The quality of the food is undeniable, but I found the portion sizes lower than I would expect – and the prices a little higher for that amount of food, and drink.
The exterior of the building fades in comparison to other restaurants and cafes which line the street; who make an effort to stand out with bright coloured painted facades. Inside its nice enough with some contemporary art based on boats on its walls. We were a party of 3 and got a lovely window table overlooking the world pass by on the street below.
We ordered drinks whilst we perused the menu. I had a local beer called Bal Maiden. It came in a bottle with an illustration of a large robot holding a young girl in its hand. It was a dark beer, quite nutty and ideal (according to the menu) to accompany a hearty British cuisine.
I fancied the bread platter which would be accompanied with artisan bread, flavoured butters and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It stated it was a portion for 2. I agreed that I would share the excess with others inn my party. I’m not a big eater and I found the platter sufficient enough for one person, although there was more butter than there was bread supplied. As for the flavours of the butters it remains a mystery to me. They were different colours but there was no available waiting staff around before I finished to ask what they were. Suffice to say there was no excess of bread to offer my companions.
The sea bass fillets were beautifully cooked and I especially looked the crispy skin. I was surprised it came on a soup like dish. From the menu, it was described as being accompanied with samphire, diced potato, mussel and dill veloute. I always thought veloute was a sauce but this was a soup. Possibly it’s my misinterpretation but I expected something ‘solid’ accompanying the fish. Don’t get me wrong it was very tasty but I was slightly disappointed in my choice.
My fellow diners thoroughly enjoyed their meals. On the whole, it’s a lovely restaurant. I would not mind returning when I’m back in the area. However, it is quite on the pricey side, even from someone used to London restaurant prices.
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