Thursday, August 31, 2006

After a rest and change back at the rooms, (the V&A is just a walk ) we were allowed into the RAH early to visit the restaurant. I ordered above - Ham Hock and Foie Gras Roulade, Mustard Seed and Celeriac Slaw with Toasted Brioche.

Excellent, just the right saltiness in the Ham and not overpowering the Foie Gras , the celeriac slaw was a great crisp accompaniment to this.

Jackie had above Char grilled Asparagus, Black Fig, Boccocini, Parma Ham and Organic Honey

The cheese stood out for her as did the figs, by the way in case your wondering the asparagus is hidden under the Parma. All the ingredients lovely and fresh. A minor criticism however if the leaf on top was rocket, it was rather tasteless.

Jackie chose one of her favourite fish as her main course above Roast Fillet of Sea Bass , Red Wine and Blackcurrent Shallots , Spinach, Spring Onion Mash. Nicely done with good flavours, simple but very tasty.
I chose the Pan Fried Fillet of Beef with Wild Mushroom Crust, Fondant Potato and Red wine sauce. An excellent piece of beef cooked slightly more medium than I would have liked though the plate was so hot it probably left the kitchen rare, as I asked for it and probably carried on cooking on the pass. Good sauce, again a very simple dish relying on a good flavoured piece of beef.

Jackie finished off with a Gooseberry crumble and I had a Vanilla Pannacotta with Raspberry broth.

With a bottle of wine and coffees the total came to £88.00 for 2 people, good value.

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