Saturday, 16 June 2012

French Living

Doubling the blog posts so far is the next instalment.... French Living.

It appears that French Living are making much more use of the light and lively upstairs restaurant now, rather than the basement. I think it's nice to vary the two and whichever you choose the food will be great! They are also open all day which is an additional bonus.

We had selections from the prix fixe menu (offered up-front and centre, top marks!) and had the following:

Starters: Smoked Salmon and Marinated Salmon
Delicate flavours and an attractive plateful, summery dishes unlike the rainy weather outside!

Mains: Hake Basquaise and Venison
A huge slab of venison graced my fellow diner's plate and look well cooked - it certainly appeared to taste good! The hake was well cooked and served with chunky-cut vegetables and rice. 

Puds: Profiteroles and tulle basket
I had the profiteroles, choux pastry with ice-cream in the centre (for the summer touch) and hot chocolate sauce. I'm not normally a fan of deviation from cream in the centre - however balanced with the gallons of hot sauce this was a real winner and the ice cream balanced the sweetness of the sauce well. The tulle basket was chosen as a light finish by my partner and was as expected.

The rating:
Great value for the price with properly French waiting staff and a lively atmosphere. Light and airy upstairs, darkly interesting in the cellar. I didn't want to be anywhere else tonight!

The summary:

Food = Great French food, hearty and with a seasonally-changing menu
Price = A pre-theatre menu, and two set menus (saison £18ish and gastronomique £22) plus a-la-carte
Atmosphere = Busy but not over-loud, feels French

French Living
27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY   
t: +44 (0)115 9585885    

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