Quite simply, the best restaurant in Ipswich by a considerable margin. Have been eating here regularly for many years and both the food and overall experience are consistently wonderful. Standards have, if anything improved since the name change from Il Punto, particularly in presentation: the quality is higher than you might expect from a brasserie, as it describes itself. The setting is unique and memorable on a converted boat in the midst of Ipswich's burgeoning waterfront; the vessel's illustrious and chequered past is detailed on the back of the pudding menu. The panelled wood and brass fittings provide a high-class atmosphere with beautiful views over the water. The set lunch is incredible value; the same menu is offered more expensively in the evening but it's still worth every centime. The cuisine is modern French, and the menu is one where you could happily order every item. The terrines and fish starters are particularly good; a recent visit combined the two in the shape of crab and salmon, which was superlative. Mains have a good selection of both meat and fish, locally sourced. Duck, venison and the steaks are usually excellent; my last selection was breast of guinea fowl in a shallot-based reduction which still tastes in the memory - and not of chicken, like most. Don't deny yourself pudding: despite the tempting selection, choose the nougat glacé, which is unadulterated pleasure on a plate. Under the direction of the majestic Denis, the young French waiting staff are charming and attentive. I eat here every opportunity I can; it's a pity it can't be every week.
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