We went to MGJ to celebrate our wedding anniversary. it is a small, informal looking restaurant, which belies the taste sensations that were awaiting us! The price is £35 pp. This includes, an amuse bouche, a starter, a fish course, a main course, a palate cleanser/pre-desert and pudding.
You do not know what you are getting, and i am sure that if you informed them in advance of allergies/dislikes they would cater to you.
Sarah, FOH and waitress is probably one of the most genuinely enthusiastic servers I have ever had the pleasure of being served by:) She was well trained, friendly, sweet and you knew that she understood the dishes she was serving to us.Bear in mind this experience can take up to 3 hours if the restaurant is full, but we were there to enjoy the experience and not rush. Such is the popularity of MGJ even on a Thursday and not being in the centre of Bath it was full, and at least two couples were turned away.
Two types of home made bread were served warm in a brown paper bag, with thick balsamic in a test tube and Basil oil in a beaker which was fun:) We had an Amuse Bouche of Cauliflower and Truffle Espuma, Quail with pheasant egg, Gurnard with fresh Asparagus and a Citrus dressing and Rose Veal. A delicious sorbet with a mint and cucumber gelee with Kale juice, and a hot souffle of raspberry and peach, with a tiny chocolaty surprise at the bottom served with the creamiest cereal ice cream. All beautifully presented and cooked. Clean, interesting flavours, well seasoned, each course a delight.
The wine list is good, with many wines available by the glass. I had a NZ Sauvignon Blanc, which wasn't as round a taste as I prefer, but not bad.
The only criticisms were. The choice and volume of the music. Indie pop and Bob Dylan not really suited to the atmosphere. Personally i don't think any music is necessary in this type of establishment. I also didn't care for the 'floral' arrangements, which I thought looked out of place, they were trying a bit too hard to be outre, but looked a bit scruffy. IMO. However, these are minor things, because the real stars are Gordon and his sous chef, Sarah FOH and the truly fabulous food. We can't wait to return.
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