A long, long time ago I was in a restaurant with my Aunt and, because the lighting was so subdued, she struck a match to inspect her dinner when it was served.
It was bit like that here... but I didn’t have any matches. The waiter sympathised but explained that when all of the lights are on it’s too bright.
I can see that, on a bright summer’s evening the light streaming through the historic windows would be great... but on a dismal, moist March evening I think that I’d have been prepared to take a risk and switch the lights on (or get some free-standing lamps).
That, though, is about all the criticism I can offer... the restaurant is located in the upper floor of fantastic old building on the harbour-side. It’s a large but pleasant room. I like the sails in the ceiling, the decent tablecloths and proper napkins. The staff were pleasant, approachable and able to explain menu items when asked. Talking of the menu... the one we had was printed on standard A4 paper. It seemed to be a long term menu, rather than just for today, so I think I’d invest in some higher quality paper, more in keeping with the overall feel of the place.
The wine list is nicely laid out, comprehensive without being overwhelming and had some interesting and unusual options at reasonable prices.
The food was good... scallops to start were tasty, of good texture and cooked well. The puree and sauce was good too. My wife had bream with crab cake and seafood veloute. All of which was excellent... although the generously sized crab cake was a bit lacking in crab flavour (actually a lot lacking).
My pork belly was rather good. Less fatty than some you come across meaning the meat was of a firmer texture but that’s the way I like it. The chicken, chorizo & bean stew upon which it was served was quite refined and full of flavour. The star of the whole meal, though, was the crackling... dry crisp and melt in the mouth. How do they get it like that?
Desserts of chocolate and salted caramel tart with ice cream and a lemon brulee with ice cream were very good too.
We went on a Groupon offer... sometimes you feel that on these deals you may be getting a ‘little less’ than proper customers. That wasn’t the case here... we had a very pleasant evening out with good food and service and would certainly be happy to pay full price next time. Sort out the lighting, though, eh?
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