Before I talk about the fabulous experience we had in this restaurant I would mention two things. Firstly, the pin for the restaurant on TripAdvisor is wrong and the restaurant is not exactly where they have it marked. The easiest way to find the restaurant is to start at the Piazza Del Popolo and walk down the Via Di Ripetta and it's a few hundred yards down on the left hand side. We spent a long time trying to find it coming from the other direction and got very lost! The other thing is that it's essential to book in advance and to ensure you book for the correct number of people. The night we were there lots of people were turned away and one particular family had booked for 4 people but on the night there were 5 in their party and the restaurant were unable to take 5!
From the minute we arrived we loved everything about this restaurant. The staff were very welcoming without being over-bearing. We were shown to a lovely table near the window. We both decided to go for the sea tasting menu which was €79 per person with the matching wines. To start we were both given a glass of sparkling wine and a little plate of brie with salad and some bread sticks. I usually find it very difficult to get excited about bread sticks but these were delicious and the portions were just right as an appetiser.
For the starter we had sea bass carpaccio, smoked salmon with a home-made yoghurt (amazing) and lovely bread and then my favourite which was the baby squid served in a filo pastry basket with goats cheese and spinach. The wine to accompany this was a chardonnay. I thought the portion sizes were just right and the presentation was lovely! The waitresses were all very informative without being over the top!
The next course was pasta - one with baby squid and one with lobster. The lobster was my preferred option but both were nice. We were just conscious at this stage of not eating too much pasta and being too full up! The wine with this course was a lovely rosé.
The third course was a sea bass wrapped in courgettes and served with the most amazing tiny mushrooms which were incredibly tasty. I loved this until I tried the other fish dish which was so tasty. I had the waitress write down the name of the fish which is Amberjack and apparently found in the Mediterranean. We had never tried this fish before and it was really delicious. It was served with potato gratin and some spinach. This course had a sauvignon blanc served with it which was great!
Our desserts were three types of creme brulée. A cinnamon, a caramel and a poppy seed. Neither my boyfriend nor I are big dessert fans and neither of us particularly like creme brulée but these were just amazing - really light and we had to keep trying all of them to try to decide which one was our favourite. This course came with a dessert wine which was very sweet but a nice accompaniment.
After this I had another glass of the sauvignon as I had really enjoyed it and we also were served a plate of petits fours all of which were lovely!
Absolutely everything about our evening here was perfect and we loved every minute! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone as a real treat.
At the end when we were brought our bill I was very pleasantly surprised. We received a 10% discount for having booked online which I was not expecting and we were not charged any additional costs for water, the extra wine etc. The entire bill came to €148 which I considered incredible value for the evening we had experienced. And to round it all off we were given a nice bottle of sparkling wine to bring home. Thank you so much to Ad Hoc for the perfect last night in Rome!
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