Lussmanns Fish & Grill - Bishops Stortford.
When: Saturday 22nd Janurary 2011
Drink - La Brouette Rosé NV Starter - Western Isles crab linguine hand picked, white crab meat, fresh chilli & parsley
Mains - Rump steak & frites (8oz) & Garlic butter sauce
Sticky toffee pudding toffee sauce and vanilla bean ice cream
What I thought: The food and service were both incredible. Our gorgeous waitress Natalie made the whole experience enjoyable and all the other staff were very friendly. Starter was amazing, in fact, I tried all of the starters that was ordered on my table - the mushroom bruschetta and the bubble and squeak soup were equally delicious. My crab linguine was perfect and is also available as a main.
The steak was one of the best I have had in a while - I asked for medium and it was cooked to perfection, lovely and pink inside and so juicy. Chips were served in a little tin bucket which was cute.
Dessert was lovely but I couldn't finish it because I was already stuffed! The sticky toffee pudding had little hints of raisens and marzipan (although I could have been imagining this?) and the ice cream was superb!
Produce - It was my first time dining at Lussmanns but I was so impressed with the produce - all fish is sustainable, and produce is all local, even the cider! Ingredients were fresh and flavoursome.
Restaurant: The layout of the restaurant is lovely, nice and spacious, a piano at one end and sofa's at the other. A big palm tree was in the centre of the space with nice little seats around it which was a nice touch. Upstairs was a bar but I didn't get to see that, but the toilets were nice and smelt like fresh jasmine flowers.
Price: I ordered off the A La Carte menu, and I worked out that for my three courses and glass of wine it came to approx £32, which isn't bad for three courses but is quite pricey for a student like myself. A set menu is available from 12-7, where you can get three courses for £13.95 - which is much more affordable, and the options still sound lovely!
Would definitely go again. Romantic when the piano is playing, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a date or a family meal out.