There are some restaurants that you have such a perfect experience at that you dare not revisit in case it does not live up to that memory. Restaurant Sat Bains is one of those – a restaurant I had visited nearly 4 years ago for my birthday and had one of those most interesting, thought-provoking meals. I can still remember each and every single dish of that meal which is a testament to how memorable my experience was. This would be my 3rd visit here, having visited once when they held a solitary star. For the complete, experience, we would also be staying in one of the hotel rooms, which are all individually furnished and unique. Nothing beats rolling into bed after a lengthy meal.
We had some difficulty booking as the restaurant only takes bookings a few months in advance. We were not disappointed - it was well worth the wait. The restaurant is quite small and intimate, but very comfortable. Service is excellent, the waiters attentive and knowledgeable but not intrusive. Our 10 Course menu was amazing with excellent attention to detail. We even got to meet Sat in the Kitchens, Thanks to all who made our visit special. We will definitely be making a return visit next time we are in the UK.
The Crossover - a dish to ease the transition between savoury and sweet, it was an absolute mind bending belter. A 'jammy dodger' made from tomato, and a sherbet dip made from carrot covered in a sweet, sticky sauce and the sherbet being fully spoonable once the carrot had gone.
Lenton Lane - world class. An interpretation of the classic Rocky road (and Lenton Lane definitely is a rocky road - my suspension will never be the same), it was the most intensely rich, flavoursome and chocolatey dessert I've ever had. The honeycomb was incredible, the aero light and the chocolate snow added last minute is inspired. A picture of a dish as well.
Perilla - man oh man, another one I didn't expect a huge amount from when it was presented, but a proper little box of tricks it was. The cold, possibly semifreddo coconut cream was unbelievably tasty, and distracted me from the cherry hiding underneath. The cherry took me by surprise, a very pleasant surprise! It was the perfect foil to the rich Lenton Lane that came before it.
Conclusion - another absolute mind melter, it's candy floss, but hiding within us a solid, sweet block of, what tastes a lot like Thai green curry. It's all very weird but absolutely delicious. There's every chance the pastry chef is a wizard.
Also a shout to the black treacle bread!
This is an experience that will stay with me forever. I'd built this up in my head so much before going, and it absolutely exceeded all expectations. You won't find a better restaurant in the UK in my opinion - Sat and the team, you are absolute legends!
A 2 star Michelin restaurant in Nottingham? Rooms, steps away from their restaurant? Oh no, would I be able to book dinner & a room with only a week's notice? The stars aligned and YES, I had a reservation (restaurant is open only 4 nights/week).
Its tucked away on back roads near the River Trent. We arrived early and took a stroll for a couple hours around the river. Upon our return, we were immediately led to a perfectly cozy, quaint room. Outdoor patio seating, indoor seating area, cold water, fantastic tea & coffee, with fresh milk in the room were waiting along with a hot shower and plush towels. We were so comfortable, we were disappointed that we had to rush off for meetings.
We returned for our 9pm dinner reservation. We arrived 15 minutes early for a cocktail. And then we were led to the table for our culinary adventure to begin. I have been to 2 star Michelin restaurant, Melisse and 3 star Michelin restaurant Per Se and each restaurant offers a unique experience. Sat Bains was elegant, yet casual and the only one to offer a room that was commensurate with the dining experience. Thus, its been our favorite experience.
We opted for the 7 course tasting menu and added Duck Egg and Wine Pairings. The 7 courses included Scallop, Deer, Royal Kidney, Grouse, Chocolate and Blackcurrant. The wine pairings were a global experience, as well, with wines from Germany, Australia, Hungary, Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand and California. Its always a challenge with an evening like this to not "tap out." We barely made it through, but loved the ability to schlepp to the comfort of our room.
But it doesn't end there! In the morning, an incredible breakfast is provided in the atrium. Fresh orange juice, the BEST yogurt I had ever eaten, etc. After breakfast, I just wanted to go back to sleep, but alas, back to work.
Finally, ALL staff was friendly, accommodating and we would love to return. An extraordinary experience.