last week we had the pleasure of being invited to “The restaurant that makes mistakes” to try some Michelin star level food. The restaurant and kitchen are run completely by people who have been diagnosed and are living with dementia. Bristol’s Michelin star chef, josh eggleton is overseeing for a programme being filmed by channel four. this innovative project aims to raise awareness about dementia and hopefully end some of the stigma that often surrounds the condition.
we arrived for lunch and were met with a friendly welcome from the front of house staff. we were shown to our seats and before long we were brought some water for the table and our drinks orders were taken. the menu itself was short and sweet, which is what I like ton see from a fine dining venue. I chose the Glazed Ox Cheek for my main and I wasn’t disappointed. it was cooked well and fell apart just as I hoped it would, the dish presentation was neat and delicate, and it tasted great. what more can you ask for?
Julia chose the Cod on a bed of pearl barley risotto. which she very much enjoyed.
I was quite excited for dessert, I had eyeballed the bread and butter pudding from the start and it sounded right up my street. Julia ordered the chocolate torte which also sounded lovely. When they arrived I must admit that I immediately had food envy. Julia’s was a lot bigger than mine for one thing, it had a thick biscuit base and lots of creamy rich chocolate layered on top, and then a beautifully placed selection of brittle on the top.
I was cheeky enough to ask Julia to share with me and she did, because she is lovely. Both desserts tasted absolutely divine, but Julia’s definitely had the wow factor, I could have eaten 10 of them. No kidding.
forgive me for saying but with a name like the Restaurant that makes mistakes, I was kind of expecting to see some mistakes! However, did not live up to the name. instead they surprised us over and over again with great service, friendly, warm and attentive staff. and food that was well prepared, presented beautifully and tasted as good as it looked. “The restauraunt that’s full of surprises” feels like a more fitting title to me.