Summary: A culinary journey through five tastes.
Sat Bains, a renowned restaurant, delivers an exceptional dining experience with its multi-course tasting menus, interactive Chef's Table and Kitchen Bench, and luxurious on-site accommodations. Guests can explore a symphony of flavors through dishes that highlight the five basic tastes, followed by expertly crafted courses featuring smoked eel, veal sweetbread, and squab pigeon, among others. The Nucleus presents an opportunity for the adventurous to try dishes in development, while the commitment to sustainability shines through in the use of garden produce and top-notch British ingredients. Standout dishes include Orkney scallops and roasted grouse, all served by a genial and professional team. Despite its location near a busy ring road, Sat Bains stands as an oasis of culinary excellence, providing a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere that contrasts with the more formal vibe of some fine-dining establishments. The recent refurbishment in 2022 has enhanced the ambiance, reducing the number of covers for a more intimate dining experience and adding a new sommelier’s station. The kitchen, led by head chef John Freeman, consistently impresses with dishes that are both visually stunning and flavor-packed, from the charred new potato with truffle and caviar to the aged venison tart with an umami burst. The transition from savory to sweet is seamless, exemplified by the horseradish panna cotta and Granny Smith granita. The wine list is meticulously curated, offering a vast selection of global wines by the bottle or glass, ensuring that each guest's experience at Sat Bains is as exquisite as the cuisine.