Went last week with another couple, and had a fabulous meal with impeccable service. Started out with some really interesting and well presented cocktails, then did the tasting menu. When there was a choice between 2 dishes, with did both within the couples. Good way to go, as we got to taste it all!
Here's what we had, along with comments:
Iron bark pumpkin latte with braised duck, black truffle syrup and cep brioche
(Big moist pieces of duck in the 'latte' and it was assembled at table.)
Marinated beetroot, Sairass cheese, pine nuts and Cabernet Sauvignon dressing
(We all loved this! The cheese was soft & delicious and the whole dish was lovely.)
Assiette of sandwiches, "BLT" and croque monsieur
(A martini glass with tomato jelly, cream, bacon crisps and a lettuce sauce poured over. Quite tasty and incredibly beautiful to look at.)
Slow cooked organic quail, braised leg, wood sorrel, cep risotto and poached egg
(Could have eaten a whole meal of that cep risotto & poached quail egg.)
Bouillabaisse of Cornish red mullet and roasted scallop, garlic aioli and croutons
(Felt like I wanted more, but since it was so rich probably better that it was a small portion of the soup. Loved the tiny croutons with the side bowls of aioli and gruyere.)
Roasted hake in Parma ham, chorizo and pimento puree, squid paint
(Tasty but was loving mine more to really pay attention to the hake!)
Also, right when this course was served we managed to break a water glass. The glass shattered into 2 of the meals, so they took away all the plates so that our meals would still be in sync. Then our entire top was replaced..new silverware, napkins, bread, butter, etc and it was all as smooth as clockwork and we weren't made to feel embarrassed at all. Really appreciated the professionalism of the staff!
Chinese style pork belly, braised pig's head, crackling, jasmine tea
(Mmmm....or as my sister-in-law stated "I LOVE pig's head!")
Cornish lamb, salt marsh mutton shepherd's pie spring cabbage and mint jelly
(I don't eat lamb but the others all agreed it was lovely. And the potatoes on the shepherd's pie, and with our dish, were amazing. Seemed to be butter & cream, with some potato thrown in to keep with the name!)
Gariguette strawberry and lemon trifle with basil, lemonade granite and almond financier
(The ultimate palate cleanser. It was sweet & sour and incredibly tasty & refreshing.)
Pliable chocolate ganache with dehydrated lime curd and walnut ice cream
(Delicious but unbelievably rich.)
Blood orange granite and jelly, blood orange marmalade, buttermilk pannacotta
(Another perfectly refreshing dish.)
When we were too full to move, we were brought little after dinner sweets of truffles, rose jellies and cute mini-baked Alaska type things on a stick. Sort of like pineapple sorbet wrapped with a soft meringue. Managed to eat that, no problem! Brought the other sweets home for the baby-sitter.
Then, a piece of chocolate cake with gold leaf & a candle on a plate that said "Happy Birthday" was brought out, as I had mentioned that it was my SIL's birthday. She was incredibly happy with her birthday meal, as were we all.
£60 pp for the meal, plus we had a cocktail each, 4 bottles of water & 2 lovely bottles of wine. Total bill was £500 which we thought was quite reasonable for an extraordinary evening.