We had a midweek lunch in the brasserie and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The brasserie is comfortable and airy though there are no views from the windows other than the road. There were only a few other diners so it's difficult to judge how noisy the room gets.
Natalia who was the main front of house was excellent. She could answer our questions about the menu and was efficient and friendly without being intrusive. She spotted that I had ordered meatless dishes so checked whether I was ok with their non- veggie Parmesan.
The set menu is very good value. We didn't order from this and ended with a bill of around £100 for the two of us for three courses plus coffee and petite fours and three glasses of wine. Given the quality of food, drink and service this represented very good value.
So, to the food. I had courgette flower beignets which came with a very pretty salad garnished with flowers. My companion had the seasonal salad which was full of local seasonal veg.
I had the veggie main on offer which was a melt in the mouth onion tart on broccoli purée with a crispy deep fried poached egg on top. This came with another pretty salad - much needed as the dish was very rich. Jeff had pollock which he pronounced perfectly cooked and he raved about the cubes of waxy new potatoes.
His pud was the pineapple carpaccio with chilli. This was again beautiful. The only slightly jarring note was my pud - ice- cream. It tasted heavenly - particularly the rhubarb sorbet. The presentation was poor though - three semi- formed scoops plonked in a bowl with no biscuit or other accompaniment. Given how beautiful the rest of the food looked this did strike an odd note.
There was redemption however in the shape of the petite fours with the coffee which looked and tasted great.
We could certainly see why the chef has a Michelin star and we will be back as soon as we have a good excuse.
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