Although the name isn’t exactly original, the idea behind The Restaurant is. Modelled on a home (albeit a very grand one) the venue is split into zones based upon residential rooms.
Going for the element of surprise, we leave our choice of location in the hands of the friendly staff. We’re seated in the dining room, an elegant area with crisp white tablecloths and crystal glasses.
For something less formal you can opt for a seat in the kitchen (with a view of the chefs), the lounge (low sofas), or even the library (we did say said this wasn’t your average one-bed).
Every area shares a menu, though, so if you’re after fine dining while your companion wants a burger, all bases are covered. The list is compact and the food is extremely good, ensuring it’s not just a gimmick. It’s not overly fussy, but dishes are well presented and tasty.
For starters, the cauliflower velouté is light yet creamy, while the roasted beetroot salad with fried goat’s cheese is fresh and delicious. Onto the mains, and the salmon fillet comes in a light and fragrant seafood bisque, while the fregola sarda is packed with chunky seafood.
We suggest you don’t miss the deconstructed tarte tatin, either, as the apple is perfectly spiced beneath the flaky pastry.
Being open 24 hours, there’s really no excuse not to visit.
The bottom line Top-notch fare and an interesting idea.
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