This is not the MC Cafe Bar on the ground floor of the Abode Hotel, but the Michael Caines Restaurant and Champagne Bar on the 5th floor. Reviews seem to have all been piled together with the Cafe Bar.
We were there last Thursday!
This was An Evening with Michael Caines at Abode Chester on Thursday 19th August.
This was the first of what will be regular events three times a year where Michael takes us through the menu and his Sommelier describes the wines chosen to accompany them.
Michael and Stuart Collins, the executive chef at the hotel, created the four courses and we had by chance heard of this which fitted perfectly for our plans for a special celebration.
The evening started with an opportunity to meet Michael during a champagne reception in the champagne bar next to the restaurant on the fifth floor of the hotel. Delicious canapés were brought round and Michael circulated and spoke to everyone.
The courses, once we were seated were: Salad of Confit Potato, Almond crusted haddock, Macclesfield beef fillet, Rapberry cremeux and followed by coffee and petit fours accompanied by 12 year old Jamaican rum.
Disappointingly our table, No 5, was slightly to one side, one felt in an ‘overflow’ room, however we were close to the speakers so could follow what they were saying clearly, and were served food promptly which was a benefit as in the main room it seemed to take ages to get the food out. The wine waiters were generous too...My husband is not a fan of truffles, so I did well with the first course! All the food was perfectly prepared, cooked and presented. It was difficult to pick a highlight, as Michael asked us afterwards, either the fish or the meat, but all was superb.
The choice of wine was interesting, not what we would have chosen (no Burgundy for instance, in fact no French wine apart from champagne, and there was plenty of that!) but complemented the food very well.
We were back in our room at about 11.30pm, so the evening lasted four and a half hours. The cost was £75 per head which included everything so was excellent value for money. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and would recommend it to anyone who was interested in ‘fine dining’.
We were told that the next events are on 20th Octgober and 9th December. We only found out about last Thursday by chance, even though I had filled in a card when the hotel opened with email address.