The restaurant occupies a grand townhouse location on the Royal Terrace, with a sultry interior to match that marries well with the personal, un-stuffy nature of both the service and the food. The kitchen looks out onto the opulent dining room through a glass screen, offering a chance to see the brigade of Chefs working their magic for you.
Visiting midweek, the restaurant was quieter than we had expected, which offered us a taste of what the 'private dining' experience might be like, without ever making us feel uncomfortable or rushed. The staff team were not only friendly and knowledgable (which you would expect at this level of dining) but seemed to have a genuine excitement and confidence in their restaurant, which is well deserved. The Maitre d was smiley and attentive throughout our meal, and we were guided perfectly from course to course by our Sommelier and Waitress. A written message from Chef was a delightful personal touch that made our evening all the more special.
The evening menu runs to 5 courses, with a choice offered for courses 1,3 and 5 (punctuated by a soup course and cheese), along with a delightful fresh amuse bouche, and a quirky pre-dessert of oat infused milk served from a cow jug. Menus change weekly, so it would be a folly to describe each course in detail, but every plate that arrived was thoroughly clean by the time it was cleared.
If you are a fan of more minimalist eating then this restaurant may not be the place for you, with each dish comprised of several main components and often adorned with foamed sauces, reductions and crisp shards. There is no deconstructed dishes here, simply great ingredients, combined with skill by a chef that clearly appreciates both fine french cuisine and also the wealth of ingredients available locally. Thankfully for a trip in April, our meal sang with fresh spring flavours, from the light layered amuse bouche through to dessert, all accompanied by wines from the modest and affordable wine list. If I were to offer one recommendation it would be to enjoy a glass of the Hungarian Tokaji dessert wine, you will not be disappointed!
Many thanks to all the staff at 21212 for a thoroughly delicious evening!
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