This was my second time eating at Dine. My sister in law had made an unexpected visit from England and so Alex was pushed aside so that we could enjoy a catch up over some food and fizz.
Dine with Fizz is £42.50 per couple and includes three courses and a glass of Devaux Grande Réserve Champagne.
Dine has a lovely champagne bar so we arrived a little early and decided to treat ourselves to a cocktail first. The cocktails are always good at Dine, this time mine had a little rice paper image of the restaurant on top, and my sister in law’s ice had been branded with the restaurant logo – fun touches that create talking points. I also got a mini tour behind the bar and a demo of their glass chilling machine which is like something out of a sci-fi programme – it’s all neon lights and icy smoke – impressive.
We wandered through to the restaurant area past the iconic tree and took our places by the window. We were handed the market menu to choose from, plus our glass of fizz (you can upgrade to the full bottle for £69.50).
We ended up sharing all the food, so our first two courses were the Roast Mediterranean Salad with Oyster Mushroom, and the Duck Rillette.
The salad was a light start with griddled vegetables and a meaty oyster mushroom, a sweet reduced balsamic dressing brought the dish together.
Duck rillette was served with tea soaked apricots and sourdough crostini, it was our favourite of the two starters but could have done with either another apricot or a little chutney.
There were four mains to choose from: two meat, a fish, and a pasta/vegetarian option. We chose the two meat options. The first was a Ballotine of Borders Chicken, this was served with sautéed potatoes and caramelised onions. The chicken was really moist, having, I presume, been poached and then pan fried. The accompaniments were tasty with a hint of wild garlic which offset the sweetness of the onions.
The beef was also from the Borders, it was the shin so slow cooked. The description had said purple sprouting broccoli but maybe there was a shortage, the green broccoli was just as nice, and I do like a celeriac purée. Of course we should have stopped there, but what isn’t shown in the pictures is the portion of chips with homemade aioli. Which. Were. Epic. No guilt here.
A Peanut Butter Cheesecake was a nice sweet end to our dinner, garnished with pretzel crumbs and a brush stroke of chocolate sauce.
The best was kept until last though. The star of the whole show was the unassumingly titled Orange Drizzle Cake. This was truly delicious and the unusual garnish of basil gel was a piece of genius. Definitely opt for this one!
Dine With Fizz is great value, at £42.50 for six courses, even without the champagne it feels like a good deal.