presse</em> certainly, for it is a special treat to see Joseph with his long thin knives cutting the bird to pieces scientifically. That with perhaps a vegetable dish and a <em>bombe</em> is quite a large enough dinner for two to eat.</p> <p>If we were a large party it might make all the difference; the Savoy caters as sumptuously for big dinners and banquets as any restaurant in the world, as no one knows better than I do, for I was a guest at the world-renowned <em>rouge et noir</em> dinner, and the miracle in green and white which was the return repast; and the row of private dining-rooms looking on to the Thames are the most delightful in Europe.</p> <img src="/nouveau/Savoy_Hotel_Restaurant_London_1906.jpg" width="535" height="400" class="centered" alt="image" /> <br /> <p>We need not trouble to ask the price of the dinner. I have never been overcharged at the Savoy. To get the best material served in the best way amidst the best surroundings one must pay a fair price. One cannot buy diamonds set in gold for the same price as paste and silver; but I can vouch for the reasonableness of the bill. Now we will order our champagne and go home to dress for dinner.</p> <p>We have been lucky enough to have secured a table, not too near, nor too far from the band, for Boldi plays divinely and should be listened to, and yet if we are talking, our conversation should not be interrupted by the music, and we can see all the celebrities who have come to dine. There are titled personages galore, British and foreign; there are artists, statesmen, stockbrokers, millionaires, opera-singers, actresses -- the "smartest" and most varied gathering of diners in the world. Look, too, at the luxurious comfort of your surroundings, the gold of the ceiling, the warm colour of the wall wainscoted with mahogany panelling, the flowers, the shaded lights, the delicate glass and fine napery, the quick and silent attendance; but do not look too long, for our iced <em>caviare</em> has given place to soup, the foundation of which is the famous <em>bouillon</em>, the secret of which I will tell you some day, and the Ma&icirc;tre d'h&#244;tel is watching us with anxious eyes lest we should let it cool.</p> <p>Your dinner is finished. What did you think of it? Excellent? So I thought. The devilled wings and legs of the duck came as a contrast after the slices of the breast, and their rich sauce, did they not? Your bill, as I told you it would be, is a fair one, and now as the diners are thinning out, we will ask Mons. Joseph, if he has time, to let us walk through the kitchens, and introduce us to Mons. Thouraud, the chef.</p> <p>This, the first kitchen, walled with white tiles, is where the roasting and boiling is done for the restaurant (the table d'h&#244;te dining-room has a separate kitchen) and the army of white-coated, white-capped cooks work under Ma&icirc;tre Thouraud, with the discipline of a regiment. Every man has his special work to do, and absolute cleanliness and regularity are the <em>mots d'ordre</em>. On a lower floor we come to the ornamental work of cookery, the pastrycooks' bakery, the making of sugar baskets and flowers, the carving of the ice to make the sculptured <em>socles</em> for <em>bombes</em> and <em>biscuits</em>, and the cool storage places for the fish and the birds and the great joints.</p> <p>That, I think, is enough to show you for one evening. <em>Adieu, Monsieur Joseph. 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