Find this good restaurant and wine bar opposite Forbury Garden in the centre of town.
Expect well-space tables, crisp napery and a modern French-based menu, with plenty of interesting surprises.
A snapshot of the starters came up with 'Bouillabaisse of Cornish Fish & Shellfish with Rouille & Croûtons'; 'Pan-Fried Landes Foie Gras with Toffee Apple Purée & Toasted Brioche' and 'Wild Mushroom Fricassée with Poached Hen Egg' from a choice of around ten.
Mains included 'Fillet of Wild Sea Bass à la Plancha with Parmentiere, Wild Garlic, Cockles & Sicilian Lemon'; 'Grilled Fillet of Herefordshire Beef with Hand-Cut Chips, Sauce Béarnaise & Red Wine Jus' and 'Glazed Pig's Trotter with Chicken & Foie Gras Mousse, Morels & Truffles' - again from a choice of about ten. Fish generally depends on the catch of the day.
If you have a sweet tooth, you might be tempted by 'Egg Custard Tart with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream' or 'Iles Flottantes with Lemon Grass Sauce Anglaise & Pink Praline'. Whilst cheese lovers can choose from their selection of British & French Unpasteurised Artisan Cheeses.
Friendly, helpful service.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.15 (wine bar open all day); Mon-Fri set L £19.95 (2 courses), £25.95 (3 courses); mains about £15 to £32
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.00; Mon-Fri (plus Sat until 19.30) set D £28 (3 courses); mains about £15 to £32; Tasting Menu £33 (6 courses)
- Seats: 80
- Wine: an impressive list, as would be expected in a wine bar, kicking off in the low £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Reading Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: all Sun
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating