My husband and I first went to Hotel Du Vin for a wine tasting purchased through one 'Livingsocial' and we had such a brilliant experience we thought we would go back and have dinner one night. Well we weren't disappointed!
I booked a table for 6 to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday using their website, it was for 7.45pm on a Saturday evening. We were shown to the table, greeted warmly by all the restaurant staff as we walked through to our table which I thought was very welcoming. Our table was in the back corner of the restaurant next to the wine tasting room. The ambience of the bistro was very relaxing, and welcoming.
The wine list was comprehensive but there was a condensed version on the back of the food menu which was quite wide and varied. It was helpful to see the wines in sections of crisp and dry, soft and fruity, etc as this quickly helped us to choose. We decided to get the Gavi which was a light earthy Italian wine and a bottle of Syrah which went down well.
For our starters 4 of us ordered the pan seared scallops which were perfectly cooked, well seasoned and came with an artichoke and pistachio puree - it was delicious! Other orders were the mushrooms on brioche which had positive comments and the croque monsieur lollipops which were well received. The staff were helpful, polite and attentive.
What we liked was the time between courses it helped us to relax and enjoy the wine, and appreciate when the mains arrive. There's nothing worse the 'being fed' and manoeuvred out of a restaurant. It felt like we had 'dined'.
For our mains 2 people shared the chateaubriand which was tender and cooked to perfection, the only gripe was the peppercorn sauce which wasn't peppery enough. It was the sauce that let the sirloin steak down too unfortunately otherwise it would have been a perfect dish.
Other had duck with caramelised apple and pear it looked very tender, the rack of lamb was a substantial portion and cooked beautifully. It was well presented and lovely and tender in the middle. I ordered the half lobster Thermidor, which I tried for the first time. I really enjoyed it. The hollandaise sauce was well seasoned and the lemon cut through the richness well. The lobster was easy to eat (I asked the waiter before ordering as I didn't want to be cracking claws etc) and I order the wilted spinach with it.
We were given some time to digest and ordered a round of mojitos and one non alcoholic one. Delicious! very refreshing and well made - they can often have too much sugar!
The desserts were no let down either! Chocolate fondant was probably the winner, moist, rich and chocolatey it came with a flavoured ice cream. Others ordered rhubarb strudel, creme brulee and chocolate mousse.
Overall, great service, love surroundings, helpful and knowledgeable staff. The bill came to £390 for two bottles of wine, 3 courses for 6 people and a round of mojito's.
Now.... We are looking for an excuse to go back. This was a winner!
As it was a mixed party of females and males between 26-30 year old, we all loved it and would recommend it
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