I’m not sure if i can write an accurate review without sounding a bit 'gushing' in places but Yann's definitely ticks all the boxes for me. Fantastic food and attentive service. Shari is the perfect host, seems to glide through the restaurant and lounge as cool and calm as ever, despite being busy (even midweek) greeting and serving guests. She remembered me from our stay some 9 months before and even remembered the name of the bottle of wine that i liked very much and had when we stayed for our wedding anniversary. You feel part of the extended family rather than a stranger.
When you arrive you are taken into the beautifully and artistically decorated lounge with roaring log fire, leather sofa's, tailored armchairs, abundance of coordinating cushion and decoration for a pre-dinner drink or just relax a little while you look over the menu and order. The amuse bouche or nibbles, are a lovely little extra. The Olives are wonderful; I could have snacked all night if it weren’t for the tasty food about to follow.
The lovely fruity and rich mix of oil and balsamic vinegar is very tasty indeed and I would have continued to eat my way through the fresh basket of bread if it wasn’t for the arrival of the starters.
The food is a little touch of France with a little touch of Scotland. The French onion soup was piping hot and very tasty, the Pâté de foie gras beautifully presented, creamy and smooth and tasted yummy without being overly heavy and too rich.
Once again two of us plumped for the Rib eye with peppercorn sauce, and two had the confit of Duck. Both main dishes were again excellently cooked and presented. (confit of duck is salt cured for those that complain that it’s a bit salty! It’s supposed to be) The frites, I’m not sure why, but they taste great, crisp and hot, wonder if it’s the oil?
The Panacotta with passion fruit coulis was creamy velvety yumminess and the chocolate tart didn’t last long on the other plate! The crème brulee was a substantial offering, I didn’t get to try it, it disappeared before I could reach over the table for a sneaky helping.
We had a great bottle of rose at reasonable restaurant price and with a good selection of wine you won’t be stuck for a tipple.
Overall a great evening out. Don’t listen to the other negative reviews, take it from someone who is a fussy bugger, who likes good food and wine and a relaxed evening with attentive yet unobtrusive service – Go! Everytime we have been it has been busy, midweek and weekend!! We now always stop in when we have a stay at the Hydro and the children are at the children’s club.
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