Our long awaited return to The Commoner...My memories of The Commoner prior to this visit were so fond...sitting in the courtyard during the height of Summer enjoying a great Sunday dinner then moving into the cooler indoors and sitting in the window enjoying dessert. We'd been meaning to return for a while and the fire that took place there obviously pushed back that second date. We were pleased to hear of the re opening and made a commitment to pick up where we left off....
We started off with some nibbles. Love nibbling...
Rabbit confit and bacon on toast, pickled quince came first and we enjoyed the blend of saltiness, meatiness and sweetness in this little canape of delight. Then came the wild mushroom croquettes. Oh the croquettes...crunchy mini pillows of goodness, sweet, creamy and funghi fragrant. Oh how we debated about getting more and we were so close to it but felt that we had to hold back for the sake of not wasting what was to come.
Bad things come in threes, and we turned this to good things come in threes and our third nibble was home smoked quail with raisins, almond and sweet vinegar. I loved the rich smokiness, the tang of the raisins and the crunch of almonds and it edged out the delicious quail dish from Cecconi's the night before. Steve enjoyed it too but preferred the fetta and beetroot version from Cecconi's but I put that down to the fact that one of his favourite flavour combos is beetroot and a creamy cheese so anything with that will always win him over.
Nibbles over we headed to mains and shared the belly pork with apples and a side of schmaltzy roast potatoes. Schmaltzy as they're cooked in chicken fat. Roast meat fit for a Sunday really and those potatoes were just so wrong that they were amazing.
For dessert I kept things light with the mandarin curd, whey sorbet, and fruit and I loved the icy freshness and the zinginess of the citrus. Steve went with the brown ale pudding, salted caramel sauce which came with a jug or cream to pour over. He was completely won over by this dessert which was apparently feather light and amazing...How to describe my taste? Hints of chocolate, slightly salty and ferrous in flavour but in an incredibly appealing way. Not sugary sweet, bitter sweet like good dark chocolate then feather light spongey in texture with a creaminess to wash the intensity away.
You know how we turned down the possibility of extra mushroom croquettes? Well we didn't have the willpower to do this when it came to more brown ale pudding! And another portion made its way to our tables, onto our spoons and into our mouths!! Yes triple dessert and this was after two wonderful bottles of wine and a couple of cheeky dessert drinks!
Just an amazing Sunday feed. Love you The Commoner!