Put your faith in the chef's hands at this neo-bistro with an intense focus on seasonal ingredients
The approach may sound überfoodie but, once explained, it’s simple enough. Chef Stuart Ralston and front of house supremo Krystal Goff opened here in 2014 pursuing the concept of bistronomie: fresh local food, informal surroundings but a tasting menu you would normally expect in a much swankier environment.
Aizle does have the look of a fresh, bright bistro however while up on the wall there is a board of the latest ingredients; you tell the waiting staff which you would prefer to avoid, if any. From that, Ralston whizzes up a five-course menu. There’s no sense in describing typical dishes because there aren’t any – some of the foodstuffs on the ever-changing board will be familiar (artichoke, chickpeas, mussels, pear), some less so (chawanmushi, hogget, sea buckthorn, wood sorrel). Control freaks need not apply; others will enjoy their culinary adventure.
At the sharp end of the dining experience, when the food arrives, you may be looking at a savoury dish like pommes anna with cured egg yolk and smoked herring roe, or a sweet with raspberry, white chocolate, goat milk and anise hyssop. There is also a great wine list with over 70 choices; more than 20 by the glass including champagne and dessert wine.
107-109 St Leonard’s Street
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 6pm-9.30pm|
|Price:||£35 for four course tasting menu|