Restaurant Sat Bains
Nottingham, NG7 2SA
Tel. 0115 986 6566
Food type: Modern British
Nearest train station: Nottingham
Website: Restaurant Sat Bains
There are some restaurants that you have such a perfect experience at that you dare not revisit in case it does not live up to that memory. Restaurant Sat Bains is one of those – a restaurant I had visited nearly 4 years ago for my birthday and had one of those most interesting, thought-provoking meals. I can still remember each and every single dish of that meal which is a testament to how memorable my experience was. This would be my 3rd visit here, having visited once when they held a solitary star. For the complete, experience, we would also be staying in one of the hotel rooms, which are all individually furnished and unique. Nothing beats rolling into bed after a lengthy meal.
The drive up to the restaurant takes you through an industrial estate which is rather unattractive. Energy pylons hang overhead. This is a very unlikely setting for a fine dining restaurant. Yet, the moment you arrive, you are transported into a little tranquil oasis. The property has undergone a bit of development since my last visit. One of the rooms has made way for their new prep kitchen, there is the addition of their developmental kitchen (Nucleus) which doubles up as an exclusive dining room and finally they continue to expand their gardens by growing vegetables on site.
One of my fellow diners used to frequent the restaurant, back when he was living in Nottingham and the restaurant was actually called Hotel Des Clos. Back then the restaurant offered an a la carte menu, with the tasting menu (surprise menu) created spontaneously by the kitchen. By that, what I mean is, they did not actually have a tasting menu so when the customer (on the very rare occasion) ordered the tasting menu, the kitchen would scramble to come up with something. These days, the a la carte menu is gone and there is only a choice of 7-course tasting menu (£85) or a lengthier 10-course menu (£95) which features a few extra dishes. We dined at the Chef’s Table on this visit where the 10-course menu attracts an additional £30 supplement. Sat’s Great British Menu winning dish ‘Ham, Eggs & Peas’ is available as an extra course for a supplement of £15 and cheese is an extra £8. We went for the full monty with all the extras although we opted to skip the wine pairing in favour of a couple of bottles from their excellent wine list.