It was my mother's birthday yesterday evening and we visited The Artichoke for dinner to celebrate. V. Good first impressions - friendly and professional staff and lovely decor. We decided to go for the tasting menu & for the wine flight option too - a different wine selected to compliment each course - each course was explained to us as it was presented & we were given a thorough description of each wine which I enjoyed.
On the whole the dishes were creative, very tasty and beautifully presented. We started with a pancetta bread which was absolutely delicious! The only courses I felt less sure about was the fish course which was prepared in an Asian style which I felt was slightly out of kilter with the rest of the menu as someone previously mentioned on here although I did enjoy it nonetheless. I also wasn't as impressed with the goats milk mousse as I was with the other dishes - I liked the originality of the pallet cleanser with the beetroot sorbet but on the whole it didn't quite come together for me but this is a personal preference as both my parents seemed to enjoy it.
I have marked it down slightly as it is very expensive so it's not the best value & also because I felt the courses were a little bit rushed - slightly more time between them would have been better - particularly as the wine changed with every course. However, on the whole I felt that it was a very pleasant dining experience & would certainly recommend a visit!
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