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Hart's Restaurant

Standard CourtPark RowNottinghamNG1 6GN
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5:45 PM 13-06-2008
A Harty lunch
  8 / 10
The third outing for Ladies Wot Lunch http://www.freewebs.com/ladieswot

Set lunch £15.95 for three courses £12.95 for two courses


The pre-lunch service was excellent, dealing with our requests to add late bookings and subtract last minute cancellations with friendly courtesy.


Let's start with the bread - which was uniformly praised, the white was "crusty & good", the brown was "deliciously nutty" but we all adored the "divine" herb bread, spiked with rosemary with a crumbly, crunchy crust with a tang of salt - "it tastes like the coastline". The butter was perfect, chilled without being unspreadable.

We tried both the starters. The cauliflower soup was "absolutely fabulous", "smooth and subtle" and came with a "fab cheesy crouton" featuring our regional Lincolnshire Poacher cheese.

The chorizo and potato salad was beautifully presented - "it looks like a painting". There was just the right amount and the combination of chorizo, jersey royals, artichokes, wild mushrooms, tiny, sweet semi-dried tomato and fresh herbs in a smoky dressing was deliucious. "All killer, no filler".

There were no vegetarian options on the set menu but our vegetarian lady was offered two choices from the a la carte menu and selected Saffron gnocchi, slow roasted tomatoes, sauce vierge, black truffle cheese. She said it was "tastebud tingling with a fantastic warm dressing" but she also thought the potion size could have been a little larger as there were only 4 small gnocchi - but they were "very good".

The bream was "mouth-watering" and "melted in the mouth" and the crayfish and scallop tortellini deserved their own round of applause - "I'd crawl through broken glass for a bowlful of this pasta". Everyone who tried the fish were very happy. "Me and the bream are with Rick Stein - the whole meal is like being on a boat".

The beef was generally felt to be "cooked to perfection" although one lady said her beef was "a tiny bit on the dry side". The mash had "the perefct level of horseradish", the beans were "firm and fresh" and the accompanying jus had a "deep, intense flavour".

For once we made it to the desert course. They'd run out of strawberry trifle but we didn't mind as they substituted creme brulee - a popular favourite. This came with a tiny scoop of raspberry sorbet with a "natural, fresh flavour and the intensity of the fruit really complimented the "good, clean taste" of the creme brulee - which managed to be both rich and light - "bliss!"

The parfait was topped with fresh berries and pineapple with a fruit coulis and was "heavenly". The parfait was really creamy while still retaining the character of the yoghurt.

We drank Minervois Domaine Le Cazal at £5 per glass - "good quality", the 2006 Azumbre, Verdejo Rueda at £16.50 per bottle - "very drinkable" and the "house" champagne - surprisingly the most expensive on the list at £8.50 per glass - but "delicious".

We didn't find Harts had much of an atmosphere - "all the ambience of a staff canteen" but the dining room was light, airy and spacious. The ladies loos varied - the ones near the entrance lobby were "perfectly satisfactory" but the ones to the rear of the restaurant were "not very nice".

The service was speedy and unobtrusive, although strangely taciturn. When asked which of the main courses he would recommend, our waiter just said "Well, one's meat and one's fish" - which we had managed to work out for ourselves. Later a missing teaspoon was provided and a dirty cup replaced quickly but silently - a "sorry" would have been nice.

And so we stagger on in our endless quest for the perfect lunch venue.The food at Harts was beyond good - but we still haven't found the complete package.

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