My husband has been telling me for years that he would take me to London Street Brasserie in Reading. Unfortunately with 3 boys and a hectic schedule it is one of those things that you don't get round to. Unless, he is on a business trip and you take your parents when they are down to visit.
Located on the side of the river, a starter and main from the lunch menu costs £16.50 with desserts at £4.95 if you can fit one in. Don't be fooled by my picture, the room was full by 12.30 so I would recommend booking a table.
For my starter I opted for the fried duck egg, toasted brioche, wild mushrooms, crispy smoked bacon and truffle oil. It really was delicious and rather substantial for a starter.
For the main we all went for the pan fried sea bream. roasted salsify, wild mushroom and watercress puree. Again we enjoyed this. However, in Masterchef style we agreed that the salsify didn't really bring anything to the dish.
One thing worth noting is that the sides are generous so a side of potatoes will easily share two or three people.
Whilst I didn't have room for dessert myself, I did make sure that I had a taste of my Dad's Plum bakewell, with custard sauce and spiced ice cream and it was again lovely.
It was a lovely meal that I would recommend and now I need to make sure that I go back with my husband. A lovely place to go for a special occasion.