We joined a party of 16, booked well in advance, for an evening with a difference. King's Bistro serves on just Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It has room for about 32 people, seated at four large tables. We occupied half the space. Most of the other diners were clearly familiar with the format, and have remembered to bring their own wine to this unlicensed venue.
The chef/proprietor - who has cooked in some exalted places - prepares three main dishes for the evening meal, with some standard salad/sandwich alternatives. There were also two starter choices, and a selection of desserts.
When all seats are taken, the chef's partner speaks the menu and takes orders. Somehow, the numbers seem to work - a miracle given limited kitchen space.
Once the food starts to arrive, conversation largely ends, as the chef's partner starts to entertain the room to recorded accompaniment. She can certainly deliver a song; and several friends stop by later in the evening to add to the entertainment in slightly different musical genres.
Our food was excellent, selected from three choices all of which sounded attractive.