Still haven’t made it into the new version of Chapter Two, now called Chapters All Day Dining. It looks very nice from the outside, and the menu looks… well, er, cheaper! Which I guess is good news… Is this is a credit crunch decision? Have they dropped the quality and gone down market? It doesn’t look that way from the outside, and I’m away for a week, so will not be able to let you know for a little while yet…
I’m looking forward to finding out – let me know if you have anything to say!
Never did win that trip to New York…
I had a note from Roger (suggestions always welcome here), saying that he:
Can’t wait for the new Chapters to open. Have you entered the competition at http://chaptersrestaurants.com/competition/process.php The advert in Meridian Magazine says that entrants will get a discount voucher.
Meridian magazine isn’t usually the first thing I rush for when the post arrives – it seems to be full of puff-pieces about below average restaurants, or bland soft-stories that could be about anywhere. But aside from that, Chapter Two is such a great place, and Blackheath is lucky to have them.
As you can see from the photo (taken Friday 8th August), the building work is coming on well. I don’t know whether they will fill your front hall with junk mail should you sign up, but they are offering a trip to New York, and the website also illustrates how the redesigned restaurant will look. When you sign up, they say they’ll send you a 10% voucher for use with your first meal.
It looks as though The Laughing Buddha has finally stopped laughing. The Chinese restaurant, which is next to Chapter Two seems to be closed. The sign says for refurbishment works, but I’m not sure. It seems like a bit of a coincidence that both places are shutting up shop at the same time… Maybe Chapter Two are expanding into the Buddha’s space? I hope it isn’t closing, as I never even got a chance to go in there – I’d always intended to but never quite had the right moment.
I went to Chapter Two on Saturday evening. We were planning on going to the Buenos Aires Cafe, having loved it the first time we went, on the Phantom’s recommendation. However, it was fully booked.
Chapter Two’s menu is described as Modern European Cuisine. I’m not sure what that means, but I do know the food was great. There were six of us eating, so we had a chance to try most of the main courses available. The menu was fixed – 25 pounds for three courses. The service was excellent… in a way, a bit too excellent, as though the waiters had a better idea of what the customers should eat than they did themselves. Now, this may be the case, but it did border on intimidation at times!
Despite this, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the place. All other aspects of the service were impeccable – attentive but not too attentive. The food itself was beautifully served, deceptively small (but delicious) portions, and completely filling. The potato gnocchi was outstanding, which as a vegetarian, I don’t get to say very often… In many restaurants it seems to consist of sludgy lumps of undercooked potato sitting unhappily on a plate. Not here. The chocolate dessert was astonishing – soft chocolate fondant on the outside, molten on the inside, with a serving of plum sauce, and a kind white chocolate ice cream.
I’ll go again.