Alistair used to cook in The Daniel Defoe along Church Street, and having often eaten there we decided to check out his new restaurant, also on Church Street. We went along on a Friday evening for dinner. Being the first ones in there initially, the place soon filled up and seemed quite a popular choice, so it looked promising for a good experience. The table service was quick and polite and the simple decor of the place was appealing. The wine list was good and the red we choice really tasty. However that is unfortunately where the positives end in the experience.
For starters we ordered the scallops and the salmon tempura. The tempura was fine, well cooked and nice enough, but my scallops were completley tasteless a bit rubbery and the salad complimenting them had so much dressing on it everything was swimming so it all went a bit soggy by the end! It also looked like salad you just get out of a pre-prepared bag. This salad became a bit of theme, and I noticed it on everyone elses plates too! We both ordered the sirlon steak and chunky chips as a main so I only have this to go on for the quality of the main courses. It came out really quickly, with the same salad again, it was cooked as requested but everything on the plate was so overseasoned we got through a jug of water in one sitting! There was salt in the mushrooms, salt on the chips, salt in the salad dressing again, it was just overpowering.
It was really disappointing as I had high hopes, but there are much better- and cheaper!- places to eat in Stokey. We had a fantastic meal at the new Japanese restaurant and Rasa is always brilliant. Alistair’s was quite full though when we were there so perhaps we just picked the wrong meals, as certainly some people seemed to be enjoying their evening; Maybe going from pub grub to high quality dining is too big a jump, or perhaps it takes a little longer to get established.