Celebrated my birthday here this week with Son and OH and dined off the A La Carte menu. Had passed this restaurant many times and really wanted to try it. Staff were attentive but not intrusive. Food was different, imaginative even, couldn't fault the starters (although my filo starter was a bit too seasoned for me) and yet there just was something missing although I can't for the life of me put my finger on it.. For mains OH had the pillows of pasta dish which he said was delicious, Son had the kebab of scallops and prawn dish which he said was fine but would have preferred two kebabs rather than one. I had the sirloin steak with the roasted garlic and parmesan crust, the crust I was expecting round the edge but it was all over the face of the steak which made it drier than expected for medium rare, this was served on a bed of buttered carrot and turnip (swede) with celeriac mash on the side, veggies were delicious. We didn't have dessert just coffee which was served with biscotti. All in all a nice meal but as much as I hate the word "nice" that is what it was, not quite good but better than average due to the imaginative dishes you could choose from the menu. We could have chosen an early bird menu as due to time restraints we had to dine earlier than normal, or the 5PM menu could have been booked and I think these would have been really good value for money but as this was a special occassion we didn't want to be restricted. I will return to try one of the specials menus soon to try to prove my first impression wrong or at least to identify what was missing from my first visit.
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