What hosts are saying about Bistro
Overall we had a pleasant evening but not quite the dazzling evening that we perhaps expected. We walked away having enjoyed the food but also feeling a little let down - as the flaws were in some basic areas that suggest over-ambition or a lack of detailed planning. Good things: - The food was really spectacular with some great flavour combinations and some very original cooking. The quality of what was produced is not easily matched and I tried some new food things (e.g. razor clams, served with guacamole and spicy carrots). The venison tartare was the standout (served with chicken liver and basil breadcrumbs). Bad things: - The service was really slow (I have eaten multi-course tasters double digit times this before). Our table waited nearly an hour in between 4th and 5th courses. Some tables had been served and cleared up before it came to us. Too many covers for the size of the kitchen. - Ive never walked away from a meal hungry before (esp 6 courses). This was the first time I have. The same went for 3 of the 4 at our table. A cardinal sin! (Especially disapointing when you can get 3-course Michellin starred cooking in London for less money and be full.) - The wine pairing taster wasn't terribly good value at £36 for 5 small (125ml) glasses - albeit the wine was very nice. - Having advertised a 7:30 start the first course didn't come out until past 8pm. It would have been nice to have had some bread or nibbles or something to snack on whilst waiting.
What a fantastic evening! I am a vegetarian and the menu was well altered to cater for my dietary requirements. It looked the same as my friends' dishes too so I didn't feel like I was 'missing out'! Our waiter was lovely, took time to explain all the courses and how best to eat them. Fabulous somalier too. Was very impressed.
A great blend of British and American cuisine translated into 6 seasonal dishes with a complexity of flavours. The flight of wine perfectly matched the menu and the staff were friendly, informative and informal. The video art on the walls and the live background music further added a trendy East London pop-up vibe crossed with a fine dinning experience which I believed they organisers were trying to create.