I ate at CANVAS in April and now we are going to book again for september but realised i didn't leave a review last time which, quite frankly, is poor show from me because it was THAT great. I had heard on the grapevine that the restaurant was small and intimate which suited us to the ground. We love the chef, after eating him food previously out near Oxford we just had to try CANVAS. We arrive on a blustery evening to be greeted with beaming smiles and great glee. we were seated and explained the concept which is basically to create your own tasting menu from an abundance of fabulous dishes. We had a 12 course menu (we had starved ourselves for 3 days) and (some) matching wines. The courses were well balanced full of flavour but not overpowering in any one product or flavour. The langoustine and asparagus (i presume a signature as there is a sketch of the design on the wall) was fantastic - sweet, succulent langoustine with the deep asparagus flavour and barley was a sensation. there was a halibut dish that was full of deep wonderfully balanced flavoured and a char grilled octopus with tomato, olive gave a great twist to the French Rivera. A loin of venison was earthy and sweet and pork three ways was magnificent! Chef himself came and served some dishes and had a chat - a great guy that is very down to earth and obviously very talented. For us this is 1 star cooking in a unpretentious quaint restaurant. the wine was well matched and thought provoking and we had good discussions with the charming Sommelier. So all in all a cracking meal and one of the best this year. ok on to re-booking now!!
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