We started with canapés, peanut straws with red pepper and guacamole dips, salmon fishcakes and anchovies on tiny little rosti. Lots of strong flavours and a good start.
My first course was foie gras with a honey/berry chutney and a reduction of port - complementary and very smooth. chilledchimp had a velouté of langoustine with mini-prawns and a small tower of coconut flan.
This was followed with a tiny piece of roast pigeon in a pumpkin sauce. It was very well done, gamey and nutty. A nice little thing, although too rich for chilledchimp. We both had the same second course, a large cube of cod accompanied by salsify and cepes. I'm not a big mushroom fan but the fish was meatier than the fungi. On looking back, I think I probably would have prefered two meat dishes. This was well done but chilledchimp enjoyed it more than I did.
Next was the meat, I had rack of lamb with a herb crust, balanced so that the herbs didn't quite overcome the sweet strength of the lamb. chilledchimp had a rather larger portion of guinea fowl, rather pink but with crisp skin and lots of garlic.
Before the pudding we had a yohgurt sorbet with cubes and foam of rhubarb. This was a great little palate cleanser, sweet and acid, great fruit flavour.
Finally, we had Alain Ducasse's Louis XV, a thin base of dacquoise, chilled praline and a topping of rich dark chocolate. Like this one.
Finally, there were petit fours including a rose marshmallow with lemon sherbet and a slightly herby chocolate truffle.
The service was attentive but not stuffy, although the French accents were a little thick at times. We took 1:30 to get to the coffee and then chilled for another 30 minutes. It was good not to rush such a sumptious feast of flavours.
chilledchimp had a glass of Lebanese wine, Château Khoury Rêve blanc, a mixture of three grapes Gewurtztraminer, Chardonnay and Riesling. It had that very distinctive elderberry scent with tones of honey, suprisingly dry and fresh tasting, with a lingering finish.