Booked in for 8:30pm we arrived on time and were invited to have a drink at the bar as our places at the "Chef's Table" which is essentially the bar around the kitchen area were not quite ready for us. We weren't waiting for long though and very quickly were settled into a great corner spot where we watched the action.
The chef in charge that night served us our first course and I immediately recognised his accent from my hometown so rapport was built and we enjoyed that friendly Northern hospitality that is close to my heart!
- Native Rock Oyster, Cucumber, Chamomile, Gin Pickle
- Tongue 'n' Cheek Croquettes, Picalilli
- Persian Feta, Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms, Pickled Pumpkin, Nut Crumble
- Tataki Hiramasa Kingfish, Dill, Kale Togarashi, Vermouth Dressing
- Smoked and Crumbed Hen's Yolk, Fioretto, Young Green Garlic, Green Goddess Dressing
- Swordfish, Celery Root Cream, Burnt Fennel, Onion Ash
And the final savoury course was again in three pieces meaning we had to make sure the third piece was shared exactly in half. No way was I giving up my fair share because this lamb was delicious. Perhaps a little too pink for some tastes but so well rested, it was perfect for me. Served with a medley of beans it was like Spring on a plate.
- Yoghurt Mousse, Lemon Curd, Malt Meringue, Basil
We had a great meal and I like the fact that it is a good place for groups to dine as the food is so approachable and delicious. It's all about the crowd pleaser and that's in line with the "social" aspect in its moniker. Like a group of friends. it comes together and there's good cheer and warmth in every bite and moment.