First off I'll say that the setting, the service and the company was all awesome - 5 star. Unfortunately the food was so average. I was so disappointed as I wanted it to be good!
We went for the Roast Suckling Pig With Apple-Rosemary Sauce, Braised Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes with a Pint of Orchard Hill Cider for $15. I can't argue with the price of the dinner. We arrived at 6 as the email asked us to, to have a drink in the Shebeen room. A glass of house red & a vodka/soda was $15 pre tip. Grayelf & her SO arrived later but he managed a pint of Guinness before we went in for dinner. At just after 6:30 we were seated. The host was charming, explained the dinner and the featured drink - cider (It was not sweet which was nice). Everyone introduced themselves to their neighbours and the cider was served.
Then came dinner. It looked very nice but there was absolutely no flavour at all. Grayelf said her pork was a little tough, but mine was extremely tough. I really had to exercise my teeth to get it down. The cabbage & sauce had no flavour at all. There was no seasoning on the pork and no pork flavour either. The mashed potatoes were boring and plain. It was what you would expect from a buffet.
We ordered desserts. These turned out to be $7 a piece and were also not very impressive. The two desserts were London Fog brulee which tasted of Earl Grey tea - not bad, but not great. The other was goat cheese cheesecake with cherry compote which tasted of no goat cheese at all and was again flavourless. One or two bites was all I had, but I did eat the compote, though not much taste going on there either. They reminded me of the flavourless desserts you get at All-Inclusive resorts in Mexico!
Afterwards we chatted with our new found friends on both sides for a little bit then headed on our way. Bill for 2 was $47, I left $10 tip for the great service so it was about $60 for dinner and $18 for the two pre-dinner drinks.
I will give it one more try if they open up reservations again just because the experience itself was so enjoyable but I won't be trying the pork again!
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