Whilst looking for a fine dining restaurant to dine at for dinner in Reigate, Surrey, I nearly read some Yelp reviews for inspiration. As quickly as I put my search into Google, I remembered a comment the former ‘Parts Unknown’ host, the great Anthony Bourdain made about Yelpers during a Business Insider inteview with Danny Bowien. He said ” There’s really no worse or lower human being than an elite Yelper,”. ” You know, you open a restaurant, you struggle for a year to put together the money, you work your heart out and then 10 minutes after opening, some miserable lady ( he used a worse term ) is tweeting or yelping, ‘Worst. Dinner. Ever’. With those comments engraved in my foodie soul I snobbishly typed in Michelin guide …Reigate restaurants into google. A classic french restaurant that was established over 35 years ago called La Barbe caught my eye. The review was quite succint…” Fresh ingredients , capably prepared: simply a good meal”. The menu was also eye catching with everything (almost ) you would expect in a classic french restaurant…escargots…foie gras..goats cheese souffle …you get the picture.
The restaurant on 71 Bell street was quite easy to find. Its just opposite Priory park , a few seconds walk away from a massive Morrisons supermarket. On entering the restaurant, the staff were quite friendly and welcoming. We spent the first minute or so talking to the waitress about my love of wine apps when we given the drinks menu. Her dad apparently loves the app as well…I feel soo old. The food menu came out quickly and we werent rushed at any point during the evening. This was an extremely professional and unintrusive evening. Scroll below for a few foodie pictures.
|La barbe restaurant
|Duck breast and foie gras terrine, fig and chutney
|Twice baked goats cheese soufflé , beetroot coulis
|Rump of lamb with rosemary jus, ratatouille basket
|Flavorful Rump of lamb
|Delicious Gratin Dauphinois
|Herb crusted cod , kaffir lime sauce , vegetable julienne
The Michelin guide’s inspectors view of this restaurant was spot on. All the freshly prepared dishes tasted sublime. This was good cooking at its finest and we couldnt find any fault with the experience. I would have liked to attempt dessert, however we were slightly full and there was a small problem of travelling back to London. The menus was well priced, with 2 starters and 2 mains, 2 glasses of champagne and a bottle of water coming up to just around £101.
I give this restaurant, a Makele 5 out of 5 stars.