L'Ortolan, Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BY
LocationChurch Lane, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BY
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You may have heard of l'Ortolan in years past, but this lovely restaurant has been given a refurbishment, a great new chef, and a new lease of life. The fittings are luxurious, with a dark and moody bar in tones of indigo, a smart main dining room in neutral tones of the modern variety, and a winning glass room with roman blinds and tent-like ceiling. Altogether, the affectis light and welcoming while maintaining that fine dining sophistication. Chef Daniel Galmiche was voted Newcomer of the Year back when he was a newcomer, and we are delighted that he has the chance to really show hisstuff here. The kitchen cooks haute French, with dishes like starter of ballantine of quail with truffle, apple tatin, mixed leaves and ginger-infused jus, main course of baked fillet of brill with a ragout ofasparagus, wild mushrooms and truffle cream sauce, and pud of roasted figs in honey and rosemary with goat's cheese ice cream. There are seven-course menus gourmands for both vegetarians and carnivores. The wine list has a gratifying number of bottles in the affordable range as well as someeye-poppers that will linger in memory for decades to come.

When the occasion calls for a luxurious venue, remarkable cuisine, professional waiting staff, and the means to impress your guests, then l'Ortolan should be a serious contender. The private dining room is a lovely glass-sided greenhouse that holds up to 20 seated, perfect for family parties, office entertaining, engagement dinners, and any formal celebration that you want to be particularly memorable. The private dining menu features the haute cuisine that l'Ortolan is known for. Try starter of terrine of foie gras de canard confit with peach and apple chutney, maincourse of corn fed Anjou pigeon, sautéed new potatoes with sea salt and light jus with herbs and sherry vinegar, and pudding of walnut, coffee and chocolate 'variation'.



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