Despite having a very poor time on my last visit to this newish place in Shoreditch, I was persuaded to give it another try.
a) Because a poster on here ( Laura Faire- I think ) really liked it and urged me to try again
b) Because it is 20 secs away from where I live
c) Robin had booked it and my sister was in town and wanted to try it.
I am pleased to say that the experience this time was an altogether happier one. The food was certainly more ably prepared, the service had "bedded in" and was amiable and efficient. The most noticable difference was in the pricing. They had tweaked the pricing down so that it made the place can become much more of an impulse choice. Starters from £6, Mains from £12 and puddings at £4.50 ( they were at £7 last time )
The two meat eaters had a very good starter of portugese blood sausage and my sister had what was to all intents and purposes, scrambled eggs on toast, but was delicious.
The main courses were pretty hearty ( Pheasant,Chicken and Skate ) but were a bit hit and miss. The skate was mushy to the point of inedibility, but the pheasant was perfect.
We tried puddings this time as we did not have to take out a loan and the expresso Ice cream, Nougat and choccy pudding were all exemplary.
The wine list was still a weakness. I was less impressed with a portugese tempranillo than Robin and thought that just shy of £30 for a 50cl bottle was hugely overpriced. my own choice of an Australian white was a poor one. My fault not theirs. It was fairly priced.
The bill for three came to just under £150 which compares with over £110 for two of us last time ( with only one wine and no pudding or coffee ) so at that level, its failings become much more acceptable.
I still feel peeved at having to pay for their training, but it is nice to know that there is now one halfway decent place within striking distance of my front door.