All reader reviews by robert henson
Having just read a recent (feb 2008) review I must disagree with some of the comments made.I took three friends for dinner on Friday 12th April, and enjoyed an outstanding meal, starting with bread, three types, which were faintly warm from the oven, and were utterly delicious, what's more the butter (keens salted farmhouse butter, i'm told) was simply perfect.
I had a pizzetta with roasted cep, confit potato, reblochon cheese and white truffle oil, which was really good and a great combination of flavours, others ordered jellied hamhock, with rhubarb cheese ( a post-war british rationing recipe, apparently), potato, wild garlic and parmesan soup(silky and moreish) and a fabulous dish of anchovies, red wine soaked goats cheese, aioil and soldiers.Quite honestly as good as I've eaten in so called gastronomic restaurants at twice the price.
Our main courses were again exceptional - salt-cured duck breast, morcilla, puy lentils, and a dressing of veal jus, olive oil and amontillado sherry.....which was a serious piece of cooking. A roasted skate-wing, with shrimp butter, chips and watercress salad was so fresh and simple, it won us over completely.My companions ordered line-caught mackerel, with pea-shoot, smoked bacon and new potato salad, (again perfectly simple, but perfectly executed.) and an unusual veal shank pie, different but gorgeous.
We had little room for pudding, but the peanut butter ice cream and jam tartlet was something to rave about, totally delicious.we sneaked in a cute little chocolate and lavender cake with whisky cream, and i'm glad we did because
it was really something for the tastebuds to sit up and notice.
Our waiter informed us there's a new chef(of six month's so not that new, actually) and he's really settling in well, I could only concur.
Service was prompt, polite and inobtrusive, and the wine matched the food very well indeed.SO, I recommend this place wholeheartedly, you can't please everyone, but you can have a good go at it.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10