My husband was so excited about this surprise dinner that he had booked for us and we spent the entire weekend waiting in anticipation. There was a warm greeting when we arrived, but to be honest the mood and atmosphere after that was quite pretentious. Some of the head waiters even made us feel uncomfortable being there...
We ordered a starter and main course each and they came in very nicely decorated plates - usually a combination of 3 to 4 dishes per course. I had the scallops from the regular menu which came in three dishes and only one of them was seriously delicious with a very playful taste. My main also consisted of three plates, one of which was very good (potato with pickled radish topped with caviar) while the fillet de bouef was actually served cold. I didn't want to make a fuss so as not to upset my husband because of all the effort (and money!!) he was putting into this special evening. I later found out that my husband's lamb turned out to be chewy and fatty...
Dessert was the best part of the meal, and they bring an amuse bouche just before serving dessert which was also yummy.
There was a good variety of wine but as expected is quite marked up. We did manage to find a decently priced bottle that we thoroughly enjoyed but I don't think we impressed the head waiters with our choice!
The interiors, plates and table cloth all have very good finish and all the staff are very well groomed and knowledgeable about the contents of each dish. The mood and lighting is quite romantic. I couldn't tell what the external views were as the curtains were more than half way down.
All in all, we had expected more of a gastronomical journey given the Michelin star, reviews, presentation and price. I think they do try to give you the 5 star experience by providing high end service and several well-thought-of amuse bouche throughout the meal and a digestif as you leave - so absolutely no worries about leaving full!
As we left the restaurant my husband said: "Maybe it would have been better if I had bought you a present instead!"
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