It was my partners birthday and I decided to give Corrigan's a whirl on a friend's recommendation.
We received a very warm welcome and initial impressions were that this was a cool, elegant restaurant without it feeling stuffy. We were instantly relaxed by the great atmosphere, helped somewhat by the excellent champagne cocktails.
My partner has very “specific” tastes and noticed a neighbouring table had a scallop dish which wasn't on the starter menu but our waiter was more than happy to serve this dish, even though it was from the tasting menu. She also didn't like the black pudding it was served with, so the chef devised a whole new dish of scallop with pork belly which my partner described as “stunning!” They could not have been more accommodating.
For main course we shared the “special” of rib of beef, which was cooked to perfection and comes with the theatre of being carved at the table. If you choose this option, go for a vegetable side but avoid potatoes as you get a kilogram of the finest meat!!
We chose a Summerhouse Pinot Noir from New Zealand to go with the beef, which at £70 is not the cheapest on the list but worth every penny to accompany this amazing dish.
For me the star of the show was dessert. I went for the Sicilian lemon meringue with basil sorbet,which was simple, light and refreshing and a great way to finish after the mountain of meat. Simply one of the best desserts I have ever had!
Having whispered to the waiter that it was my partners birthday on arrival, I left it to the restaurant to come up with a suitable way to celebrate the occasion and I wasn't disappointed! A beautiful chocolate ganache cake duly arrived with a single candle and “Happy Birthday” deftly piped in chocolate on the plate. No fuss, no singing, just class, elegance and a very happy lady!
Relaxed, cool, elegant, great menu, fantastic people giving fantastic service!