This is My Favorite Restaurant in the Entire World — The Meat Show

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

We are about to go into my favorite restaurant
on Earth, St. John. This is the place where I think meat cooking
has reached a zenith. I don’t think my career
would exist as it does if it wasn’t for this place which really pioneered
nose-to-tail dining. So, let’s go in there. Let’s meet the man himself, Fergus Henderson. Let’s eat a few of the dishes and I will reveal to you why
this is my favorite restaurant. (groovy pop music) Now, we are back in the
kitchen of St. John. This is Jonathan Woolway. You are the chef at St. John. We’re gonna go through a couple of dishes. Let’s talk about the bone marrow, first. – [Jonathan] Yeah, it’s
the middle-cut section from a veal leg and–
Okay. So it’s not quite as big as the– – [Jonathan] Not quite as big. – [Nick] So, probably
more tender marrow, right? Yeah, and just slightly
more delicate in flavor and then we’re just gonna
roast those through the oven, toast some of our homemade
white bread on there, classic salad for the bone
marrow, never changes. This is picked flat-leaf parsley. It’s not chopped; it’s just
what Fergus calls disciplined, (Nick laughing)
so we just give it a couple of dinks with a knife and then it just behaves
itself on the plate. Here we go, look at that. – [Nick] So, you call
that dancing, is that it? – [Jonathan] Dancing on the top. (rock guitar music) – [Nick] The next dish we’re doing is the, is the lamb sweetbreads?
Lamb, lamb sweetbreads, peas, bacon, and mint. Okay, let’s explain to the
audience what sweetbreads are because people get pretty
freaked out by them, but they are actually one
of the most delicious things you can eat.
Absolutely, yeah. I mean, it’s basically the
thymus gland from a lamb. Young lambs have larger sweetbreads and then as the lamb matures, the sweetbread becomes smaller and smaller until it’s reached its peak. So, by the time it’s mutton, there will be Pretty much nonexistent
none, just nothing. or just like a little straggly Right.
gland in there. – [Nick] These are beautiful
plump milky-white looking– Beautiful. Then, we’re just gonna
fry these up in a pan and then put a spoonful of
these lovely braised peas, shallots and bacon
How? and then I’m gonna finish it with some fresh mint, like so. Ox heart, so you’ve got some beetroot here with a touch of red onion and some garlic. We’ve just trimmed the excess fat off
Okay. which we then use for dripping. Now, I’m just gonna season this up. It’ll be delicious. Ox heart straight on the plate. Over the top, then, with the
resting juices from the heart and a touch of horseradish
creme fraiche on the side. (rock guitar music) – [Nick] It’s a good way to start the day. Here you go, sir. Thank you, much. Any time you get to meet one of the seminal meat masters on Earth, you’ve got to celebrate the occasion. So, thank you so much for appearing on my humble show.
Pleasure. This man revolutionized British dining, revolutionized the way that we eat meat, but I think that the
ramifications went worldwide. (rock guitar music) Okay, well, let’s not
beat around the bush. Let’s get right into the ox heart with the beets and the horseradish. There is a hint of pink in there. It’s, you know, just medium. Really, it really smells
like a steak frite, like that classic searing that you get on the outside
of like a coulotte steak. (upbeat guitar music) It’s certainly a lot chewier
than a steak would be, but no less flavorful. I mean, it tastes like the animal. This tastes like beef; it tastes like ox. Because the heart’s in constant use, it doesn’t really get a lot of fat. It’s constantly moving. You know, the most tender
things on the animal are the things that the
animal uses the least. The heart, of course,
is literally being used and every moment that
that animal is alive, this thing is beating. That’s why it’s not gonna
have the striation of fat. It’s not gonna have the tenderness, but it has all the flavor
and all of the soul, too. Let’s go for the sweetbreads, next. This, to me, is like (sighing), it smells like spring in Britain. And, look at that, just creamy,
creamy delicious innards. (upbeat guitar music) If you’ve never had sweetbreads, you’re really missing out on something. It’s almost, in terms of texture, it’s gentle and delicate like a scallop, but there’s a creaminess to it and then it these tangs, like this earthy tang to
it, but it’s on the finish. It’s not gamey like mutton,
but it’s definitely, there’s definitely an earthiness to it. I don’t know anywhere on earth that there’s sweetbreads that
are as compelling as this, really sort of vibrant, delicious cooking. So, here is the signature
dish of this restaurant, a dish that has been as
influential, I think, in the last 20 years
as any restaurant dish anywhere on Earth in
that same time period: house made bread, the
roasted bone marrows, the parsley salad, the salt. What they’ve given us is
actually a lobster scoop. This is perfect for getting the marrow out of the bones, just scoop it. As you whip it around, you break it up and then you just see these sort of gelatinous lumps of marrow just sort of rising up through the ooze. Flip this guy around,
(utensil scraping) you’ve broken it up, so the way that they, you
do it is you smear it, a little dabble of the parsley
and then some of that salt. (crunching) Mm, it’s such a remarkable dish because it like it’s almost like limitless in its boundaries, yet
everything is so constrained and everything sort of
balances itself out. You get the crunch from the salt. You get the crunch from the bread. It’s really just so balanced in every way. Bone marrow is just really
fatty, greasy, oily. It coats your entire palate
in, it’s not really harsh, it’s not viscous, it’s
very gentle in its coating. It’s almost liquid by the time it makes it in
makes it into your mouth. Can’t say enough things
about this bone marrow. It really is one of my favorite dishes. So, if you’ve been following my career for any period of time, you know why this would
be my favorite restaurant. I have eaten at St. John
more times than I can count because what they do here is they give you the best flavor
that each cut can get you and there’s no reason why one
piece of the animal should be any more delicious than the other. It’s just about how do you extract the maximum flavor from it? And I think that’s what’s
great about this restaurant. But stripping away all the
fineries of fine dining, by stripping away the music, the sound of this
restaurant is people dining. It’s the sound of glass and china getting hit with knives and forks. This represents what I think meat cooking and eating should be, so my advice to you is to
not miss out on St. John. Obviously you have to get the bone marrow, but don’t be afraid of
anything else on the menu. I guarantee you it’s
on there for a reason. It’s all delicious. It’ll open up new horizons for you. And, let’s face it, it’s cheaper
than eating prime steaks, so, a good way to save money, too. Thanks very much for watching. For the next episode, click here now. – [Chef] Put in there, not a huge amount, a bit of lemon juice,
extra virgin olive oil, I mean, this is basically– (rock guitar music)


Jimmy Conway

Sep 9, 2018, 10:00 pm Reply

Ketamine ??

Ch Chh

Sep 9, 2018, 3:39 am Reply

Theres a r in parsley. Its not pahsley

Gabriel Chan

Sep 9, 2018, 8:59 am Reply

I am a vegan and I subscribed to this channel

live big

Sep 9, 2018, 6:47 pm Reply

N to the O thank you. No way I would pay for that. Way better food out there

Scott R

Sep 9, 2018, 4:08 am Reply

It’s gonna be a hard pass on all of that…


Sep 9, 2018, 2:49 am Reply

OMG these meals look amazing. I always get made fun of when I eat these foods but I love it.

Akram Ali

Sep 9, 2018, 7:01 pm Reply

most disgusting


Sep 9, 2018, 8:24 pm Reply

Come eat in Turkey you idiot, you are eating plain meat carcass…

Ser Bronn of the Fookin Blackwater

Sep 9, 2018, 10:42 pm Reply

The owner looks like he has Parkinson's

Max MJ

Oct 10, 2018, 4:03 am Reply

Bone marrow is the best.

benjamin a

Oct 10, 2018, 12:08 pm Reply

The owner looks mentally disabled/impaired


Oct 10, 2018, 12:02 am Reply

Man that owner seriously should see a doctor, face like that might mean a hart condition.

Ian McFarlane

Oct 10, 2018, 9:56 pm Reply

This must be what all meat looks like to vegans.


Oct 10, 2018, 10:06 am Reply

I want a job where I can go around and eat food for free too… where do I apply ?

Jose Lopez

Oct 10, 2018, 4:43 pm Reply

You lost me at "More tender marrow." How can you get more tender than jello? Fk outta here

nathen dube

Oct 10, 2018, 4:23 am Reply

Bourdain did this exact episode on the first episode of a Cook’s tour in 2001, GTFOH

David De La Toba

Oct 10, 2018, 11:10 pm Reply

Someone give him a napkin

infantrybrain xs

Oct 10, 2018, 9:11 pm Reply

If you want me to pay more than 3.50 for those atrocities you crazy


Nov 11, 2018, 4:10 am Reply

British food lol gross

Charlie Furneaux

Nov 11, 2018, 11:01 pm Reply

You gotta fix that volume…its terrible


Nov 11, 2018, 1:04 am Reply

«Let’s not beet around the bush»……….

Dwayne Richardson

Nov 11, 2018, 11:32 pm Reply

Had bone marrow at Roast in Detroit. Delicious.

Michael Evans

Nov 11, 2018, 3:05 am Reply

lol!!! he basically eating food they threw away to slaves!!! now it's a high priced delicacy!!!

Gat Karol de Leon

Nov 11, 2018, 3:29 pm Reply

That Bone Marrow is called a Blackhole in our place

Cool Breeze

Dec 12, 2018, 1:15 am Reply

Love marrow.

iHateStolen?Clickbait &FakeContent

Dec 12, 2018, 6:25 pm Reply

All that you went is your favourite don't make us idiots

Ryan Demello

Dec 12, 2018, 6:44 pm Reply

wobbly ass table


Dec 12, 2018, 4:32 am Reply

Every time Nick says "coats the entire pallete," a person somewhere in the world dies from suicide.

Goobfilm cast

Dec 12, 2018, 4:50 am Reply

Fergus looks like the anthromorphization of Gout

Dean Khan

Jan 1, 2019, 10:16 am Reply

Wtf is schmearing? Pompous git the word is smear…

Morpheus X

Jan 1, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Fire the audio engineer/video editor. Normalize the damn audio levels. This is barely above a whisper. You have to raise the volume to levels that make it heart attack inducing whenever an alert or any other system sound occurs.

Jayson Gomes

Jan 1, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

WWE Michael Cole eating out


Jan 1, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

I have the video paused 0:04 right now and I'm willing to bet he will describe the flavor as being "umami" at least once.

jeffrey Barney

Jan 1, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

Bone marrow is delicious because it has a texture and flavor of fat. It’s not… it’s a denatured protein which is amazingly delicious!

Arthur Wayne Rainey

Jan 1, 2019, 1:27 am Reply

Fergus? Nah that Uncle Dudley from the Harry Potter novels

Milo The Russian Blue

Jan 1, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

Bone marrow is amazing.


Jan 1, 2019, 12:20 pm Reply

Jesus, what bothers me is that wine in his glass. I mean who poured that.


Jan 1, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

I don't think that was Fergus' first drink

tom Robert

Jan 1, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

It's not your favorite place to eat prime rib though is it?

Ray Mak

Jan 1, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

Bone marrow is heaven

Edgar Montaño

Jan 1, 2019, 3:57 am Reply

Ven a Mexicali Mexico. Acá hay buenos huesos (tuétano)


Jan 1, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

Fergus Henderson has a bit of the Innsmouth look to him.


Jan 1, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

1) Get him a table that doesnt jiggle

2) Get him a bigger glass of wine – Nope, nevermind

Cognitive Science

Feb 2, 2019, 8:06 am Reply

That food looks disgusting, something I’d feed to slaves if I were some villainous warlord.

critical over

Feb 2, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

For the life of me i can’t figure out if Nick is British or American


Feb 2, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

Fergus looks like the one dude who survived (barely) Hannibal's attack.

White Lion

Feb 2, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

Next restaurant down the street serves kangaroo ass

Rene Hernandez

Feb 2, 2019, 4:36 am Reply

Do u get paid for eating and reviewing food ? I want your job. How much do you get paid over 6 figures.?

Green Hat

Feb 2, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

The table being unstable is getting on my nerves

Bandit Wire

Feb 2, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

So pretentious… for what??

Lou Sensei

Feb 2, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

The owner doesn't appear to be human?

Douglas K. Young

Mar 3, 2019, 4:40 am Reply

Try a Chablis with the marrow next time….
And thanks for this entire London series. It will greatly enrich the trip I planned a few months hence.

Josh Langston

Mar 3, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurant

St Cam

Mar 3, 2019, 8:00 pm Reply

Thanks for uploading this!


Mar 3, 2019, 4:53 pm Reply

Every restaurant he goes to is his favorite.


Mar 3, 2019, 6:12 am Reply

Once again the comments section on YouTube is better than the actual video

Kent Tan

Mar 3, 2019, 1:51 pm Reply

Bro try Philippines's bulalo if your talking about bone marrow

Trump’s Bane

Mar 3, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

I like the show but this particular meal has no appeal to me.

Benjamin Siegel

Mar 3, 2019, 12:10 pm Reply

British food sucks

Nayan Mipun

Mar 3, 2019, 2:21 pm Reply

Vegetarian dishes too please

Jimothy Snooker

Mar 3, 2019, 8:52 pm Reply

I have absolutely no doubt that bone marrow is rich and flavorful but the texture is so off-putting I can't say I would order it. I'd try it, though.

Simbarashe Kunedzimwe

Apr 4, 2019, 12:56 pm Reply

This can never be my favourite restaurant based on the items served in the video, i mean ergh

Amrit Minhas

Apr 4, 2019, 10:17 pm Reply

Homie looks like the "yes" guy from the Simpsons

Wilman Anugrah

Apr 4, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

fix the table please…

Johnathan Sanford

Apr 4, 2019, 12:55 pm Reply

Soon to be Sir Fergus Henderson…reminds me of a character from a Stephen King novel.


May 5, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

Can't believe they got rid of this guy. Literally the only person who can describe the food in such detail.


May 5, 2019, 9:01 am Reply

Why does he look inherently like a douchebag?


May 5, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

Would someone please tell Fergus he's still alive. He's one more bone marrow away from being a mummy.

Tone Ham

May 5, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

I don't like this guy because he descriminates I seen him eat the Kobe beef in another video and didn't smell it before he took a bite … You can tell he's prejudice I will no longer watch him

Apple Jack

May 5, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

I will never knowingly eat organs. But if heart ever fall in my mouth and I love it let's go!


May 5, 2019, 3:22 am Reply

How come this guy doesnt make anymore videos?

Texas 2.5 BBQ

May 5, 2019, 3:47 am Reply

I now want to visit the UK for this one restaurant. Wow. Awesome review, thank you! ??


May 5, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Nose-to-tail dining – or as it's known in Asia, 'dining'.

The Preacher 36

May 5, 2019, 11:17 pm Reply

"Mmmh creamy delicious innards"


brad currie

Jun 6, 2019, 7:14 pm Reply

Want some KFC ?


Jun 6, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

… What?

Big eye Tuna

Jun 6, 2019, 6:46 am Reply

Oh yeah, with baby gnocchi!!! Just primo, guys this is even better than it looks??

Porn HUB

Jun 6, 2019, 12:10 am Reply

You say this about every food and every restaurant

Headless Chicken

Jun 6, 2019, 6:19 am Reply



Jun 6, 2019, 10:04 pm Reply

This guy is no critic. His views are biased.

Jeno Tamas

Jun 6, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

Nick asks a question then interrupts the Chef by answering the question himself. No wonder he always eats alone

Frank Lyle Bobongie

Jun 6, 2019, 10:39 am Reply


Benedict Solpico

Jul 7, 2019, 4:44 pm Reply

Bulalo with Toast 😀

J Tanashi

Jul 7, 2019, 10:06 am Reply

Butter Crust wants their shirt back!


Jul 7, 2019, 7:40 pm Reply

This guy is verbose (and used to be a white supremecist); but St. John is an amazing restaurant and deserves the glory that it is given here

Mike Ford

Jul 7, 2019, 7:40 pm Reply

Brilliant to see great unloved foods starting to come back into their own ..also try oxtail! Fantastic!

Silent Spectre

Jul 7, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

Is that tats or just really hairy arms?

Scott Howard

Jul 7, 2019, 1:49 pm Reply

Holy christ, the owner is cocked , ahah

Got Game

Jul 7, 2019, 1:14 am Reply

Ox heart? I’ll pass

Steven A. M.

Jul 7, 2019, 4:57 am Reply

Cows with leukemia should get first shot at the cow bone marrow. No fair.

Steven A. M.

Jul 7, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

Bone marrow….????

michael dixon

Jul 7, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

Nah. You Bri’s can keep your faire.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:53 am Reply

Why does he look like the guy from human centipede?

rho y.

Jul 7, 2019, 11:19 am Reply

It would have been better if the bone marrow is dry aged.

Derrick Williamson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:18 pm Reply

With that raw ass meat yuck?!!!! nasty asses

Tony Starks

Jul 7, 2019, 8:13 am Reply

So what's the best restaurant you've ever ate in.. this is my favorite restaurant

Frosty Ghost

Aug 8, 2019, 10:17 am Reply

I’ll take the marrow dish.

Jimmy Rogers

Aug 8, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

That was chit.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:58 pm Reply

Why eat real mean then you can taste organs


Aug 8, 2019, 9:32 pm Reply

Terrific food. Horrific 3 bottom boxy blazer. Lol

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