I'll admit to some last-minute misgivings, having read some of the negative comments previously posted. Happily, these were not borne out during last week's visit.
Although, with the three of us being the restaurant's earliest diners, you'd hardly expect problems with service, the politeness and friendliness of the staff was immediately notable. A decent range of pre-dinner drinks and appetisers was attractively presented, with the meat and cheese antipasti board to be recommended. For mains, we chose the baked loin of cod, saffron chicken supreme, and the fillet steak, all perfectly cooked and delicious. And the home-made tarte tatin was an absolute delight. The wine list contains some decent bottles at sensible prices.
While certainly not cheap, Basil is an attractive place to dine, and offers rather more than those pleasant enough but formulaic Italian-style restaurants to be found in most high streets. Given that you get what you pay for, the all-round experience still represents good value for money.
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