I visited the restaurant for dinner with my husband, we were both delighted that it was re-open again after the fire damage. I have visited several times a year over the last 12 years or so. As usual, lovely modern decor and helpful, attentive and friendly staff.
We decided on the special 'three courses for £25' as our favourite mains were on the list. We both ordered the 'Congee Shiso Yuzu and Tempura Shiitake' to start, which is basically an 'island' of risotto surrounded with a sauce and topped with a mushroom tempura. The risotto was very average unfortunately and the 'sauce' tasted like a completely flavourless gravy, the mushroom tempura was nice however.
A bit of a disappointing start after we had really looked forward to eating here again.
For main course, I ordered the "Come Pine with Me" Rosti, it was nice, but the portion was very small, It was the size of a small saucer and very thin, a bit like a tiny pancake at £14.65 (if ordered on the a la carte menu) it was poor value, I was still hungry afterwards.
My husband ordered the "Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish" which is "fish and chips' made from battered halloumi, my husband has ordered this dish many times in the past and enjoyed it this time. Served with chips and mushy peas, it was a much more substantial meal.
The puddings were divine !
My husband ordered the Nosey and Nutty Slack Parkin, I ordered the Cinnamon dusted doughnut straws with Arabica and cocoa dipping sauce with brandy chantilly, it was VERY chocolaty and very nice !
On the whole it was a good experience, but I think having a problem with two out of three courses needs a bit of work on their part. I will give it another try in a couple of weeks.
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