The newish branch is spacious and high-ceilinged, and the food seemed better to me.
Omelettes are gorgeously and uncommonly thick and fluffy, and in the hang town fry there's small soft cubes of potato embedded in the egg, contrasting the steaky meaty bacon, and fried oysters, crispy on the outside, soft and snappy on the inside. Contrast from nutty leafy bites of rocket.
Parmesan grits are great -- creamy and rich and flavoursome. Excellent girolles and other mushrooms, including slices of a mild long stemmed variety that was oyster mushroom-like in its snappy texture. They work very well with the meaty salty wild boar sausage that take the mild ground flavour robustness, between light and bready to beefy and gamey.
Chicken and waffles were enhanced by some pickled yellow-green chillis, sour and spicy with a mild smoky bite. Fried chicken was nicely crispy on the breaded shell, and fairly moist on the inside. The waffles, whilst by themselves may not turn any heads, were competently made and combined crispiness with a medium fluffiness.
Coffees were well structured, smooth and deep, without any loose flavours jutting out in the flat white. Good conditioning of the foam and milk as well, tiny bubbles and very silky.
The chocolate in the hot chocolate is basic, but I loved the golden flavour of salted caramel shining through.
Very good butterscotch pudding as well, very smooth and stiff, but without a distracting starchy quality. The shortbread meshed well with the pudding, providing a good enhancement in the occasional touch of salt, and for its lovey texture contrast, a decisive snap before crunching into nice hard crumbs that provided a satisfying bite as they broke into fine dust on the teeth.