To celebrate the beginning of truffle season, we decided to search the web for a white truffle taster menu. A Google search brought up, among others, a page on Plateau restaurant's website, promising: "To mark the truffle season, our head chef, Allan Pickett, has created a five-course tasting menu using only the very best white truffles. Enjoy it with wines carefully selected by our Head Sommelier to compliment each course....available until 17th December."
We excitedly rang to book. With hindsight, the girl on the end of the phone did seem somewhat vague as to our request for the white truffle taster menu, but went off to enquire with colleagues and returned stating that she thought she knew what we were talking about. Unfortunately, on arrival at our table on the night, that was clearly not the case. There was no white truffle menu. It appears that, somewhere on the restaurant's website, accessible only via Google it turns out, is an 'old' page offering an event from a past year, detailing date and month but unfortunately not stating which year!
It was a classic breakdown in communication. However, the staff on the night could not have been more helpful and did their absolute best to accommodate our expectations by tweaking dishes on their menu to include some truffle elements; the sommelier was fantastic and did a sterling job pairing the resulting dishes with the wines that were available to him. However, ultimately, despite the great food and service, it was not the white truffle extravaganza we had booked for and we were secretly a little disappointed, compounded both by the fact that our final bill reflected the full price of the original event, and that we could have booked exactly what we wanted elsewhere instead. Lesson learned: always double check a Google search via the result's home page!
That said, we will definitely return to the restaurant; false expectations aside, the staff are excellent, as is the food. And the enticing cocktail list definitely requires further investigation!
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