Opened in August last year on the site that was at one time Howards, this is a small and cosy restaurant with views across the Cumberland Basin. The staff were all pleasant and friendly and the menu offered a tempting looking selection of dishes as well as a couple more from a small specials board. The wine list was fairly limited with only about half a dozen or so of each colour, but the Sancerre that we chose was very good. Starters and main courses arrived very quickly, but there was then quite a delay for desert and we had to chase up our bill as it had not materialised. On the whole though despite this hiccup, service was attentive and very good.
A starter of crab and scallop thermidor was very tasty indeed. The sourdough croustade had a slightly chewy texture that I wasn’t really sure went with it, but this didn’t really detract from the dish. A great start to the meal. This was followed by the sea bas with a smoked haddock and crab mousse and this too was a very good dish, with the sea bass wrapped around the mousse in the centre of the place and accompanied by a dill and vermouth sauce and some miniature parmentier potatoes.
A St-Emilion au Chocolat to finish was also very good and a great end to the meal, although across the table the lemon indulgence was a little disappointing. Although we had asked what it consisted of before ordering, we hadn’t expected warm doughball type things in a batter. There was nothing really wrong with it, but not what we had expected and would not have ordered it if we had known. Overall though, a most enjoyable meal and highly recommended.
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