My wife and I visited last night (Monday) for my 29th birthday. Being a Monday we weren't expecting it to be bustling and indeed when we arrived at about 7.30 we were just the 2nd couple there. It filled out a bit more later but it always felt private and not like we were in other people's pockets (we went recently to somewhere were the two tables of two were so close it was uncomfortable with the pair next to us as we could hear every word of their conversation!).
The service was exemplary and the staff soon identified that we were not as stuffy as some Michelin dinners can be and had a nice line in banter with us over the evening which was playful and welcoming but never crossed the line into annoying - everything was very professional.
The one area I'd recommend is maybe a touch more pro-activity in terms of wine recommendations. I know this is tricky to gauge as some people like to think they're experts (and some people genuinely are) whereas some (like us) are happy to say what we like and have a suggestion of something we might like. Indeed, when we asked for a dessert wine recommendation to go with our dishes the choices were fantastic. For the main list though it just needed a quick check to see if we wanted to get some advice when the menu was delivered. When desserts come round more of a rapport has developed so asking for recommendations at that point seems more natural compared to much earlier in the meal when people who perhaps don't dine in Michelin restaurants that often are not sure of the etiquette!
The food itself was very good, if not quite spectacular. I had rabbit to start which was lovely but perhaps not as flavoursome as it could have been. My wife had quail which she loved.
The mains were venison for me and pork for my wife. Again, I think she got the good end of the deal as she loved hers (apart from an odd browny paste which was hidden under a leaf which we could not identify and she was not a fan of). My venison was exquisite but I don't quite think the accompanying elements lived up to the meat they were served with - it didn't quite hang together as a dish. The gnochhi was the least tasty thing I had all night, it should perhaps have been more in the vein of the croquette amuse bouche we had which was gorgeous, what's more, had I liked the gnochhi I would have wanted 3 as 1 was definitely on the stingy side!
Having said that, I cleared the plate, so this is really splitting hairs - it was still an excellent main course.
Cheese was lovely - steer clear of the epoisses (I think) unless you like the taste of alcohol soaked cheesy feet - it really is very strong but was fun to try.
The desserts, however, were out of this world. I had the chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream and it was heavenly - especially with the portugese dessert wine. My wife had something involving salted caramel and peanuts (I forget exactly!) but she said it was gorgeous and set off perfectly by the recommended madeira.
Then, just when you thought you were done there's post dessert nibbles and more petit four things - I ran out of names for them although I'm sure in french there's a description!
Overall, it was a lovely evening and I'd thoroughly recommend giving them a try. I can't say a michelin restaurant will ever represent good value for money but the experience is unique and one that everyone should do now and again.
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