This was a Xmas gift from my sister, so I should be careful what I say. We got a gift voucher for a restaurant. I did not know such existed. I am enlightened (in a small way).
That being said, there is not a lot I need to censor. This is a first class restaurant. It is expensive - £60 for two of us - for two courses, wine and coffee. But it delivers value – and that is important.
Strangely, because a place is good, you sometimes feel that you can criticise some of the small things which if changed would make it great. We had two courses each. My vegetable lasagne was good. It was layers of aubergine and pasta. The quine’s main course was fish. She is a traditionalist so thought it should be served with plain potatoes rather than roast. The roasters were very small and cooked well. She thought the strength of the olive oil overpowered the delicacy of the fish. The fish was also served with a couple of spoonfuls of bouillon – a bit runny. The only criticism of lack of value was the pudding - the Praline semifreddo . It cost £5 and was tiny. I thought they were taking the p1ss on this one, I’m afraid.
The wine was good and the coffee excellent. The waiters were very efficient and attentive. Quine thought they lacked a little friendliness. She sensed that as we were not regulars, we were making up the numbers. We may be wrong, we may be right.
It was also incredibly loud - not the music, but the patrons enjoying themselves. We had to raise our voices to hear each other. That was quite a trick for restaurant to pull off.
Should you go there? Yes. Go and enjoy yourself. They deserve success and you deserve some good food.