We were the first in the door and asked if we could sit in one of the gorgeous bay windows. Sadly we were told no, that table was reserved, despite the fact that throughout our meal and up to not long before we left, it remained empty. Anyway.. moving on, after we were seated, the menus were presented and everything looked delicious and interesting. They offer a great value set menu - £17.00 for 2 courses or 3 for £21.00. Of course we opted for 2 courses but on the proviso that should there be room, we'd squeeze pudding in too!
To start, I went for Tapenade Toast, Italian Cheese Tuile, Poached Egg, Hollandaise and it was lovely. I'm a big fan of tapenade and this was just as it should be - rich and salty with black olives and capers.The egg was poached perfectly and added a needed creaminess to the dish. I wasn't overly sure the tuile added much as you already had the salty hit from the tapenade - but I gobbled it up anyway!
For mains, we were both eyeing up the same dish but my rules are firm - if you're eating with Gingey Bites, you have to order something different! So, Vicky went for Sticky Treacle Glazed Brisket of Beef, Chimichurri, Celeriac Puree, Parsnip Chips and I had the Free Range Pork Loin Cutlet, Parsley Mousseline, Nutmeg Kale, Smoked Bacon Sauce. The pork loin cutlet was really fab, soft and well cooked and the smoky bacon sauce went perfectly with the kale and pork on my plate. However, although the treacle glazed brisket was soft and tender, the chimichurri it came with was oily and didn't have the kick of green herbs and chilli it should have. Disappointing.
|The offending side veg and potatoes|
Over and Out.