Unfortunately our last two visits have been disappointing. After many excellent meals over the past year or two, we visited in May and then again a few weeks ago. On both occasions the food had lost what it used to have – combining many good ingredients in a fairly complex way, but with the natural flavours and textures still coming through. After 3 different courses and 2 meals, virtually all of them showed much less imagination in concept and heavy in their execution. For example. a lamb dish had a pretty much single appearance (as opposed to previous visits where plates showed a real mix of different bits to the meal) and rather heavy flavor. Other dishes much the same. Some dishes seem to combine ingredients that simply didn’t work well. Only two dishes (sardines with flavoured ice, and a 70% chocolate pudding with accompaniments) out of the ten or so we had, showed the original flare that these guys became known for. The food was really just what would be served in a decent gastro pub, not a restaurant known for its imagination and ability to deliver that on a plate. We used to trek a few miles across town to visit, take people here, and recommend it, but unfortunately not currently, after two disappointing experiences. Otherwise, it showed the every lovely service and atmosphere.
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