Visited The Piano restaurant again last friday to treat a colleague who had retired. This time we sat in the actual room with the piano (which was being played beautifully). A gazpacho and whitby crab amuse bouche was excellent - cold and really zingy with lovely sweet crab. My orange glazed mackerel with kohlrabi and miso slaw was excellent and my companions linconshire quail (which I had last time) was in his words 'one of the nicest things he'd ever eaten. My main of halibut was plentiful and well seasoned (i think halibut needs salt) and it's accompaniments of artichokes and braised little gem lettuce with a caper emulsion made it an absolute joy to eat. My companion's monkfish special with samphire spinach et al was also, I am reliably informed 'superb'. I couldn't resist the urge for the chocolate fondant with black sheep ice cream as i'd been thinking about nothing else since I had it last time and it was every bit as good. My only quibble is similar to last time is that the waiting staff although in uniform were not uniform - top button done up/not done up. This is not a criticism of the waiting staff as they are excellent. Also, restaurants of higher accolades usually give you 'the lowdown' on exactly what you're being served when it is served. I feel i'm being overly critical but i genuinely believe in this restaurant and the tiniest effort could harvest bigger reward. Please Mr restaurant owner, splash out and treat your staff to a uniform that fits. I'll be back!! Thankyou
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