We had to book about a year in advance to get a table on a Saturday night at this world famous restaurant. There were a choice of two tasting menus and we opted for the feast which ran to about 15 courses. The restaurant is well known for its wine lists and they arrive in a posh trolley conveying three tomes each inches thick covering red, white and sparkling. Of course there are some ultra expensive wines but many that would look cheap by comparison to similar wines in a UK restaurant or even top end supermarket selection. Having tussled with the books we concluded that there was much to be said for opting to play safe and choose the matching wines option; literally a third of a glass of wine with each course. This threw up some amazing local wines and some sherry like offerings which would not be an obvious pairing with the food but inevitably tasted perfect.
The food experience started with a procession of different appetisers followed by a vegetable broth by which time it was clear that this was just as much about surprises,sensations and theatre than it was about actually getting fed. It would be a shame to spoil the surprises so just be prepared to go with whatever comes and if you love fish and truffles you are in for a particular treat. For anyone hoping to gorge on meat in copious quantities however I would suggest you look elsewhere.
There is a lot of precision cooking to be delivered to the table at just the right time and although the service was outstanding it might also be described as efficiently brisk at times. It is not a venue for a long relaxing romantic dinner more a marathon for those that want to explore some of the extremes of culinary possibilities.