This time I was looking for up and coming one Michelin star places rather than overly expensive established high end restaurants such as The Square where we'd been on our previous trip. We should be able to save some money too. Dabbous was high on the list as it had been the most talked about restaurant last year with some amazing reviews. Jay Rayner essentially said you'll never eat there as it was so difficult to get a table. I'll be the judge of that I thought. After all, I managed to get into El Bulli. How hard could it be? So usually at least a year behind the times, I managed to get us a lunch time booking several months in advance. The £59 taster menu seemed to be a good deal considering.
They brought us some fabulous olives and some truly wonderful bread in a bag, bread so good that I just couldn't stop eating it. (Some of the finest bread I've eaten all year).
Muscat grapes with lovage & almond milk. Like a cold almond ajo blanco, simple, sweet and slightly salty, I'd file this under 'interesting' rather than stunning.
Coddled egg with mushrooms a smoked butter. I christened this 'woodland goo', it was gorgeous.
|These were gorgeous.|
|The interior is cold as is the service.|
Atmosphere: I didn't much like the cold interior and it was cramped too.
Food: Patchy. Generally good but short of great.
Service: Cold, aloof and slow. Some friendliness wouldn't go amiss.
Star dish: Barbecued grain-fed beef.
* 41 Degrees, Tickets, Aponiente, Casamar and Les Magnolies were all superior experiences for us. I'm not sure if this says anything about the level of Spanish restaurants comparing them to British ones or not.
Soundtrack; Johnny Hammond - Los Conquistadores Chocolates.