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The Bull

I've just moved to Highgate, and whenever I've driven past this venue, I've always thought it was a gastropub. However, it just looks like a pub from the outside, but is, in fact, a restaurant. Not that that is relevant, it's just that I fancied a gastropub meal yesterday and perhaps that's why I was somewhat disappointed with The Bull.

We were offered bread while we were choosing our food - which in itself was good, and tasted freshly made - but there was no plate to eat it off of, so as a consequence there were crumbs all over the table for the whole meal. I'm not a hygiene freak, but I think at the very least they should have used tongs to serve the bread and given us some clean plates to eat it off of.

No mind, we ploughed on to choosing our dishes, all of which sounded very nice. Duck cooked 2 ways, Salmon with mushroom duxelle, Partridge with foie gras. In the end I plumped for a very tasty herring tartar and my husband chose a surprisingly light gnocchi to start. Unfortunately that was the best the meal got.

I ordered the pork cutlet with mustard sauce and colcannon, and he ordered the aforementioned partridge. Both dishes looked the same mash with meat on top, surrounded by some gravy. The pork should have been served slightly pink but instead, was overcooked and really quite hard to cut through. The partridge was tasty, but again overcooked and contained a piece of shot. The foie gras just tasted like chicken livers, when it should have been melt in the mouth.

My overall feeling is that this restaurant has an interesting menu, but lacks the ability to pull it off. I think this is summed up by the wine list which includes a Petrus at £890 the Bull aims high, but just ends up punching well above its weight.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 2


We booked for my Dad's birthday and were well looked after all night. The food was faultless and the service was very good - we weren't in any rush, otherwise it may have been a tad annoying. Afterwards the chef came and chatted to all the tables including us - very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I had 2 of the dishes from the GB menu TV show (turbot & oxtail, then the strawberry dessert) and would happily recommend them to everyone. The welsh whisky was an eye-opener too. Eat here if you like your food.

Friday, August 03, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

The Gallery @ The Connaught

Another fantastic meal at the Connaught. Everything about it is faultless: the service, the quality of the food, the wine list, the size of the portions. I cannot rave enough about it. The only slightly negative comment I have is regarding the atmosphere - if you want trendy, you're in the wrong place; but if you're happy with quiet and soberish then this is your place. I've eaten both a la carte and from the set menu (which is superb value), and was thrilled with both. Go there have the taste sensation of your life (or at the very least, of your month)!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

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