I'm yet to visit Clipstone's Michelin-starred older sibling, Portland but if it's anything like this, it'll be moving further up on my must-eat list! I had a meeting arranged here and it's the perfect setting, a relaxed, open space with large windows and a view into the kitchen which I love.
The simply laid out menu is broken up into 4 sections; 'Cold Cuts & Crudos', 'Winter Plates', 'Larger Plates' and 'Sweet'. Where to start? The kind waiter suggests choosing 3 plates from each section and 2 from the Larger Plates menu as there are three of us dining. It took us a while to narrow down our choices but we finally settled on (from top left); Jerusalem artichoke, sultana buttermilk & coconut (£10), Crudo of wild sea bass, cauliflower & citrus (£11), Cornish monkfish, young carrots & yuzu (£18), Tartare of fallow deer, preserved redcurrant, radicchio & Pecorino (£11) and Poached egg, frites & mushroom (£9). My two friends shared a Pork, duck & pistachio pâté, pickled chicory & toast (£9).
It's all about sharing and trying as many plates as you can, which I love. My favourite was the tartare if fallow deer (above left). It was so tender and bursting with zingy flavours of redcurrant with hints of pink peppercorn and pecorino. It was well balances out with the bitter radicchio which also added texture.
The dishes are small but delicious and you can tell the ingredients used on each dish are of high quality. The service is great from the moment we set foot in the door to the moment we left. Looking forward to checking out Portland in the (very) near future.
Monday - Friday: 12–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm
Saturday: 11am–3pm, 6–10:30pm