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Lunch at Savoro, Barnet - Review

PUBLISHED: 19:54 20 April 2011 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013

Lunch at Savoro, Barnet - Review

Lunch at Savoro, Barnet - Review

There's something about Savoro. A Barnet landmark puts on an impressive performance for one of our food and drink editors, Richard Cawthorne. Read his review here...

Lunch at Savoro, Barnet

A Barnet landmark puts on an impressive performance for food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne.

About the restaurant
Elegant is how Savoro describes itself and its hard to disagree. Two years after my first visit, this restaurant with rooms in a mews off Barnet High Street still looks brand new despite a history which has seen the building serve variously as an inn, boat house, bakery and traditional tea shop.

Atmosphere and decor
Savoro may be one of Hertfordshires oldest restaurants but is bang up to date with its contemporary decor, with much use of glass and mirrors and warm earthy colours. Tables are properly dressed, chairs comfortable and its quiet and relaxing.

Our waiter made no secret of his desire to ensure we had a good time. Bread and olives appeared as we sat down and we were treated to polite visits during the meal to find out if all was well.

The menu
My reservations about prix fixe menus were not needed thanks to an imaginative choice of dishes. Savoros set lunch offers two courses at 10.95 or 13.95 with a glass of house wine. The choice of five starters and five mains was more than adequate.

To start
The warm goats cheese toast with Braeburn jelly, dressed leaves and balsamic glaze was properly flavourful and did a perfect job of setting up the taste buds for what was to follow.
The chicken liver and port parfait with Melba toast and red onion marmalade was pronounced equally delicious. Both dishes were also artistically presented.

Main courses
A generous chunk of pan-fried salmon served plain with new potatoes, mange-tout, broccoli and green beans simply reinforced our favourable first impressions. Across the table, the marinated lamb was going down well, having arrived with fine fries, a mixed salad and a delicate tzatziki.

A tempting selection at 5 each was regretfully refused. Choices included passion fruit creme brulee, treacle tart, or ice creams ranging from bourbon vanilla via coffee and tobacco to prune and armagnac.

The experience
The big three of eating out good food, good service and pleasant surroundings were all met and the set menu was a bargain.

This is an independent review featuring a restaurant selected and experienced by the writer. The restaurant was not told it was being reviewed.


206 High Street
Barnet EN5 5SZ
020 8449 9888

The cost of this lunch was 30.69 including a 10% optional service charge.

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