My wife and I, with friends, had dinner here having heard very good reports on the food and service. And other reviewers have also highly recommended it.
We all agreed that this is a very good restaurant but not quite excellent, at least not yet.
The food is superb - well-cooked, and with high-quality, well-balanced ingredients. The menu is well thought out and very imaginative, although the variety of desserts didn't excite us much. My friend thought the bubble and squeak starter was a bit bland, but we were unanimous about the quality and tastes of the other starters and mains. I had the venison, a lovely meat but which so often seems to be over-cooked, or of poor quality. When the waiter asked how I wanted it, I said I'd leave it to the chef - it was a good move. It was faultless and the balance of flavours with the blueberries, pancetta, fennel and tomatoes was spot on.
The staff are clearly trying very hard to please - and ironically that was one of things we weren't keen on. I know another reviewer praised it, but we did not like having every dish explained to us - we knew what it was, we'd just ordered it! That isn't meant to sound churlish, but just to point out that not everyone likes superfluous, over-attention. Also, to say that as my friend likes Rioja, then she would like the house red from Portugal "because it's the same climate" was a strange comment. (Incidentally, the Portuguese house red was excellent.)
The presentation of the food on the plate was very well designed but why did they have to serve one of the dishes on an elongated triangular plate? One of points was over the centre of the table, and another was over the edge of the table - it was ludicrous and I thought "silly" plates had gone the same way as Nouvelle Cuisine. As my friend said when we chatted through with the maitre d' at the end, they "should let the food do the talking" - it's certainly good enough.
Finally, the petits fours were a treat but the espresso was cold and had to be replaced, it certainly didn't look like espresso (no crema) and tasted more like standard filter stuff.
A few minor criticisms but La Rock isn't cheap - if it was bog-standard prices, these comments wouldn't be warranted. And they're easily overcome - the maitre d'/owner (not sure which), asked what we thought, listened and thanked us. What more could you ask?
Despite the relatively minor crticisms, I would thoroughly recommend a visit.
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