I find it brilliant that destination restaurants such as this offer a Pre-Theatre menu, giving all diners the opportunity to sample the splendid fare on offer, regardless of the cheque at the end of the night. Puschka’s early evening menu is very reasonable indeed, with 3 courses and a glass of wine for £22.50 per person, and quite a selection to choose from.
On this occasion, my family and I chose to order from the Early Evening Menu. Two sampled the Cauliflower soup with mature cheddar crouton, whilst the others had the Baked Goats’ Cheese with cranberry butter and toast. Having the opportunity to sample both starters, I found both full of flavour and incredibly satisfying. The goats’ cheese was rich and smoky, whilst the cauliflower soup was surprisingly creamy, with deeper flavours than I originally expected. The croutons are also worth a mention: crunchy with a beautifully tangy cheese topping which complimented the soup perfectly.
For the main, us Veggies all chose the Baked Aubergine with puy lentils, lemon, and confit tomato, and this was the perfect follow up to the starter. Not only the flavours and textures, but the portion sizes are perfectly measured, leaving the diner feeling satisfied, rather than bloated. The dish was light and the combination of the subtle puy lentils with the sharpness of the lemon lifted the baked aubergine beautifully.My mum chose the Pan-Fried Fillet of Salmon, with sauce vierge and parsley mash, and as a vegetarian, even I could admit it looked beautiful.
For dessert I had the Dark Chocolate and Ginger Torte with crème chantilly, which looked differently to how I expected, being more brownie-like, but the ginger really packed a punch and was delicious. The rest of my family sampled the Raspberry & Brioche Pudding with vanilla custard and the Crème Brulee with berry compote, and all agreed they were divine.
This place comes highly recommended, and I would like to add my recommendation to the roster. Myself and my family all really enjoyed our 3 course meal, and the service was impeccable all night, with friendly, doting waiting staff who added to the relaxed, easy atmosphere of the restaurant. It cannot be over-stated how important service is when eating out, and Pre-Theatre or not, we were treated like VIP guests all evening by the team of knowledgable and cheery staff. Extra special touches like miniature wine carafes on the table really add to the ambience of class.
The menus are seasonal, changing regularly, and whether you choose from the A La Carte or Pre-Theatre, you are guaranteed to be in for a treat.