Having read the reviews on here before going, I was going in with an open mind on a few points but there really was no need. The service was second to none - friendly, attentive and formal. The assistance and suggestions from the sommelier were fantastic - it is refreshing to see someone with this kind of passion for what they do. Arrive early to enjoy a drink in the lounge whilst you peruse the menu and take in the atmosphere. The food was cooked beautifully however if ordering the steak check how it will be cooked - I wasn't asked as the 'standard' is to do it medium-rare (which, for someone who has it blue, could have led to disaster!) but the response when I requested this was 'Oh, Chef will love you!' with a smile.
Despite previous reviews, salt did not seem to be a consistent theme of the evening with both me and my partner never having to reach for the seasoning and them actually getting it spot on. The pork belly amuse bouche and sweet treats at the end were a nice touch considering they were on the house (this seemed to be the standard for the evening). I had the lobster raviolo with squid ink, champagne veloute and sea vegetables to start - lobster cooked well, but the start of this was the veloute which I asked for extra bread to mop up! My main was the assiette of beef including fillet, tongue, cheek and bone marrow (not sure what happened to this on my plate though?). Everything was cooked perfectly but if you have this, only have the horseradish in small amounts - it is a potent one! We opted for the tasting desserts and matching wine flight to finish and were glad we did - the platter is enormous and features all of the desserts from the menu with well matched dessert wines to compliment (with the addition of the explanations for each choice from the sommelier).
Overall this is definitely a restaurant I would recommend. We were on the table in the corner so maybe did not experience the issues others have mentioned with the proximity to other diners, but the levels of service and standard of cooking would be enough to have me running back as soon as possible, although with a bill which came to £200 for two people, this may be a luxury I enjoy only every few months...
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