First thing to say is that this is a very expensive experience. The second thing to say is that sometimes you get what you pay for. I feel i got very good value out of the night despite the expense.
The food was superb, some of it dazzling. For me, the food is normally the be all and end all of a restaurant experience. The wine, staff and ambience can spoil an evening but can't make up for poor food.
But when a restaurant gets all the elements right, you are onto a winner.
Never been that impressed by a sommelier before, but Damon little, Nathan Outlaw's sommelier was excellent and really contributed to a great night. We chose the matched wines option and he did a great job matching the wines and explaining why he had selected the particular wines, a number of which we had never had before.
The front of house staff, who all seem to be german or similar, were without exception excellent.
Finally the food; we had the 8 course seafood tasting menu which i think is all they offer these days. outstanding dishes for me were the turbot with saffron and garlic (i could eat this dish every day for the rest of my life and not get bored), scallop tartare and the crab. The desserts were less successful, being nothing special, but you can't have everything.
Some reviewers have marked the restaurant down for atmosphere and with just 8 tables and 24-26 covers, I am sure if you have a couple of quiet tables it could suffer. luckily on Saturday night it was buzzing.
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