July 5, 2014 Closed, Old Town, Salad, soup 3 Comments

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

As I’d been sad to see the demise of Le Sept, I was every bit as downhearted to see Pulcinella close its doors. We visited the third place to occupy the premises in recent times, Daft Jamie’s, today to give it a try.

I was joined by regular guest quester Kim, who has joined at quests to Rocca, the Whisky Society and Fisher’s in the City.

Soup

Soup

The layout is much the same as with previous incarnations, but things feel at little sparse and the atmosphere is rather flat.

The friendly waitress promptly brought us menus, including both their day selection and full a la carte.

Smoked salmon salad

Smoked salmon salad

We were a little confused by things as the menu was set out and described rather strangely, with categories for Delicious, Appetising, Filling and Treats which rather lived up to the word their first letters spelled.

Soon enough we settled upon choices. I opened with tomato soup followed by a duck salad. Kim started with roasted vegetable and olive bruschetta then chose the smoked salmon salad for main.

Starters arrived looking pretty smart. My soup was good with a nice basil oil topping giving some herby notes. The accompanying olive bread was really good. It was quite a promising opener.

Duck salad

Duck salad

The main courses weren’t to the same standard. Kim’s smoked salmon looked a bit peely-wally. My salad contained a lot of shredded duck, toast, apple, figs and leaves. It had all the elements to be a decent dish but just didn’t come together. It left me rather perplexed.

So overall, although there was nothing particularly wrong with the food we sampled and the service was attentive and friendly, I didn’t really get what Daft Jamie’s was trying to be. Their menu seems to lack cohesion and this unfocussed sense was reflected in my salad. I struggle to see what would compel me to visit again. It was adequate but little beyond that.

Scores
Blythe scores Daft Jamie’s
3/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20

Today’s questers were: Kim, Blythe

We ate: green olive and roast vegetable bruschetta, tomato soup, smoked salmon salad, duck salad

We drank: sparkly water

We wore: cardigan, action footwear

Total bill: £27.95

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Written by BKR