Theres a short set menu offering two courses for £18.95 and a couple of quid more for a third but we went for the a la carte. Wine list is good and my wife was a particularly pleased to see a range of sherries on offer as shes a bit of fan of a decent fino.
I started with pigeon breast, candied walnut and beetroot. It came with some watercress and a nicely sharp dressing which contrasted well with the candied items. Pigeon was cooked to medium and could have done with a tad less as it was on the point of being chewy.
The other was a much better bet. Scallops and cauliflower puree are commonplace. As are scallops with black pudding. But here the cauliflower had been lightly curried. And the black pudding turned into crispy croquettes. Scallops were accurately cooked and there was dressing of raisins and apple. Nice. Very nice.
We both went for fish main courses. Sea bass; butternut squash risotto; tomato sauce nice piece of fish but the delicate flavour overpowered by the amount of lemon added to the risotto (which also overpowered the sweetness of the squash). The other was a fillet of hake which sat on a mound of salt cod brandade. There was some olive puree, a few scattered roasted cherry tomatoes and a bouillabaisse sauce (presumably menu-speak for a fairly ordinary fish sauce). We shared a side order of superb chips.
Desserts were excellent. Prune& Armagnac crème brulee a very festive set of flavours. Yoghurt & buttermilk pannacotta, cranberry compote and stem ginger icecream more festive flavours the sweetness of the pannacotta working well with the sharp cranberries and the slightly spicy icecream.
Bill, including for a couple of glasses of wine and a bottle of water came to £73, including a voluntary donation of £1 to very worthwhile homeless charity, Streetsmart money raised locally is used locally. Service was bang on not rushed but no inappropriately long delays in either taking orders or bringing food.
At last, somewhere decent to eat in Stockport.
Edited by Harters, 21 December 2009 - 08:29 AM.