Three of us for dinner this evening and being a Friday night, the ‘house’ menu applied all evening – two course for £15.95 or three for £17.95 This applies Sunday to Friday, all evening and up until 7pm on Saturdays. There is also a specials board which carries
a £5 supplement on top of the two or three course prices respectively.
I have visited La Rue for many years now. I have always been impressed with the substantial and varied menu along with the quality of food and this evening did not
disappoint. I would describe the foodstyle as modern British (and this concurs exactly with how they describe themselves on their website (http://www.laruerestaurant.co.uk/)
The atmosphere is relaxed but refined. The street level section of the restaurant is
fronted with large floor to ceiling windows which, if seated nearby, is a pleasant
opportunity to watch to the Saltaire world go by. The restaurant is deceptively large as the
remaining layout of the restaurant is over another two floors, one below street level and the other on the first floor.
To kick things off, you get presented with a small complementary cup of soup from the chef with some fresh bread which I think is a very nice, if not unique, touch. Today’s soup was leek and blue cheese. It was lovely and tickled the taste buds for what else was to come.
My starter was melon with Seville orange juice and bayonne ham which was a slightly unusual choice for me but I was in the mood for something fresh and light. The flavours
of the orange and melon blended well and the melon, perfectly ripened, was sweet and juicy. The Seville orange juice was a bit too sweet for me. However, overall, the starter was what I expected it to be, fresh and light and I had no regrets with my choice.
My fellow diners had goat’s cheese & red onion tart (big thumbs up for this especially the pastry!) and duck liver paté with pistachios and hock.
My main course was grilled salmon, samphire & brown shrimps with poached egg and a side of fresh veg. This was delicious but the only disappointment was that my poached egg had been overdone; I like mine still runny but this was well past that point. The veg was nicely done – mangetout, carrots, new potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes.
My fellow diners also had fish for their mains (grilled swordfish and a medley of seafood in a filo pastry parcel with lobster sauce) which all came ‘highly recommended’.
I was initially tempted to have a desert with coffee but decided against it as I was feeling rather full. I have had their crème brulée on previous occasions and can vouch for its deliciousness!
The service was helpful, friendly and courteous. It was unfortunate that attention had not
been paid to the fact that our little soup cups had not been cleared before the starters arrived. So there was a little flurry of activity and a few red faces as these were cleared whilst our starters were held aloft by our waiter at the side. The timing of food arriving at the table was very satisfactory; even if we had have had a longer wait, I am not sure we
would have noticed as there was plenty of conversation to be had catching up on holidays and the latest gossips.
It can sometimes get very noisy in the restaurant and being a little hard of hearing, I struggle to hear the conversation from fellow diners but this wouldn’t stop me returning time and again to this excellent eatery. Given it’s right on my door step, it would be rude not to.
La Rue is open for lunch and dinner every day except lunchtime on Sunday and Monday.