My daughter and I ate supper on Saturday, September 8th at this restaurant. It is in a renovated home, not far from the Avon Theatre. We called late for reservations, and we were told that if we made it over in fifteen minutes or so, they could accommodate us, and have us out in time for the theatre. They lived us to that promise, and so much more!
We drove over, and when we arrived, we were greeted warmly and seated quickly. The menu was a prix fixe menu. We opted for the three courses for approximately $79.00 per person.
First of all, we were brought some delicious rolls with butter. They were wonderful. My daughter, who typically does not eat a lot of bread, ate three of them. Then, they brought us an amuse bouche with assorted slaw. It was excellent.
Our first course was a green pea soup, with some smoked trout on small pieces of crisp bread (smoked trout rillette.) The soup was delicious and the trout accompaniment was superb.
Next, my daughter had the poached pickerel and I had the flatiron steak with green beans, beetroot and a hot mustard sauce. It was absolutely outstanding. My daughter had to try a piece and she was impressed too. Her fish dish, that had pickled cucumber with it, was also first rate.
For dessert, I had the lemon square with honey ice-cream....again, it was delectable. My daughter had a chocolate dessert, with malted chocolate ice-cream, dehydrated chocolate sponge and seabuckthorn berries. It was A+++.
To finish, they brought us a raspberry marshmellow and some berries (can't recall the name), but it was all excellent.
The meal was well-paced and the service was excellent. This was a real treat. In fact, it was one of the best meals I have ever had before, and I don't make that statement lightly.
With wine and tip, the meal came to $207.00 for the two of us. This was not just fine dining...this was perfect. Would I return? Absolutely, without a doubt. We had two couples sharing our side of the room with us, and I overheard pleasing commentary from both tables, over and over again.
The server was very pleasant and he explained any terminology we were unclear of. He did likewise with the other parties, and he even offered some anecdotes and stories about the food, the area, etc.
To conclude, I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. It is superb. You must experience it, in order to believe it. We are lucky to have access to a restaurant of such high calibre. I overheard the American guests saying how impressed they were, and how they were going to tell their friends at home.
When in Stratford, if you truly want to experience fine dining, then go to the Prune. You will not be disappointed...I guarantee it.
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