I loved it the first time round and there is very little to add in a second piece, such that I probably wouldn't have bothered were it not for the fact that it is such a little gem of a place and really cheered me up after our trip to TMBTC left me wondering if I just didn't "get" modern food anymore. I've been lacking an appetite lately anyway and my palate was feeling distinctly jaded by the time we rolled up.
Consider me...un-jaded (if there is such a term). From start to finish it is almost impossible to pick a highlight. The moment that the fresh bread arrived at the table with toasted seeds and smoked artichoke puree, we knew that we were in safe hands.
We opted for the seven course tasting menu (with an additional amuse and post dinner chocolates it was, strictly speaking, nine in all) and it was a study in how tasting menus should be. Every dish was small but perfectly formed. And see how pretty?
The table was divided as to the best savoury course of the night - was it the buttery turbot with the punchy, herby pickled clams and the rich smoked mussel sauce? (Apologies for the deterioration in picture quality - the lighting switched to "romantic" at this point)
Or the hogget that just melted in the mouth with the punchiest garlic peas that you ever did see?
A wonderful night out in a truly wonderful little restaurant. Thank you, Norse, for rejuvenating my palate and getting me excited about cooking again!