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Shotgun prepared squirrel, framed on a dark background, unintentional winter vegetables

As the new Surrealism Show opens, Confidential announces the special Surrealist Menu the Gallery is serving up

Published on February 6th 2009.

Shotgun prepared squirrel, framed on a dark background, unintentional winter vegetables

It could be massive, it’s certainly magnificent, but Subversive Spaces, the Whitworth Art Gallery’s surrealism show is upon us. We’ll review the show on Monday but Sleuth, our Friday correspondent, was at the Gallery talking to Peter Booth, the friendly Scouser who runs the food there – the best food of any gallery in the North West. Sleuth was on his fourth glass of complimentary red. When Boothy boy mentioned he was doing food to match the Surrealist theme Sleuth thinks this is what he overheard as the menu. Should be very interesting.

The Whitworth Art Gallery Surrealist Menu


A soupcon of Dada, with a surge of Breton leading to a decay of Dali. Jus le ticket

Lapin splayed on a square of lino, avec 11 peas carved to resemble despair in conference with hope

Ipso facto of squid pouting at a Breath of Fresh Air of pigeon, Schneider style

Fungal slice, joy of legume, inch of wasabi. All i’s dotted

Fond fondant with an uncanny echo of your childhood poached through

Picture: A canoe-pie



Cadeaux of salmon, sculpted to look like lamb

Rotunda of beetroot, shaped to look like salmon


Stiff vegetables in a trenchent ragout pour les femmes

Diners can be licked in a place of their choice: the vestibule, the upper gallery, the lower gallery or the stacks

Heavy sticky broth with sticks


Welded meat and mung bean

Torque of lemongrass

Fist of fromage formidable


Shotgun prepared squirrel, framed on a dark background

Unintentional winter vegetables

To be eaten giant Oriental style with a pair of cabers



(Family fact: Did you know that fish are the natural surrealists of the animal world? In fact the deep sea one with the light-bulb on its head invented the whole art form. Also it was a plaice (think about where the eyes are) which invented Cubism. All dance was invented by the Conga Eel.)

Picture: A pair of Beef Wellingtons


Reek of strawberry, shred of balsamic, groan of blackberry

Served in a chicken in a basket, without the chicken

Assiette of dabs of full cream milks

With a hearty laugh of nostalgia

Blindfolded diner. A Selection of Things will be put into your mouth. Guess.

Vodka-mulched shortbread served in an unimaginable bowl

Picture: A classic hotdog

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Coffee bean soup

Mug of 151 Bacardi

Courtesy taxi to a home not of your choice

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Margery MagritteFebruary 6th 2009.

I bet that Michael Rimmingsniffer at Juniper is feeling the dish here of, 'Fist of fromage formidable'.

PA FotpagFebruary 6th 2009.

Welded meat and mung bean.....? This menus been running for ages at the Co-op canteen.

Trevor - The Dali StarFebruary 6th 2009.

I had that Reek of strawberry, shred of balsamic, groan of blackberry, Served in a chicken in a basket, without the chicken once. It multiplied joy with just a vague doubt left in the cleft of my buttocks.

Maitre DFebruary 6th 2009.

You're lucky it's more the Shotgun prepared squirrel, framed on a dark background with unintential vegetables at the MEN

Trevor GrahamFebruary 6th 2009.

That's the funniest thing I've read in ages

DaveFebruary 6th 2009.

Wonderful stuff. The best menu since Posh Nosh; you'll find it on youtube

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