Because this restaurant is so far down the TripAdvisor ratings we hadn't noticed it when planning our four days in York. We spotted it when we ventured down Fossgate to look at the river, which runs alongside it. Looking at the variety of fish on the menu, we thought we should try it but getting in during St. Nicholas Fayre weekend proved difficult. Fully booked, except Sunday.
Our reservation held for the Sunday evening but the place was full. It's a pleasant location to eat in with scrubbed wooden tables and upright chairs, plus orange walls which give it a flavour of southern France. The food was well cooked or prepared for both starters, mains and puds. The bread comes up freshly baked in what's best described as an over-sized eggcup, accompanied by a baked whole garlic clove. Unfortunately, the base of the 'loaf' wasn't cooked.
The scallop starter was cooked perfectly and was excellently fresh in flavour; the aubergine and goat's cheese used a goat's cheese we'd liked to have bought. We both had stone bass for main which was cooked to expectations but the skin could have been crisper. Desserts were very tasty.
The wine list is very much more extensive than you'd expect from a place of this size.
They add a 10% service charge: it wasn't clear that this went to the staff so we deducted it. The service was, however, very good: friendly but not OTT, you get what you want when you want it.
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