Notwithstanding the warm consideration shown to us at dinner (the manager had very thoughtfully enquired if we wanted our eggs thoroughly scrambled instead of runny because he'd observed that my girlfriend was pregnant), service was choppy and inefficient. There were inordinately long lapses between our courses, a dessert order was taken wrongly, we had to ask for the menu repeatedly, and our water glasses were left parched.
Despite the less-than-stellar service, and the chef's "disgruntledness", the food was excellent. Every dish was executed with an unaffected finesse, refining classically comfort food with a homestyled edge.
1) Roasted Sea Scallops ($24): plump and glazed with truffle butter, topped with crisp prosciutto and onion films
2) Crayfish Macaroni & Cheese ($16): gratinated with cheddar and cream sauce but still light and layered with bits of diced crayfish.
3) Braised Pork Cheeks ($32): moist and tender. Slices of soft miso-ed daikon and airy truffle mousseline sided this
4) Duck Cassoulet ($34) with lyonnaise sausage, coco beans and vine tomatoes: heartily rustic
5) Roasted Salmon ($29): delightfully crackling skin and moist flesh, balanced by crisp green apple strips, creamed fennel and apple balsamic reduction.
6) Spinach and Potato Revueltos ($8): laced with fantastic moist egg scramble. Unabashedly simple, but so incredible in taste.
7) Sticky Toffee Pudding ($14) with vanilla ice-cream: the best I'd ever had. I love toffee so I may be a little biased here. Moistened with a stickily sweet caramelisation, and juxtaposed with the icy touch of the vanilla bean ice-cream, the confection was just pure orgasmic heaven.
8) We'd originally ordered the chocolate fondant, but were mistakenly served the Deconstructed Cheesecake ($16) instead. We were mollified when we tasted the concoction of light cream cheese mousse, crunchy crumble and tart raspberries. Nuanced and balanced, this is a worthwhile order if you prefer a lighter dessert to round off the meal
0 people found this review helpful
Was it helpful to you? Yes