Visit Date 5th Jan 2011
We went to Robinsons for a birthday meal. We booked a table in advance and upon arrival we were greeted by the staff in a friendly yet professional manner. Our coats were taken and put in a cupboard and we were invited to order a drink from the bar. Whilst waiting for the drinks we were given menus and a wine list and left to review these at our leisure. Staff were always around if we needed any help but left us to read the menus in peace. A short time after we put the menus down a waitress appeared and took our order. With the food ordered we were taken through to our table. Both the bar and the restaurant area were very clean and the decor and furnishings looked very smart. Once seated our champagne was brought to the table along with an ice bucket to keep it cool. The table for two we were seated at was more than large enough for two people dine at and the space between tables was large enough that we never felt cramped which given that neither of us is supermodel thin was a refreshing change.
Before the started arrived we were served an amuse bouche which was a very dinky cup of soup the taste of which was so nice we knew we were in for some very good food.
For starters my wife had Tiger Prawn Tortellini, Baby Spinach, Tiger Prawn, Chestnut Mushrooms, Prawn Cream, Pan fried Quail Egg and I went for the Seared Scallops with Pancetta, Plum Tomato and Citrus Cream. Both dishes were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. The waiting staff were attentive but not intrusive. We were then served a tiny fruit sorbet which was very pallet cleansing.
For the main course my wife went for Pan Roasted Pork Fillet in Proscuitto, Confit Belly of Pork, English Black Pudding, Caramelised Apple, Creamed Leeks, Calvados Jus with a side order of mashed potato. I opted for Pan fried Dry Aged Rib Eye, Red Wine and Port Reduction, Parmentier Potatoes, Asparagus, Glazed Shallots. Some other bloke’s review can be found here TomsReviews.co.uk . Again the presentation of the food and the quality of the ingredients was outstanding. The only small issue was that the dish my wife ordered actually had mashed potatoes on the plate so we didn’t need the side order as well.
Then it was time for desert. My wife choice was Bread and Butter Pudding with English Custard whilst I decided to have the Tiramisu Su with Espresso Ice Cream. Quality and presentation were as we expected perfect and the deserts finished the meal perfectly. This restaurant had cardboard baler, and if you need one then check balers to buy or rent in the UK.
It was very easy to catch the attention of a member of staff to obtain the bill and given that we had ordered veuve clicquot yellow label champagne and had 3 courses of first class food I was pleasantly surprised that the bill for the food was around £75.00
Obviously at the price it may not be an everyday restaurant but if it’s a special occasion we would heartily recommend Robinsons Restaurant Newport Pagnell.