I had been waiting to dine at Signatures for a while, after seeing the amount of publicity of the opening and the fact the respected head chef, Paul Boorman, oversees operations. On walking through the elegant hotel to the brassiere, the decor is modern and is very striking, certainly has a fine dining feel to it.
After being seated, the extensive wine list was viewed and a decision made to order from the a la carte menu instead of the set price menu (£19.50 for three courses). Mixed olives worked through, we opted for the devilled crab and crispy duck egg for starters. The crispy duck egg was sensational, with the brioche soldiers being very moreish. The devilled crab however was not only expensive (£8), it was disappointing. I would liken it to a posh sandwich filler, with the flavours just not quite clicking.
Onto the mains, where we ordered the local rib eye steak and pot roast chicken, with a side of truffled chips and parmesan. The rib eye steak was very small, although cooked perfectly, the potato was dry and tasteless, although the piccalilli was tangy and flavoursome. My partner did not enjoy the pot roast chicken, saying it was too creamy and had an overpowering garlic taste. From looking at it, the chicken looked moist and the dish looked like ideal winter warming food.
Finally desserts, where we opted for frozen latte mousse and a strawberry jelly special, my partner enjoyed the strawberry dessert although did comment on the cheapness to make the dessert and it being priced at £5.50. The frozen latte mousse was average, not having any stand out flavour.
In summary, the dishes are all very well presented, the service is extremely friendly and attentive, the decor is spot on, however have such high expectations for the food it did fall flat in this area for flavour and we left feeling hungry still. Maybe it was our menu choices, as I would certainly opt for different dishes should I return, the restaurant was fairly quiet too. Certainly one I would re-visit as I am sure it would not be too far away from being good!
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