My partner and I visited the Quex Barn today for the first time since it had opened.
The staff were friendly and accommodating and the restaurant itself has been beautifully finished.
However the meals themselves weren't quite there just yet.
Choosing from the set menu for £10 my partner started off with the mushroom risotto, unfortunately leaving much to be desired. Our Initial thoughts were on the well presented dish however it appeared quite loose/wet for a risotto; nevertheless we both tucked in (sharing is caring right?) The consistency wasn't there to start and the risotto (normally a one pot meal) seemed to be constructed separately, with what appeared to be steamed rice with a creamy sauce containing peas and carrots (why the peas and carrots, who knows? After all this was meant to be a mushroom risotto) and wild mushroom varieties placed on top. In addition we also felt that the parmesan you'd expect to find in a risotto was missing. In all however despite the missing cheese, the flavours were there but not as a risotto. When the waiting staff came to pick up our plate we wasn't asked how the dish was (another downside, as constructive criticism is always good) instead we got a smile before quickly picking up the plate and walking off.
Onto the mains. Myself choosing the pan fried sea bass with pea puree and Brendon having the pork loin. These were good but we felt that a little bit more seasoning and these dishes could have been GREAT! Still the flavours were good and they soon got demolished.
Dessert (where sharing is not caring) I chose the chocolate parfait with coulis. Initially again beautifully presented. Regrettably the parfait itself was still solid/frozen, so after leaving it 5 minutes (extremely difficult leaving a dessert in front of me for that long) the parfait had defrosted enough to break into with a spoon and from that point onwards it was amazing, it was rich chocolate with a light sponge that worked well with the coulis.
All in all a good meal but with room for improvement (to make it GREAT) which is understandable of-course for such a new establishment!
I would definitely recommend going and I will be going back in the near future. Fingers crossed that the minor problems are ironed out and the Quex Barn continues to be a great eatery in Canterbury.
Wishing the owners the best of luck in the future
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