Within the constraints of a small(ish) restaurant, Restaurant Martin Wishart gave us all the elements of a great evening dining experience - attentive, warm but not over zealous staff, soothing and calm and luxurious surroundings (without being over the top and of course most importantly great food and wine.
As with many other previous reviewers we opted for the tasting menu but with my wife opting to replace the snails with the shrimps from the sea food tasting menu (no problem at all). From the amuse-bouches to the second desert each of the six courses (7 including the amuse-bouches) offered deep concentrated flavours with interesting textures served imaginatively. The only dish that perhaps was not quite as intense in its flavour offering were the snails. Our favourite dish was the salted caramel desert dish (1st of two deserts) - what flavour it packed.
The wine pairings were which without exception worked well with each dish were sourced from all over the world which made it possible to offer a good level of quality at an affordable price. Our favourite was a deeply intense sweet petit manseng from Calvodos served with (you guessed it) the salted caramel desert. The sweet fortified Argentinian Malbec served with the 2nd desert was also an outstanding selection.
My only suggestion regarding the wines would be for the Restaurant to keep its house champagne in the cellar for a little longer to give it some more bottle age as I think this would elevate what was a however a perfectly satisfactory champagne.
No restaurant at this level is cheap, but Restaurant Martin Wishart certainly offered us excellent value for a memorable evening out made especially important as it was given to us by our children for our joint birthday present!
Thank you to the team - we will be back.
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