We hadn't dined in the Minerva Restaurant for many years as the standard was so poor. However we decided to eat here because the weather was so awful we didn't want to walk down from the city (where we normally would choose to eat before the theatre). We were very pleasantly surprised - the standard has gone up 100 times. The food was excellent: we had a blue cheese mousse, followed by pork belly - both were excellent even though the pork belly was missing crackling. We had a ginger sponge dessert which was good but had a very hard base which was a bit odd.... but would I eat here again? Definitely.
My friend and I have been regular pre-booked pre- theatre diners here for several years with one or other of us booking - if you do want honesty then this time, we really missed the meet and greet and table ordering and we sat for quite a while at the laid-up table waiting: because there were no menus on the table we didn't even realize that we had to order at the bar....the service seemed more hassled and less personal as there was quite a lot going on, and whilst we understood this, it just wasn't quite a lovely as it has been. I can't quite see why 'winter' makes this different, and it wasn't like this during the last couple of winters..... food was also just slightly less finessed - we always have a sharing platter and use it as a treat, it was still super tasty but the bread not so fresh etc. Perhaps it was a one off - and it won't stop us coming! But you did ask .........
The Brasserie was not very busy for a Saturday evening. A new self service type system has been introduced for the winter season. You have to order and pay at the bar. They still wait on you with the drinks and food but that is all, this has allowed them to cut the staffing to a fraction of what it usually is. Unfortunately my husband only got a credit card receipt no bill as such, l was unable to check if they had still added the usual 12% service charge! The menu was also very different a lot less to choose from. We shared the fish platter as a starter which was ok, the slices of white bread were rather disappointing. We then had the steak, it was over cooked, not medium rare as requested and a tad on the chewy side. We visit on a regular basis, this was our most disappointing visit for a long time.
Excellent meal served promptly and with a smile. I particularly enjoyed the slow cooked beef.
We enjoyed the evening, with good and friendly service but for some of us the food was disappointing.
This was our first experience of the Brasserie at CFT. We ate pre performance of Macbeth. We both had slow cooked beef as our main course, having started with bread and olives, and we had lemon posset to finish. The whole meal was excellent as was the wine, the coffee and the service.
Helpful staff. Served quickly lovely food
As good as ever.
Food excellent, service friendly and helpful
We were not very happy. The "blue Cheese Mousse" was more like a fig salad. Very little blue cheese. Both the pork belly and the beef were dry. We asked for more gravy but it was too sweet for beef. The staff were polite and attentive and concerned about the quality of the food. We were give a 20% discount. If going to the theatre it is much more convenient than places in North Street.