Service is pretty exemplary and a little on the formal side but as refined ladies(!) we don't mind a bit of polite formality. Philippe feels classy and sophisticated and certainly has that je ne sais quoi that makes it tres chic.
We begin proceedings with entrees:
I have the pea soup and it's a beautiful shade of pale green; sweet in flavour with a salty bacon hit. It's classically beautiful.
- Collinson & Co Black Angus porterhouse 300g, cassis & red wine jus, polenta fries
- Beer braised beef cheek “Carbonnade”, carrot, cumin, bacon emulsion, opaline
I have the steak and it's well cooked and delicious. I feel that the two polenta chips are bland and unnecessary and they look like play food. The real French fries we ordered and share are the real deal.
Shern has the braised beef cheek and declared it good. That's all we need to know!
- Rum baba, exotic fruit salad, mascarpone Chantilly
- Oeuf á la neige, passionfruit curd
My choice was the rum baba and it came with pineapple and mango shards. I enjoyed it but the baba itself was a little bit soggy and perhaps over soaked in the rum syrup but it didn't stop me from eating the whole thing!
The oeuf a la neige was apparently a light souffle like way to end things and delicious.
Philippe is all the good things about French cuisine under one classy roof. It's a great classic and you can't go far wrong if it's some ooh la la you're after.