the Olive Tree in Bath and had an eight-course tasting menu. Eight courses sounds like a lot, but the portions are very small, so you're never overwhelmed with food. The menu we had was virtually the same as the sample one on the website, except that there was rose veal instead of the beef, and lemon instead of the rhubarb. I'm not a big fish eater, but I think the two fish dishes - crab lasagne with basil, and brill with cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms and dashi - were my favourites.The romesco cauliflower was ever so slightly charred, which added interest to the flavour.
My least favourite part of the meal was the chocolate pudding. I'm not very sophisticated when it comes to chocolate, and while I know 72% is very high in cocoa solids and supposed to be the good stuff, texturally it struck me as like eating a chocolate-flavoured candle. I actually left half the chocolate ball from that one, though the mandarin mousse and granita was fab.
We had the wine flight with it - five of the courses came paired with a glass of matching wine. The one that really stands out for me was a German red. I love German wine but I've never had a red one before. It tasted almost of lychees, it was remarkable. What with all that wine, and a martini before the meal, and smallish portions of food, I was a bit squiffy by the time we went home...
(It's getting its own paragraph because it deserves it...)