It’s taken me a long time to getting around to writing up my lunch at Seasons.
I’m not a fan of deal websites, I don’t think you get the real experience, and I really hope that was the case this time (we’d seen a deal for a three course lunch and decided to give it a try). I don’t like writing negative features, I know it’s not easy putting yourself out there, but I have to be honest and say it missed the mark a bit for for me. I’ve heard good things about Seasons though, so I’m not going to write it off from this one experience.
The restaurant is quite plain inside. I quite like simple design so this wasn’t an issue for me. If the food is good that’s all that matters, but the food was just ok, albeit beautifully presented as you can see.
It wasn’t a great start – no bread. Not sure if it’s different when you’re paying full whack? I hope so.
The service was a bit aloof. I like warm, friendly service, maybe it’s just a personal preference.
To start we had the Smoked Duck. It was duck. Smoked. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t memorable. The Seasons website promises to “expand the culinary horizons” of its customers. With a claim like that I was expecting something more adventurous, truth be told it was a little bit bland.
The Venison dish was like a miniature Sunday lunch without the roast potatoes – my favourite bit. The components were well cooked, the venison was too rare for my friend, but fine for me.
Dessert was much better, and hinted at what this visit might have missed. Tart raspberry sorbet, a smooth chocolate ganache, and some of that chocolate soil stuff that’s really popular at the moment but actually tastes really nice.
Seasons asks you to “put your trust in our ethos and our team to produce something special, fresh and seasonal. This will be an experience you will not forget in a hurry and hopefully you will fall in love with new produce and of course us”.
I haven’t fallen in love (yet). Although I feel like I need a second date, just to make sure.
I’m hoping my theory about ‘deal’ lunches is correct and the experience is much much better usually. I won’t be booking one of these again, I’d rather pay the full amount and get the experience as it should be.