Aperitif, appetiser, starter, main, wine, dessert and coffee...every item was well-chosen and well-prepared - interesting, different, well-thought-out homemade combinations of textures and flavours. Julia starts on Monday with her suppliers' telling her what is fresh and available. She designs the compact menus, three choices in each category, and spends the next three days preparing for her Thursday-Saturday opening. Reservations stagger entry by half an hour for each of the small number of tables - handmade and simple, like the décor. Animal masks by CircoGringo's local designer Cassie watch the fun.
We were four so ordered everything on the menu - meat, fish and veggie. Much swapping and tasting went on. Every course was a delight. We were there 6-9.30 without feeling rushed or bored. £165 for 4 including the aperitifs and two bottles of wine - well-priced at £18. We could have splashed out and spent £22 a bottle, but the organic Touraine Sauvignon was perfectly fine. A memorable meal.
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