Summary: Blunos is a very unique restaurant, and possibly one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever eaten at in the UK. Will it be for you depends on the occasion. There are some tiny little flaws (no place is ever perfect), but I felt like my nitpicking didn't deserve to give it only 4 stars (which would be unfair considering the excellent value for money). 5 stars it is!
Pricing: 130 including tip for 2 including starters, mains, bottle of wine, complimentary dessert and coffee. That's good value in my book for a fine dining experience led by its eponymous Chef.
Ambience: "Blunos is Martin Blunos' restaurant" sounds like the most boring factoid ever written but is important in this context. You can see Martin's involvement in everything and at times it felt that the rest of the staff was only here to support him. Martin interacts with the clientele and even delivers both amuse bouche and a rather peculiar meringue 'palate cleanser' at the end of the dinner. If you're a foodie and are aware of who Martin is, you'll love this (I did).
Seating: I loved the use of space, very sparse tables with plenty of room. A great change of pace from other establishments trying to cram as many clients as possible. Are the plexiglass octupus, Ikea-like toilets and green chairs a bit of a oddity? Yes, they are. I'd rather would have seen furnishings that match the beautiful entrance and clever 'fish display' near the kitchen. A bit disappointed the display was just that, a display, and not the actual fish I would eat, but is there a reason why that's the case?
Food: The Amuse bouche was unexpected and sumptuous. The crap tortellinis starters where far beyond expectation at this price point and presented the way you'd expect in a Michelin restaurant. The pan-fried brills where cooked to perfection, although I wasn't a big fan of the accompanying veggies (especially olives) which I didn't feel were telling a good 'story' with this particular dish. And why in the world would the waitress advise me to get a side of mash (perfect mash, granted) when the main dish already had mash and really didn't require further mash?
Drinks: Yes, the wine list is as short as it's excellent. Some reviewers didn't like it, personally I really appreciated picking up a lovely, reasonably priced bottle which I knew the staff had made sure would be perfect for seafood.
5/5 - will definitely come back when I'm in the area.
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