After reading on this site of this until-then unknown (to me) bistro within 5 miles of home, and given the very positive comments, I was very keen to go. It took several attempts to succeed in securing a table; you need to book a fortnight in advance for a Saturday, it appears. So at 9pm 16/2, we entered what was small and very busy single room, with two large parties, and a capacity of probably about 35 full bar 4 places, 2 of which we willingly occupied. They are really trying to be as successful as they can be; it shows throughout. The staff are well-mannered and attentive. The premises are clean and tidy and well decorated. I guess it would look better and have more of an atmosphere if there was less ambient light and more candle light, but that's being excessively picky, so I shall stop that now.
The food? Well, er, it was................absolutely superb.
From the now concluded Valentine's menu, my good lady's scallops with black pudding in a nut crumb with cauliflower korma was the best I have ever tasted (we like to share what we order!), whilst my game terrine with chutney, walnuts and pickled carrot was faultless.
The mains were even better, the goats cheese tart tatin with tomatoes, new potatoes and micro-salad was the best we have had anywhere, and my pork loin, in a smoked cheese and mustard crumb, red cabbage, red wine jus and mash could not be criticised in any way at all; other than the substantial portion was not on my plate long enough!
And my dessert? Chocolate and chilli cheesecake with pineapple salsa. Good God, it was good with just enough chilli to leave a wee drop of heat after the last mouthful was gone.
Go again? Without doubt (it would easily meet Packer’s standards (my friend whose positive comment about eateries is harder to get than Michelin stars and his spelling and grammar likewise)).
Recommend you go and try it? Don’t think twice, just do it!
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