has anyone been and, if so, what did you think?
i ate there last week, having the lunch menu, which at £52pp is often quoted as one of the best deals in london - it includes 1/2 a bottle of wine, 1/2 a bottle of water, coffee and petit fours as well as three courses (and the cheese course that offered as a dessert option is without a supplement)
i came away feeling very ambivalent. i don't think anything we ate was particulary wonderful, especially given the restaurant has 2 michelin stars, which is why i'm curious to know what others think.
the bread was good, as were the amuses - two nibbles, one a tart with coronation chicken and something i can't remember despite it being the one i liked best at the time! followed by smoked eel with a celery creme fraiche (very nice).
my starter was a tortellini filled with sole and celery,with a browned butter and caper sauce - incredibly rich as you'd expect, the flavours worked well but the pasta was a bit too thick.
my main was mackerel with aubergine puree, a few artichoke hearts and red pepper sauce. i didn't like this at all - the differnet components didn't work together and it was very average. it was also interesting to see how rare mackerel is usually served in other retaurants - this was defintely the sort of mackerel i'd create at home under my grill rather than something more elegant. the lamb main, which was a whole shank, had mixed reviews - one of my friend's liked it but the other did not; both were suprised it was served on the bone!
pudding for me was a very average pear and chocolate tart. the cheese board looked amazing and i did love the ice cream/sorbet presentation where a trolley of all the flavours is wheeled up to the table - each of these which i tried were good, especially the sorbets (this is what i would choose with the benfit of hindsight).
nice petit fours - a macaron, a brandy snap, a marzipan layered cake and a physalis with a sugar shell that, despite appearances to the contrary didn't break my teeth!
the wine that came as part of the menu was fabulous - we chose the chardonnay (you are given a choice of two white and two red).
so, a mixed experience. it is undeniably good value but personally, i think i'd rather spend the same budget elsewhere. it also didn't make me want to try out the very expensive a la carte menu.