We went to Ansill this past Friday and it was every bit as good as I had hoped.
We had: Gnocchi, watercress salad, scallop crudo, crispy trotter, lamb's tongue, sweetbreads. It was all, every bit of it, fantastic.
And not at all crowded! (Although there was one table of really irritating people, one of whom was wearing an overpowering vanilla perfume that made me want to punch them. Grrrr.)
* The Gnocchi: Almost crispy outsides, creamy insides. Made with ricotta. Sage fried in butter.
* The trotter: Given the pick between the trotter and the lamb's tongue, I say go for the trotter. It's fantastic. Not that the lamb's tongue is bad, but if you only have one fried offal dish...
* The cress salad: Hey, a vegetable! Mmmmm. Crispy and well-dressed. Not overdressed. Not underdressed. With marcona almonds. Mmmm. Crunchy.
* The scallops: After two or three chews, the delicate sweetness of scallops explodes into presence. Amazing.
Also: The service totally made our weekend. Nice folks. Loved the atmosphere, loved the scene.
After dinner we began saying things like "we should totally move to Philadelphia."