Ate at Clarks, Kensington Church Street last night for the second time and for the second time was greatly underwhelmed. I will try it one more time in the future but I am pretty convinced this place is more hype than substance.
4 course tasting menu for £48.
A very tasty baby gem squash (cut in half, roasted, filled with chanterelles and a cream sauce nice big shaved peices of parmesan. Very good.
A chicken breast that was on the dry side with various seasonal vegetables, some root, some baby cabbage etc. a very thin sauce that didn't have too much flavour. Boring.
A cheese course of two cheeses that were a little too cold, the oatmeal crackers (er I mean biscuits) (which were actually listed in the description on the menu) were stale -at least mine were. Hmm cold and stale, sounds like my ex.
Dessert of a nice chocolate torte-like cake thing. Whipped cream was tasty. Thumbs up.
Service was polite but VERY lackadaisical, had to ask for still water twice before it was served (it was brought promptly after the second query), had to get up and ask for the wine list because no one looked at us for about 5 minutes, had to get up to ask for more oatmeal crackers (er I mean biscuits-I guess one of our party didn't think they were too stale) because no one looked at us for another 5 minutes.
Had to pour our own wine-for the first bottle only.
This is a nice, I won't say overly fancy restaurant but they take pride in the decor and one thing that seemed out of character in a nice restaurant, was that they leave you a plastic-laminated hand-written coat check on your table, I may be a little anal but through out the meal it just looked inappropriate sitting on an otherwise well dressed table. Very cheesy.
This is not a huge restaurant and they were not jam packed I just think the whole thing could have been a lot better if they had paid attention to the details.
And, come on, £48 for a (relatively unimaginative) chicken breast as your main?
Also the waiter said if there is something on the menu that someone can't eat we can do substitutions. One of our party couldn't do the cheese course. They didn't substitute anything for it. Thankfully they were light eaters.
Oh yeah, this bothered me the first time I was there, the menu is hand written by someone who writes in half cursive and half print and it is totally illegible. Of our table of six we could only make out one dish collectively. Poor