We've been a big fan of Russell since we first visited Sienna back in 2011 describing his food then as 'clean, elegant and delivering full value on the promise'. And so it was with the 10th anniversary meal, where for example, the proximity to great locally caught fish is allowed to shine in a plate of brill with spring onion mash, saffron and red pepper. This, as with all his plates, are never unnecessarily elaborate, rather, good ingredients cooked well to gently coax from them all they have to offer.
While there are clearly influences of French and Italian cuisine running through his menus, this is in many ways the very definition of British cooking where Russell strongly supports local producers and the menu reads always like a list of things you know and want to eat. And when it arrives, the plate is uncluttered, the food classy. Sienna is the kind of restaurant we get great joy from eating at and instills in you more than a little pride that Britain does now offer quality restaurants across the country, many like Sienna tucked unassumingly far away from the predictabilities of Mayfair.
So if this summer you're heading down to the south coast for a holiday, and want to add a touch of elegance to your food itinerary, we whole heartedly recommend stopping by Sienna and checking out Russell's food. This monster 10 course celebration menu has now of course ended but no matter, for there is always something wonderful cooking in Russell's kitchen, for that's how you survive 10 years in the business and that's how you win a Michelin star to boot. Congratulations again to Russell and Elena, here's to the next 10.