Indeed, a special mention must go to service today which wasn't just good but was the very best of its kind. Our waiter was courteous, attentive and friendly, knowing exactly when we needed him at the table and always willing to make that extra effort to ensure we had a good time. He was an excellent example of how good front of house can really add another dimension to the enjoyment of the meal.
Today, we were tempted by the a la carte menu though the Prix Fix also looked excellent, not least the main course of Poached monkfish cheeks, cockle risotto and mange tout: surely a winner.
From the a la carte, we chose the spring vegetable risotto and marinated heirloom tomatoes, goats cheese, baby vegetables and basil oil. Both were enticingly presented and perfect dishes for the time of year. The risotto was cooked just right and the tomato plate was full of wonderful flavours and one of the best goat's cheese I've tasted in a long while. Portion sizes were excellent and it was an ideal start. At this point we also discovered that the restaurant has an outside terrace and the day being sufficiently nice, staff kindly assisted our move outside.
Sticking with seasonal themes and now sitting in almost sunshine, our choices of Fillet of sea bream with spring vegetable Barigoule, and Breast of Landaise chicken, St George's mushrooms, fresh peas, pancetta & asparagus seemed just ideal. The fish was precisely done with a lovely crisped top while the Barigoule was the perfect accompaniment. The hearty portion of chicken ultimately defeated us in portion size but was lovely all the same.
Rice pudding is making a popular comeback to menus these days and La Chapelle delivered theirs with mango. As a rice pudding lover, it was a treat, luxurious, very (very) creamy and put a smile on my face - what more can you ask of dessert?
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