Last Sunday I went for lunch to this place after a friend of mine booked it using an offer from the ES.
The ambience was quite pleasant with a large dining room and a semi open kitchen. It was booked for 1.30 and we arrived just 10 minutes before.
We sat down and the menu was brought to us quite quickly with enough courtesy that one could imagine that the best had yet to come.
After scanning the menu we were ready to order and I ordered Cornish seafood in sherry aspic, quail egg, sauce gribiche and Denham estate lamb shoulder on a bed of ratatouille and balsamic vinegar while Ed went for San Marzano tomato tart, goat’s cheese with radish salad plus the same main as mine..
I was ready and salivating up to the moment the dish arrived. I was expecting some fleshy succulent fresh Cornish fish but I got a nouvelle-style cuisine tablet of gelatine where the fish entered from one side and come out at the other leaving just a whiff of fish and 2 /3 slivers where even an ant would have starved ! The only thing I could taste (or not taste) was the gelatine which was constantly circulating in my mouth while my tongue anxiously tried to seek out any particles of fish. I managed to taste the quail egg though and the gribiche was more flavoursome.
The tart that Ed had was an uncooked layer of a millefoglie-style pastry with some San Marzano (I doubt it) tomato and goats cheese that according to him wasn’t bad. I tried it but I begged to differ.
We both agreed on the main of lamb which came in the same size and format as my starter, the only difference was that there were 2 tablets rather than one and luckily no gelatine. The flavour of the lamb was very good and melting in my mouth with a pleasant ratatouille that was slightly marred by the presence of a little too much dried herbage!
I also never understand and this applies to quite a number of restaurants, the reluctance to serve bread as we had to ask for some more. Each serving was just a small slice of either white or brown bread.
When the dessert came my friend made a better choice with Vanilla panna cotta, poached cherries and cherry sorbet which he quite enjoyed while I went for Sablé biscuit with summer fruit, strawberry champagne jelly and raspberry sorbet. Oh no! The same gelatine that surrounded the fish appeared again but this time in a dessert form. I assure you there was definitely no champagne in it and the sorbet didn’t taste at all like raspberry although it did have some flavour. The timing between courses was on the unacceptable side considering that we were there verging on 2 hours.
The service was very good. Now, although Ed seemed to enjoy the food more than I did probably because he made better choices, I, except for the lamb, was not too happy. A good restaurant has to have the same standard for each single dish on the menu, wouldn’t you agree? I am a little piglet and I like to indulge, I don’t mind small portions when they are full of flavour because when that happens one feel satisfied all the same.
I would have liked to give 4 rating just for the lamb but considering that the starter and dessert failed to reach such standard I have to give an average 3.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.