The meal today began with some good nibbles: bruschetta with wild mushrooms and leeks was well seasoned, but even better was a cocktail stick with rosemary potato, sardine and herb crust with a red pepper coulis (17/20). Best of all was tempura of prawns, which had the ultra-light batter that you seldom see outside top tempura restaurants in Tokyo such as Nanachome Kyoboshi or Kondo (18/20).
Tuna tartare, white tomato mousse and olives was very well balanced (17/20). Better still was buckwheat pasta with red prawns from Sicily and smoked aubergine puree, with lovely prawns (18/20). Turbot with a light curry sauce and pesto was an impressive dish. This sounds a weird combination, yet the spices were very restrained, the turbot had great texture, and the pesto was superb (18/20).
Beef with peas and broad beans, with black olive powder and Parmesan chips was lovely, notable for the superb peas and beans, which had superb flavour. The beef itself, from Castlebridge, was very good, but the vegetables were the star (18/20).
Meringue with passion fruit cream, coconut sauce and Margherita cream featured extremely delicate meringue and lovely flavours (17/20). Even better was pain perdu with diced apple and vanilla ice cream (18/20). Millefeuille of lemon with cherry sorbet had delicate pastry and beautifully balanced lemon cream (18/20). The attention to detail here is shown in the excellent focaccia and the good quality coffee. I have had several really impressive meals here in the last few months, and am nudging up my overall score by a point to reflect the consistently excellent cooking that I have experienced here recently. As a bonus the service was silky smooth, and the sommelier knowledgeable.