I was very lucky to get a table at five north street restaurant last weekend, as the table enquiry was last minute and they are known to fill their 7 table restaurant very quickly. Leading up to this dining experience, I had mentioned the restaurants name in conversation and had only heard good things about the food and atmosphere I was to experience.
The restaurant is located on north street (funny that), small in size but warm and homely with a cosy and family like atmosphere. This is also partially influenced by the fact that the restaurant is owed by husband and wife Gus and Kate who keep a tight knit team within the restaurant.
Trained and highly praised by Michel Roux Snr, Gus reveals his talents through every part of his menu with an undoubtable love and artistic fair for gastronomy. As I am still on the vegan train, I rang prior to the sitting and asked whether they could provide something that was suitable. They were more than happy to provide me with a vegan choice and even ensured I would even have options (this doesn’t always happen so I appreciate it whenever it arises).
Our table opted for the seven course menu and mine was no less tasty or interesting than every other plate that hit the table. My dish highlight would have to be the superb risotto which I had as a main. Unlike any other risotto I have had or probably ever will encounter! In simplistic words my risotto was popping! Such a variety of flavours and cooking techniques in one bowl. My aim was not to choke myself as I devoured every grain along with the delicious tang of fresh and vibrant vegetables. Needless to say I had to share my dish to get across the heightened reaction to the dish that was in front of me!
The next time I’m in the Cotswolds, I for sure will make a point to go and visit again, regardless how far I have to travel.