Ate here last night for my tea before a meeting.
The menus look very appetising and on the face of it provide excellent value for money. I opted for the early bird menu and had the winter vegetable salad and the pulled pork croquette with a anise sauce and vegetables. The salad delivered on flavour, but not on concept, there was a truffle element to it which was so slight it was overawed by the excellent pickled winter vegetables. They had been mildly pickled giving firmness but delivering on flavour. The parsnips, maybe because they were a softer vegetable took on more of the pickling juice and were out of balance with the rest. But a dish with lots of potential.
The main of the pulled pork croquette was more pork than croquette, but who cares it was bloody gorgeous. The anise sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the pork and with the pureed carrot provided a culinary delight. Kudos to the chef for this creation. Maybe not one of the best dishes I have had this year, but it comes close. The dessert of nougatine and pear parfait with a buttermilk sorbet had potential but didn't deliver. The nougatine dominated the parfait, which came across as a semi freddo rather than a parfait. The buttermilk sorbet, just a little too watery and crystaline.
Where this restaurant doesn't deliver is in it's wine list. It erred towards the commercial and price conscious, with very few quality choices. Decor, comfortable yes, stylish yes, I heard it described as industrial chic, I think that is a good description. Service was attentive, but as it started to get busier a little rushed. I will be back, infact will be going again next week with a friend and look forward to a better experience, which I am sure it will be.
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