It was a girl's dinner, and a first visit for me though my friends had been here before. It's an easy place to get to on the train. tram or bus. And if you're driving, the complimentary hotel car park for the duration of your meal is a fantastic bonus.
The restaurant is small, with an Art Deco opulence, but was not particularly intimate. The service was good with knowledgeable and friendly staff. We availed ourselves of the Festival of Food offer of a tasting plate of 3 entrees, a main of your choice and petit fours. Sides and dessert was extra. This offers fantastic value.
Bread, Entrees, mains, dessert (we couldn't resist, and strove to stuff ourselves just a little bit more and forgo coffee!) and petit fours were beautifully presented.
The poultry-themed entrees presented interesting contrasting textures - a deep fried quail's egg, a small bottle of chicken Caesar salad and a slice of chicken terrine topped with crispy chicken skin. The bottle of salad looked lovely, it was a bit of a challenge to eat.
I chose the duck pie with mushrooms to match the wintry, rainy night and was delighted. The pastry was slightly soggy on the bottom of of the golden round, but the duck and mushrooms were bathed in a decadently rich sauce. The lightly dressed salad of baby leaves, micro herbs and citrusy orange segments were a beautiful accompaniment, offsetting the very rich duck and mushrooms. This was a heavenly pairing.
Dessert was a choco plate that I couldn't pass on - with mousse, ice cream and a lava cake. Mmmm..mmm. Yum.
Would we return? Definitely for future Festival of Food offers, and otherwise when the budget permits.
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