I visited Thorntons on a quiet January evening. We were greeted by friendly young staff and taken straight to our table. My wife and I opted for the Eight Course Tasting Menu @ €125 per person. We would have liked a glass or half glass of wine with each course but I had a budget of €330 which would not cover that even though by any standards its a lot of money for two people! Anyway we were there for Kevins food (he was off) and that would suffice . I eventually chose a bottle and a half of listed wine within our tight budget.
Our food was delightful, creative and decadent with a few minor flaws which are relevant at this level of gastronomy. our bread should have been warm to appreciate the array of flavours given. Appetiser of smoked trout with lime consomme which tasted of shellfish but no lime. Foiegras and Partridge ace!, Beef Carpacchio underwheming, cherry tom with skins! Scallop & Truffle Mousse Great!! Prawns Light And Flavoursome, Foie gras and Truffle Dust intense and great, Foie gras assiette, the seared foie outshone all!!, Our two fish courses disappointed both john dory and seabass were marginally overcooked which didnt let them shine with the complex garnishes, Beef And Venison beautifully Garnished but again marginally overcooked for me. Tasting of apple had nice flavours but too much firm texture, Chocolate Fondue Ace did nt need acc. marshmallow and 100yr old balsamic. Petit Four very very good. Overall a Great restaurant kevins signiture dishes still shine strongest, some of the newer more complex dishes might need attention for the sake of consistancy and the heady standards set by this gifted chef. Service thoughout was attentive and friendly, the sommellier particularly stood out despite the fact he could not make a call on wines by the glass for my budget, i think some flexibility would help for people who really want to experience Thorntons.
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