I have to agree with the reviewer who said this is definitely not fine dining! My son treated us to a meal last evening at the Rum Room, which having heard excellent reports about, I was looking forward to.
My husband, son and I were shown to a table by the window, excellent, it was open and there was a comfortable breeze blowing through, but the table was a disappointment - scarred varnish, paper napkin and a couple of sets of cheap cutlery set to the left. It was 7pm, but when the waiter appeared with the menu, he pointed out what they had run out of!
Eventually another waitress arrived to take our drinks order, which in addition to aperitifs, included a bottle of Malbec and a bottle of white - but, sorry, we don't have a spare wine cooler for the white, I'll bring one when we have!
I ordered the salmon fish cakes with pineapple and chilli, my fellow diners went for the Jamaican Sweetbread, amid ribald comments about how these would be presented, possibly with a jerk sauce? When their starters arrived, it was just that, 3 pieces of Jamaican sweet bread, covered in oil with a few olives rampant.....not quite the tasty offal dish they had been expecting!
I don't think I have seen a starter returned to the kitchen with such speed!
My white fish cakes arrived (2 minute 'delicacies') with a drizzle of chilli oil around the edge and no hint at all of the promised pineapple - no garnish served on a white plate. I think they would have looked more appetising had they been one cake, with a golden finish .
The boys re-ordered a starter and of course sat back to wait - my fishcakes remained in front of me, no question of it being removed in order that we all could eat together - so I had to eat my starter alone.
Fair to say, their second choice proved a better bet and they both enjoyed their starters.
Main course - my son had the much talked about steak onglet and thoroughly enjoyed it, my husband equally enjoyed his rump steak, but I had ordered the rump of lamb and had a message from the chef that he wasn't prepared to cook the rump pink as I had requested!!
So, my lamb rump was overcooked, somewhat leathery in part and not the dish I had anticipated.
The Mint and Pea puree was watery, resembling the liquor produced when mushy peas are cooked - totally devoid of flavour. The galette accompanying this dish may have been sliced potato and red cabbage, but I'm not sure, it was grossly under seasoned and not a thing of beauty to look at, with the red cabbage leaching into the white potato.
If small amounts of an element are to be drizzled onto a dish - these must have good full flavour!!!
What can you possibly do to a Crème Broule - unless you cook it at too high a temperature, stint on the crucnchy sugar topping and present scrambled egg in a small dish! It had split!
That too x 3 went back to the kitchen and fair to say, substitutes were provided when I caught the chef's eye to come and speak to me.
I have to say, for the cost of this meal, I would have expected a table cloth and linen napkins if the restaurant is aspiring to provide an upmarket experience.
I readily accept that the main course portion size is acceptable.
It would have been nice to feel that the waitress had been paying enough attention to our progress and not offered the dessert menu following the protracted starter course - though she did appear after half an hour with the wine cooler!
In spite of all the above - we enjoyed each other's company and had a super evening together, but I suspect non of us will be rushing back to sample the culinary delights - it's just missing that something which makes it an unforgettable experience, well actually, it will be unforgettable for us, but not for the right reasons.
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