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“Excellent food if a little quiet”

RSC Rooftop Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$33
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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“Excellent food if a little quiet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2010

I took my wife to the new Rooftop Restaurant for her birthday, on a snowy Tuesday evening in December. Understandably the restaurant was a little quiet and lacking in ambience but that is normally the way with her birthday meals. Restaurants are either full of Christmas parties or virtually empty.

However the service was very attentive and the food excellent. None of us opted for starters. One of us had the pork fillet and two had the partridge. They advised us that they would be cooked on the bone and therefore a bit pink in the middle, which they should be, and were. Vegetables cooked to perfection.

Desserts were interesting. Two of us had the locally supplied (but not locally produced)cheeses. Very good. My wife opted for the banana tart, not knowing what to expect.

Before this arrived we were presented with a chocolate covered, chocolate mousse, complete with a single candle and Happy Birthday written around the plate in chocolate sauce. I had ordered something - non-specific - online when I booked the table, so didn't know what to expect. A job well done and enough chocolate to start a small factory - extremely rich.

The banana tart was unusual - a sort of banana tarte tatin. Nice pastry but the banana went soft and mushy (as it would) so not very nice.

One other interesting feature. In the corner of the restaurant, in a portion of the old building - a round tower (I guess), is a round room with a round table, set for about 20 - 22 people. This would be ideal for any group of that size - family or business.

Overall I'd give it 4 out of 5.

On a sunny summer evening with a few more customers and more of a buzz it would be excellent.

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Thank TheOpenRoadWarwick
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Lymington, Hampshire,England
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“Needs to up its game”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2010

It's new and has only just opened. It ought to be the outstanding restaurant in Statford. - on the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with immediate access to the theatre and fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. Buti It's pretentious and missing the mark. The food, on the whole wasn't that bad. But it just didn't hit the standard implied in the advertising or menu structure. Presentation was sloppy, service fair. We asked for items on the a la carte menu and were first told that only the fixed price menu was available. We weren't told that there was no a la carte when we were given the menus so objected and one of us then had an a la carte dish. Mains were just about OK, deserts tasted very good (although they lacked in presentation). Some things really grated - the rape seed oil with bread was diappointing (my wife said disgusting) and the bread itself poor - I can get better from Waitrose. Large salt crystals don't work when eating risotto. The wine list was pricey and didn't offer a decent range of wines by the glass or half bottles.

I can see that the atmosphere would be delightful on a warm summer's day.

As a showcase establishment though it needs to up its game.

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Thank david-the-banker
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