We have always enjoyed the Gandolfi 'family' of restaurants, and have used "Gandolfi-Fish" before as a place for 'destination dining'. This time, in the early evening, we were surrounded by people heading for the RSNO concert on the other side of the road, and it was good to see that the staff coped admirably with the exigencies of diners in a hurry. The food was excellent, although the Gravadlax was a mild disappointment. The seafood cocktail was perfect in every respect: on the eye it was pleasing with the pink of the salmon set off by the black of the caviar and the mussel shell. For me, the star was the huge piece of Halibut served over a bed of creamed leeks. Meanwhile, my wife was enjoying the whole sea bream. We decided to forego the desert, and to have Irish Coffee instead. The modern diner has to be wary of places that advertize "Irish Coffee" and serve something that is a travesty. Gandolfi-Fish scored a good nine out of ten on our rather informal scoring system; losing one point because the coffee was served in large wine glasses that were difficult for my wife to manipulate. Nine is the highest score we have ever awarded.
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Andrew MacLean - 19/04/2008