Aptly named The Art School, not only is it housed in an old Art School. The food, presentation and delivery together make a work of Art that I captures all the senses in a stunning experience In a beautiful building. In a lovely location. The staff are wonderful. From the moment you’re greeted at the door. By the ‘man in the hat’ to all the staff. Richardn daniela waited on our table, they added to the amazing experience with all their enthusiasm for the beautiful food. They’re attentiveness, they were fun and engaging. We had the taster menu. Which was so many courses. Each one a new and exciting moment in your life. The presentation and subtle explosions of flavour. Chef Patron Paul Askew, somehow managing to balance the flavours so that the true taste of the ingredients was not lost, but enhanced. A true natural beauty and richness to the senses. This is an incredible memory for me which will always be one of my top moments. Feel like a Queen. If ever you get a chance dine here.
It's been a few months since we were last at the Art school. Suffice to stay standards have not slipped and if anything service and quality has improved (if thats at all possible)The menu was a delight and executed with honesty and precision. So much of food is about quality of ingredients and the sourcing of meats fish and vegetables and the wines and cheeses is clearly what keeps this establishment, in my book at least, at the top of the tree for Fine Dining.
Took my wife (and kids) for her birthday and lived up to the hype. Fantastic restaurant that could easily be a top restaurant in London or NY. The service is friendly, not arrogant but knowledgeable and truly wants to make the experience great.
The meal starts with some canopies and champagne (they offered juice or mocktails to our kids). The canopies were quite nice, I dislike mushrooms but a mushroom macaron was fantastic as was a black pudding canopie.
The next amuse bouche was a cold pea soup with creme fraiche. I normally don't like cold soup but this was fantastic, even my picky daughter asked if she could lick the cup. It tasted like a cross between mushy peas and split pea soup.
My starter was wood pigeon with foie gras. The foie gras was great, nice portion of pigeon though I found it a tad gamey (maybe that is how wood pigeon is). It was beautifully presented but probably would go with a different starter.
My main was perfect, the fish of the day, a John Dory. It was crisp yet tender and moist, prepared wonderfully. Everything on the plate was just perfecct.
We then opted for the cheese, which was also great. Unlike France, here you select 5 cheeses. As one, I picked a cheddar for my daughter to try. It turned into my favorite, the best cheddar I have ever had. It was also accompanied with a nice glass of port.
Two small pet peeves, but nothing to distract from the five star review. Early in the meal, I mentioned to one of the servers that it was my wife's birthday and it would be nice if they put a little message on the dessert plate (I saw it at an accompanying table). That fell through the cracks.
Also, we ordered the cheese expecting to pay a supplement and still get to try one of their beautiful desserts. They never asked for our dessert order and instead gave it as a replacement (and did not charge the supplement). We were probably better off, more than enough food, but we did want the full experience.
Finally, we saw beautiful pettite fours and chocolates served to other tables. I believe it accompanied after dinner coffee but we are not coffee drinkers. Would have loved the option to order these without the coffee (especially for the kids) but realistically normally in this calibre restaurant they accompany the check.
All very minor peeves to what was a wonderful experience and highly recommended.
The entire experience of dining here was nothing short of exquisite. The best best vegan food I've ever experienced, and I say experienced rather than tasted because this was a gastronomic and dining experience, not merely "a meal". Everything was balanced to perfection, every course was a gourmet explosion of tastes that journeyed across your palette with well defined start, middle and finish. The service was just great, and I finished the evening with the best espresso I've had in and English speaking country. Book it, book it now, and dress nice. This place is the best.