The food was delicious - a 6 course degustation menu (with matching wines if you want) - the ambience very pleasant, the staff attentive, helpful and polite without being unctious. But best of all was the food. It is unusual to see a French restaurant take vegetarian food seriously (in fact we have recently been to France and swore never to return, our eating experiences had been so woeful) and in the seven years since I first went to the French Cafe they have changed their presentation for vegetarians, and it is all for the better. This is gourmet food whoever you are and I think would appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The taste highlight for me was the amazing Tomato Salad that began the meal, with a tomato sorbet and the most exquisite tomato jelly; the most beautiful course was the beetroot tart (the pastry was so superb) with goats chees and topped with a borrage flower. The only very slight down was that two of the courses had asparagus, a smoked element and parmesan foam - perhaps only one course needed these elements. But I loved the dessert of rhubarb compote, panacotta, raspberries and rose granitta and the chocolate plate was a rich and delicious end to the meal. Yes, I will definately be going back - to the French Cafe, but not to France!
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