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    33 The Mall: Great Food in Georgian Setting

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    Unfortunately, this restaurant closed in the Spring of 2007. The building is presently on the market for sale (October 2007). You may be interested in reading on for the history of this very beautiful bow shaped building.

    For many years I had been looking at a derelict but once beautiful ond building on The Mall in Waterford. The building was unusual in that it was entirely bow-shaped from top to bottom. The story was that someone had jumped from the top window and so it had lain derelict since. I don't know how true that story is, but I was thrilled several months ago to note that it was being renovated and reconstructed.

    I was even happier still to discover that the developers (two local brothers) had joined forces with the owners of the incredible Coast restaurant in Tramore to establish a new style of eatery for Waterford - this is known as 33 The Mall.

    The restaurant is situated on four levels in this tall, narrow building, and is decorated with perfect Georgian charm. The tables range in size and are far enough from each other so that you don't feel everyone can hear your conversation.

    Service is brisk. You are immediately seated and brought your menu, a drinks order is taken and delivered, and your food arrived very soon after it is ordered.

    The menu is great in that you can order what you want from it in whatever combination - if you just want a bowl of soup, then that's all you have to order.

    However, it's just about impossible to stop at the soup. Try the fresh crab, or the salad of crispy bacon avocado and prawns, or even the home made fish and chips.

    You can go for lunch or dinner. Reservations are not required but are advisable.

    As for the desserts - how about raspberries with a hot white chocolate sauce????

    Favorite Dish: Definitely the raspberries with hot chocolate sauce - the contrast in flavours between the cold tart raspberries and the smooth, sweet, warm sauce. Mmmmm.

    As a little addendum to this post I must add that my sister went to this place last week and was really disappointed in her meal - she felt that everything had been pre-prepared, then frozen or chilled. Not so good that time:-(

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    Mai Thai: Delectable Jumbo Prawns

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated May 11, 2008

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    BY WAY OF UPDATE, THIS LOVELY PLACE IS NO LONGER TRADING. SAD:-(

    This delightful Thai restaurant on three stories opened in Waterford about five months ago and, apart from some unfortunate stories of teething problems at the start, is now a great place for some really good Thai food.

    The restaurant is situated on the Quay in Waterford and is almost directly opposite the bus station. It is also just five minutes walk from the train station and is therefore an ideal place to eat if you're travelling to or from the City. The view from the window seats is of the river and it's pleasant to sit there and watch the boats as you eat.

    The interior decor is wonderful - a great mix of stripped stone walls, heavy wood, and Thai upholstery and authentic ornamentation. On the second storey there's a wonderful canopied love seat with silk-covered cushions where you'd love to languish with your lover anjoying a Mai Thai special coffee (a version of Irish coffee that uses Thai whiskey).

    The service is quick and efficient, the food tasty and good. Between three of us today we ordered the barbecued duck, the lemon chicken, and the jumbo prawns. We tasted a bit of each, and each of the three of us had a different favourite dish. The fried rice was clean and mixed with tiny vegetables and meat pieces. Lots of places just serve a mix of brown coloured sticky rice that you just know is full of fat.

    With our coffees they brought a bowl of the tastiest thin biscuits and then a plate of chocolates. The kitchen was closed by then so we couldn't order desserts, but we didn't really need them.

    There's a special lunch menu that offers great value for money, and they will also let you order from a la carte for lunch. I won't mark the price panel, as prices vary very much depending on which menu you order from.

    I will definitely be back.

    Favorite Dish: The jumbo barbecued prawns. I love prawns, and these were really tasty.

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    Becketts: Gorgeous Food, Friendly People

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated May 1, 2011

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    Becketts opened several years ago on the site of a popular old local pub. The new owners gutted the inside and presented us with a clean , bright and open new interior. The walls are painted a cool cream and each wall or section of wall bears an inscription in the form of a famous quote, with a humorous twist. One of my favourites reads "My Doctor advised me to stop indulging in intimate meals for four.......unless there were three other people present."

    Downstairs is set out in a casual layout, more on the style of a bar than a restaurant. They do have a full liquor license, though the emphasis is definitely on food. Upstairs is more formal and available for private parties and at really busy times such as Christmas.

    In good weather there's a really great garden out the back where you can enjoy your food and drink in blissful surroundings.

    They serve throughout the day and the menu changes as the day progresses - lunch menu, afternoon menu, then evening. At each interval you can enjoy as much or as little as you like - soup, delightful open or closed sandwiches, and full meals.

    Prices are very reasonable for very generous and tasty helpings of food. Expect to pay perhaps five euro for a huge bowl of thick and fishy chowder, and eleven euro for a main meal. More elaborate dishes are available at a la carte prices, with the most expensive at just under twenty euro.

    The business is staffed by the owners in addition to other staff, so you can be sure that a close eye is maintained over everything.

    Favorite Dish: I love the seafood platter - smoked and fresh salmon, king prawns that taste as if they've been marinated in brandy, shelled mussels, crab mayonnaise, very fresh salad leaves, tomato, scallion, red onion, freshly made dressing. Just look at it and then devour it. Don't order a starter with this because you just won't finish it!

    They also do a fabulous home made chicken liver pate. It is very rich and they serve huge portions with toasted brioche, red onion marmalade, and large side salad.

    My all time fave is their Caesar salad with chicken which they serve with a poached egg and freshly grated parmesan on a base of garlic bread. I have this as a main course because it is so yummy and plentiful.

    As this is close to home I find that I come here perhaps once a week - a testament to its goodness.

    It's a hugely popular place with families and children are made very welcome.

    OPEN - from early till late, with a menu that changes as the day progresses.

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    The Wine Vault: Wine bar - in a Genuine Vault

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    Since creating this tip, the establishment stopped selling food in October 2007. It is nevertheless still the best place in Waterford from which to purchase fine wines and is worth a visit just to explore the original vaults.

    High Street in Waterford is a small, narrow, paved street and houses just four restaurants. The first to occupy this street for this purpose was (and still is) The Wine Vault.

    The proprietor, David Dennisson, is a internationally recognised sommellier and established this wonderfully atmospheric restaurant and wine bar in a genuine vault. I took some pics when I had lunch there today, but unfortunately they're a bit blurred.

    The restaurant is on two levels, the top level is entered directly from the street. You walk directly into a wood panelled, stone walled, cosy restaurant and bar area, with a couple of little arched nooks for cosy dining.

    Downstairs you will find the original vaults, fascinating! The wines are stored here and there are also a number of tables which are usually used at night, complete with candles, for incredibly romantic dining. This would also be a wonderful spot for history buffs and ask the staff to fill you in on the history of the place.

    The food is varied, with French and Italian influences. There is an a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner, with daily specials displayed on blackboards throughout.

    You can go for a glass of wine, a dessert and coffee, or a full meal. No matter what you want to eat you will be assured of prompt, pleasant and efficient service.

    Try to book in for one of the wine tasting evenings where you will get dinner and different wines with each course.

    There are also regular talks and tastings presented by the international Vineyards and Wineries. You can also buy wines and gift sets.

    The restaurant is extremely popular, so it is advisable to book at all times. You may be lucky enough to get a table without a booking, but don't take a chance.

    Favorite Dish: Again, it varies from time to time, but I find that they are particularly good with fish and seafood dishes.

    They will also put themselves out to cater for special dietary needs.

    I haven't marked a price bracket as it varies between lunch and dinner, there are lots of special offers, and you might just want wine. I think it represents terrific value for money.

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    Chez K's: Food With Taste

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated May 11, 2008

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    ANOTHER GREAT PLACE THAT HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS IN EARLY 2008. I BELIEVE A NEW OWNER IS POISED TO TAKE OVER, BUT IT REMAINS CLOSED AS AT MAY 2008.

    tHAT SAYING, THE PREVIOUS OWNER RUNS A TERRIFIC SEAFOOD RESTAURANT IN DUNMORE EAST KNOWN AS THE SPINNAKER - SEE MY DUNMORE EAST PAGES.

    Chez K's changed hands about two years ago and the new owners, Niall and Maria Edmondson, have given the whole place an upmarket but available twist.

    The restaurant is large and airy.

    The front area is wonderful to sit in and have a drink while you wait for your table. There's a full and well stocked bar.

    The tables are set a fair distance from each other - there's nothing worse than hearing your neighbours conversation.

    There's a seperate curtained off area near the back which is ideal for small private parties.

    A grand piano graces the centre of the room and live piano music is to be heard regularly.

    The whole atmosphere is that of fun with brightly painted walls, modern paintings by local artists adorning the walls, and an open kitchen.

    The menu is varied and everything tastes simply divine. There is a special four course menu at 69 euro for two people including a bottle of wine. Outside of that the a la carte menu has dishes ranging from about 8 euro for a starter to 30 euro for the most expensive main course. It's worth every penny.

    Ask for Gerry, the restaurant Manager - he's young, excellent, and has been with the place from the start. He's genuinely interested in the business and will help advise you on the best dish of the day.

    There's an extensive wine list - indeed Niall Edmondson has worked as Manager of several renowned five star hotels and knows what he's at.

    Favorite Dish: I adore the assiette of seafood in a light cocunut curry mousseline sauce. The combination of flavours electrifies your tastebuds.

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    Ginos: Mouth Watering Pizza

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated May 1, 2011

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    Ginos has been open since I was at college and in the twenty five years or so since then it has change very little - except perhaps to expand the floor area to allow space for more diners.

    The menu is simple indeed - mouthwatering home made pizzas, garlic bread, basic side salads, and incredible home made ice creams.

    This place sells my favourite pizza in the world and that says a lot considering the amount of time I have spent in pizzaland countries;-) That saying, don't expect real Italian pizza. Gino's sells a pizza of its own style - loaded with toppings!!

    They sell to in-house diners and also to the take away market. They do not, however, deliver. It's always busy so be prepared to wait for a table. It's also right in the heart of the pub centre of the city so would be a good place to come for casual food before setting off on a night of clubbing.

    Service is fast and pleasand and everything is really fresh.

    Favorite Dish: I recommend the Ginos special pizza which has tons of ham, pepperoni, mushroom, peppers, corn,tomato, onion, salami and so on. Lots and lots of cheese there too!

    I would follow this with either the death by chocolate or the banana Baileys. Both of these are totally mouthwatering ice cream dishes.

    They have a limited wine selection at very reasonable prices.

    OPEN - for lunch and dinner.

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    Gino's Pizza: Pizza

    by Dabs Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    For our 1st night in Ireland we wanted something quick and casual so we could get back to the hotel and get a good night's sleep so we settled on Ginos after looking at a few of the other restaurants along Parnell Street and John Street. The interior is very casual, the staff was very friendly

    Favorite Dish: The pizza here was pretty good, we ordered a 14" thin crust pepperoni pizza to split between us, the pepperoni was not like American pepperoni, more like hot dogs. They didn't skimp on the toppings, as you can see from the photo it's loaded! We also had ice cream, it was OK but nothing I would make a special trip to get.

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    The Brasserie: Comfort Food at Comfortable Prices

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Aug 23, 2008

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    This little place has been around for many years, but as it's casual in nature I end up eating there only rarely.

    Today was one of those rare occasions and, as on all those other similar instances, I promise myself I'll come back more often.

    It was pouring rain outside and the queue for a table was out the door - but it moved fast and we were very quickly seated at a clean oilcloth covered table in the window looking out at all the poor bedraggled wet people outside.

    The menu was called "Lunch Menu" but was vast with dishes ranging upwards in price from a starting point of €5.00. There are soups, sandwiches, pastas, burgers, salads, seafood goujons.....pretty much something to tickle every tastebud.

    I ordered the house pizza which was a 10" thick base pizza with very generous toppings. At €14.95 it wasn't the cheapest thing on the menu but was so substantial that I couldn't finish it. I greedily scraped off and ate all the topping and left about three quarters of the base. It was totally yummy.

    My companion had the all day breakfast - two sausages, two slices of bacon, hash browns, mushrooms, fried egg, and beans. Again, large and generous helpings and this came with a full bowl of chips.

    For the breakfast, the pizza, two teas, a latte and a bottled water the bill was €35. Nothing at all wrong with that.

    The only fault I found with the place is that the carpet on the stairs to the bathroom is filthy and really needs to be replaced asap. It lets the rest of this well run establishment down.

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    l'Atmosphere: Perfectly French

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated May 1, 2011

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    A friend had been telling me about l'Atmosphere for about a year and I studiously ignored him as I wasn't impressed on peeking through the door.

    Eventually another friend asked me to meet her there and didn't give me a choice. Am I so delighted to discover it!

    Tucked away in a seldom traversed side street in the centre of Waterford City, this delightful French restaurant serves exciting dishes from a sizeable menu. The menus serve as place mats on the tables, and in addition to these there are specials of the day displayed on a blackboard. It's really hard to make up your mind what you'll have as the choice is so plentiful and everything sounds so amazing.

    It's all quite French here, including all the staff, and if you don't have a smattering of French you may have to repeat your order once or twice before they get it right:-)

    The atmosphere is rustic with stripped stone walls, wooden floors, wooden tables and chairs, and various paintings adorning the walls, including several for sale.

    One down side for families is that there's no kids menu and they charge full price for anything a child orders from the main menu.

    Favorite Dish: I've been here a couple of times recently, but on my last visit I started with crab claws in garlic and lobster sauce. I was presented with a bowl containing four large juicy crab claws in a totally delicious sauce of garlic and lobster. It was more like a rich lobster bisque garnished with crab claws and I pronounced it divine.

    My main course was Dublin Bay Prawns. If you've never had these prawns before then you simply don't know what you're missing. They are each about 2 inches in length out of the shell and are juicy and tasting of the ocean. I adore them. They are quite unlike prawns that I have had anywhere else in the world.

    I finished with the Dessert Temptation - and what a temptation it is! A platter of perhaps six different mini desserts finished with an amazing granate of lime and basil which totally stripped the palate and left me feeling so refreshed.

    After two coffees I was left feeling more full than I have in a very long time.

    OPEN - for lunch and dinner.

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    Jade Palace: This Oldie is Still a Goodie

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated May 15, 2009

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    The Jade Palace was Waterford's first ever Chinese restaurant. Indeed, it is said that it's founder, Johnny Fan, was one of the first (if not the first) Chinese restauranteur in Ireland.

    Although the restaurant has since changed hands (now owned by a relative of the infamous Johnny Fan) it is still as good as ever.

    Housed in an elegand period building, the decor is opulent. Recently the bathrooms have been remodelled, the walls are now graced with tanks of elegant tropical fish, and backlit glass panels etched with Chinese symbols provide subtle lighting. Essentially, the place remains much the same - including the menu. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    Favorite Dish: It is particularly fine value to come here for lunch. For just €11.50 you may enjoy a starter plus a main course and coffee. Dessert is just a euro extra. For this you will get generous portions of soup, a plate of special fried rice or perhaps the tangy sweet and sour chicken, first class service, and sumptuous surroundings. They've been doing this for twenty or thirty years, maybe more, and they've been doing it well.

    Most recently I lunched here with two friends. I enjoyed the chicken and sweetcorn soup, thick as chowder and rich with beaten egg. I followed this with the house special fried rice - a plate full of tasty rice, jewel coloured vegetables, prawns, chicken, and barbecued pork. Totally delicious. For the three of us, including wine and soft drinks, the bill totalled €51.00.

    This is to be highly recommended. During the day it is popular with City workers and for business lunches. At night it attracts a local crowd in the main and is very popular with couples for a romantic meal.

    Prices at night are more expensive, but you can eat certain dishes in the cocktail bar downstairs at a lower price.

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    Dooley's Dry Dock Bar: Horsey Hotel's Pub Grub

    by SabrinaSummerville Written May 15, 2009

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    Dooley's Hotel is situated in a prime position in Waterford City, directly across from the bus station.

    Substantially renovated in recent years, its Dry Dock bar overlooks the main Quay and the Suir River and attracts a great crowd morning, noon, and night.

    The bar is warm and inviting. There are two main sections to it and they are decorated in a horse-racing theme with genuine memorabilia from the historic past of Waterford horse racing. That is not to say that the sport is not still enjoyed here, as the nearby Tramore racecourse is very much a vibrant thing of the present. The floors are flagstone and the walls stripped brick. Tables and chairs are rustic wood and the thick oriental rugs underfoot make it all feel like an extension of home.

    Favorite Dish: Bar food service begins with a full Irish breakfast that is offered for a mere €4.50 and extends into lunch and afternoon snacks with paninis at €6.95 and more substantial meals at equally attractive prices.

    Food is good and service in general is efficient. That saying, it does get very busy and you may have to catch someone's attention to ensure promptness if you are in a hurry.

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    Emiliano's: Fantastic Italian

    by jpburke3 Written Jan 16, 2007

    What can I say about Emiliano's? The food was, in a word, outstanding. I started out with the Insalata Caprese, which was plentiful and very tasty. As a main course, I had the Spinach Ravioli. The pasta was delicious, and the filling creamy. For desert, I had the tiramisu, which melts in your mouth. The place is a little small, so calling ahead for reservations, especially on the weekends, is a must. There is an early bird special from 5pm-7pm, which has a lot of food for the value. They also serve lunch from 12-2:30.

    Favorite Dish: Everything!

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    Ginos: Yummy Pizza and Ice-Cream

    by kiki_irl Written Jan 24, 2007

    Small pizza place in the Apple Market. The only other Gino's is in Cork city. Friendly staff, good prices, nice atmosphere (suitable for families). Its only a small restaurant but its well worth a visit. No need to book, just turn up. Also do pizza for collection (no deliveries).

    Def. the best pizza in town!

    Favorite Dish: Gino's special Pizza and Vanilla ice cream *drooool*
    The special has a heap of toppings (very good value for money) and the homemade vanilla ice cream is just..yummy!

    Chocolate lovers will LOVE their Death by Chocolate.

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    Chez K's - Fitzwilton Hotel: Dreadfully Disappointing

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 25, 2009

    A couple of years ago there was a superb restaurant in Waterford called Chez K's. It moved from older premises to new, changed hands, and just got better and better.

    Then the new owners closed the business and moved to a different type of restaurant business in Dunmore East and the whole idea of Chez K's became a distant memory. Rumours abounded that the amazing manager of the former Chez K's was negotiating to buy out the lease, but the an Italian restaurant opened (and flopped) on the premises and we figured it was all just rumour.

    Then the glamorous Fitzwilton ffour star boutique hotel opened in what most would think of as perhaps not the best site in town and, lo and behold, Chez K's was reborn at the Fitzwilton complete with Gerry the former Manager.

    We didn't get to try it until today, and in retrospect that was perhaps a good thing and we won't be rushing back.

    The decor is nice - bistro style, with high ceilings, mood lighting, and vibrant modern art on the walls.

    Our waitress, Siobhan, was lovely and efficient and on duty alone. Later one of the hotel staff came to help her when a pre-booked large party arrived. Other than us, there was nobody else in the restarurant.

    Favorite Dish: The bread was tomato & fennel plus brown. They were both home made and absolutely gorgreous.

    My sister and I started with the warm smoked salmon salad. How could they get that wrong? But they did. The salmon was icy cold and served with one type of salad leaf only plus some tasty piquant sauce. Now there is a major difference between warm and cold anything, but especially smoked salmon which cooks slightly when warmed. We passed on our complaints to the chef.

    My Mother had a bacon potato cake with fried curly kale and a quarter of a scotch egg. I could be wrong but I'd swear they bought the scotch egg pre-made in a local deli because it didn't taste either fresh or tasty; plus to me the bacon and cabbage duo was too salty.

    Main courses were chicken with sausage and nut stuffing (sister), roast beef (Mum), and beer battered haddock (me).

    The first shock was that the three plates were brought to the table with one single-sized portion of veg between the three of us.

    The second shock was my fish - it looked for all the world as if it had been pre-fried, trimmed of batter to make it easier to store, and then re-fried so that there were straight lines at either end with the fish showing through. I'll add pics to illustrate.

    The other dishes were passable, except for the yorkshire pudding on Mum's roast beef. While it was definitely home made, the chef clearly hasn't mastered the trick of adding the batter to really hot fat with the result that this was the ugliest yorkshire pud I have ever seen (again, pics to demonstrate). Complaints to the chef produced one more plate of veg.

    I was looking forward to my dessert and opted for chocolate brownies as my young nephew fancied sharing. Disaster. There was no taste of chocolate from what appears to have been a christmas-pudding type mix with a bag of slivered almonds thrown in.

    Price-wise, it's €20 a head for three courses and tea/coffee. They took off the cost of the 2 smoked salmon meals. We weren't a bit happy and won't be back.

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    La Boheme: Magnifique

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 25, 2009

    When Masterchef Eric Theze and his wife Christine told me they planned to open their own restaurant they immediately got my attention. For a number of years Eric had been Head Chef at the renowned Faithlegg House Hotel in Co. Waterford and the thought of him having freedoom of gastronomic expression in his own premises was truly exciting.

    As it turned out, the reality far outstripped anything I could have imagined. La Boheme is by far the ebst restaurant in Waterford City at present and I look forward with relish to an evening out there.

    The premises itself is absolutely delightful. Situated in the basement of the old Waterford Port Authority building it's all original stone walls and vaults. The restaurant consists of a comfortable bar area for pre-and post-dinner drinks, a large dining room, and a number of smaller ante-rooms for small parties and private dining. The floor are flagstone to complement the stone walls and the furnishings are much in keeping with the theme.

    Off the corridor leading to the bathrooms is a wrought iron staircase which is gated and upon which the wines are artfully stored.

    One thing that I find particularly delightful is the collection of miscellaneous bone china that's used for tea and coffee service. It's all random and all beautiful and redolent of tea inn Granny's drawing room. Apart from that, each course is served on a wide variety of plates and platters to suit the particular dish.

    Favorite Dish: The food is exciting and orgasmically tasty. The menu is varied season to season and, apart from the staples, there are specials every night.

    On my last visit I started with a generous amuse bouche of a chilled soup together with a foie gras lollipop the likes of which I have never tasted before and left me longing for more.

    This was followed by a scallop and prawn salad. The shellfish was succulent and the salad varied and crisp. Seasoned with a raspberry vinaigrette, it was garnished with Autumn berries, pink grapefruit, and orange. One taste complimented the next without beiing overpowering.

    For the main course I decided on the venison, as it was Autumn and perfectly in season. Venison can be tricky, and not everyplace serves it perfectly - but Eric does it at La Boheme.

    I skipped dessert and went straight for the cheese plate. At La Boheme they present a variety of ten or more wonderful local and international cheeses on a trolley and allow you to choose as much, as many, or as few as you wish. These are served with a variety of biscuits and fruit.

    I finished with some wonderfully strong coffee and excellent petit fours.

    There's an eclectic wine list and a full bar licence.

    This restaurant has to be experienced. Quite simply, it's sperb.

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