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|Address:||The Zetter Hotel, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ|
|Tel:||020 3463 0298|
|Price: £43.00||Wine: £15.95||Champagne: £49.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7-10.30am 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm|
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I very quickly glossed through other diner reviews (just to look at the scores), and noticed that most people think the food in this place is very good. Perhaps I ordered the wrong things, or I have simple tastes or else I have different taste buds from everyone else, but I was totally underwhelmed by the food in this admittedly atmospheric restaurant.
I was there for a friend's birthday and most of my friends really seemed to enjoy their food, but I really really didn't. There wasn't really anything I could say I found revolting (I ate everything on my plate – I have a healthy appetite!) or that wasn't skilfully cooked. It just really wasn't my cup of tea at all.
Starter – Guinea fowl boudin blanc on Jerusalem artichoke and cep – flavourful, but I won't be trying this again. It was the first time I had tried boudin blanc so perhaps that was why I didn't enjoy it? Thought it was just a bit slimy really and wished I'd ordered something else. Not the most appetising thing to look at on a plate either. Looked rather insipid on the plate.
Main – Hare royale à la Bistrot Bruno Loubet. Apparently a signature dish? I just didn't get the fuss to be perfectly honest. I didn't enjoy the mix of textures in the dish, but then I really am not a fan of terrine either, which is what it reminded me of – it was like a hot terrine without the jelly plus a lot of very dark treacly looking sauce (placed on a bed of mashed potato). Very rich – too rich for some. That's all I can say really.
Dessert – Bizarrely there was nothing actually on the dessert menu which I really wanted to try. This amazed my friends who were struggling to choose. Clearly we just have different tastes. When I found out that the Poached rhubarb, strawberry & balsamic jam conversation was similar to a mille feuille I decided that that was the dessert for me. Disappointingly the jam was just far too sweet for my liking. I'll stick to the real deal thanks, and limit it to something I have with a cup of tea or coffee in the middle of the day.
One of my friends sitting next to me did seem to fare better on the food front claiming all three courses she tried were delicious – I wish I had ordered what she did! : couscous with king prawns (on the specials) for starters; pan fried sea bream, cauliflower and parsley purée, squid ink stew for her main; and orange and cardamom crème brulée, orange blossom sorbet for dessert. I can vouch for the dessert which surprisingly (I don't like orange in my desserts) good – very subtle flavouring.
Another friend tried the Mauricette snails and meatballs, royale de champignons sauvages for starters (which I tried – pretty nice, but again I personally wasn't wowed by it). She also had the Pear and ginger financier cake, goat's milk ice cream, vincotto for dessert which I also tried. The ice cream was surprisingly pleasant (I don't like goat's milk..or so I thought, but all tasted just fine to me). The let down was the pear and ginger financier cake though – couldn't taste any ginger in it at all.
Look at me..the moaning minnie! As I said, everyone else in my group (including the most important person that evening – the birthday girl) seemed to really enjoy their food, but I'll be doing my best to come up with excuses not to return.