Went with my wife, sister and good friend along for a lovely Sunday lunch. We all decided to have the 3 course £50 option including 2 bottles of wine. From the start our entrance the amouse bouche's for each of us were really amazing, very fresh, smooth and full of flavour. 2 of us had the "Risotto" of Celeriac with Smoked Eel and Parsley, 1 had the Ceviche of Hand Dived Scallops with Kohlrabi, Seaweed Oil and Frozen English Wasabi and the last Steamed White Asparagus with Duck Ham and Morels Cooked in Earl Grey Tea. The risotto wasn't a real one but was a clever substitute of potato bits croquant (slightly raw) to give it a crunchy bite. The smoked eel was subtle and not overpowering. On the whole very good but not quite amazing. The scallops were unbelievable, you could smell the sea, taste the waves and it drew you straight into the dish which was full of fresh flavour. The steamed white asparagus was perfectly cooked but slightly under-seasoned but nothing you can throw out the door.
For our mains we had Cornish Turbot with Peas, Asparagus and Morels. Roast Breast and Confit Leg of Pigeon with Red Vegetables and Leaves, Foie Gras and Cherry Blossom and Short Rib of Ruby Red Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper and Cepes. I must say the Turbot and Pigeon are the best 2 dishes for fish and pigeon I have ever tasted and were really amazing. Personally the beef dish was amazing but not the best ever tasted by my friend, but hey I am being highly critical here between best ever tasted and not so it was still excellent.
For dessert we chose the Pavé of Chocolate with Milk Pureé and Lovage Ice Cream, Mille Feuille of Mango with Vanilla and Kaffir Lime Ice Cream and Passion Fruit Soufflé with Sauternes Ice Cream. Now I must say I thought I had tasted the best ever souffle at the Ritz but my wife assures me this was better and even a bite to savour was enough to agree. The Mille Feuille in my view was sublime, subtle, not sweet, perfect. As an extra we got the Pavé of Chocolate with Milk Pureé and Lovage Ice Cream given to us which was a lovely compliment and in a way was really lovely but was between us our least favourite dish so what we had chosen was perfect for the occasion.
Decor is very light, a little bland but still done in good taste, seating is limited and not too close together to generate a good atmosphere but not be too noisy. Everyone was friendly and greeted us as we came into the restaurant. All our waiters were really good and well versed in the food presented. Now my friend and sister are both choosy on their wines so I knew the sommelier was going to have a hard time getting us the choice we all agreed on but after a good discussion between us all we decided to get the 2010 Lirac Blanc, Cuvée de la Reine des Bois, Domaine de la Mordorée which was a lovely compliment to the meal since we were eating a mixture of all kinds of meat. Followed closely by the Assyrtiko Gaia 2012 from Santorini which is a lovely mineral wine.
So in conclusion we all found the eating experience to be amazing (as expected) and even though it hasn't got a 3* Michelin it just needs a tiny jump to perfection and probably a little extra creativeness. My wife and I have visited 2 3* Michelin restaurants and can say that a small step is required to get there but it's often bigger than you expect.
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