Valentine’s Day! Normally something we’d stay home for, but in the interest of the blog we braved the sea of couples at La Capanna in Cobham for their special Valentine’s Day set menu. It’s a cute old 16th century cottage that I’ve long wanted to see the inside of.
The evening started out interestingly, we entered, gave our names and sat with several other couples in the front room bar area, waiting for our names to be called, wishing we had a drink in our hands.
Once called we were led down a hallway, emerging unexpectantly into a large old barn filled with character. Top tip, request to sit in this area.
We carried on through the room into another newer, pleasant room where we were shown a table. La Capanna is the very definition of a Tardis, and on this night all the tables were full. I so wished to see a lone diner or a table of three or even a family with kids, alas it was all couples, and heterosexual ones at that. From our attempts at peering out into the dark, it seems they also have an outdoor garden seating area.
Staff were formal and friendly. There were a few issues with our service (no doubt down to the busyness of the night) but nothing a lemoncello couldn’t make better.
The Valentine’s set menu was two options per course, in total four courses and a glass of prosecco £70.
To begin we had Canapes – lobster & mandarin marshmallow, rice cracker with goat curd mousse & balsamic jelly, pork croquetta with smoked apple puree. All were intriguing and enjoyable.
For his starter, my husband opted for the Crispy chicken wings with saffron oil & pickled monkfish. The chicken wings were tasty but he wished he had more, the monkfish was good but less exciting in comparison.
For my starter I had the Beetroot & cured citrus salmon, tartare mousseline & toasted rye Mmm, beetroot and salmon, two of my top favourite things in one dish. Obviously I loved every bite.
On to mains, which came quite quickly, he had the Braised fillet smoked shin of beef, flame grilled fillet with swede & horseradish mash. It was tender, closer to medium than rare but very enjoyable. The mash was also very good.
It’s almost like the set menu was a his and hers for Valentine’s Day. I chose the Braised fillet of cod in red wine jus, creamed lemon couscous & battered squid. I’m not a couscous fan and was a little aprehensive about the dish but I was worried for nothing – the couscous was citrony fabulous. The cod was perfectly cooked and the batter on the squid was nice, though the squid (another of my all time favourites) itself wasn’t as good as the rest of the dish.
For dessert we both opted for the Chocolate layered cake with turron ice cream over the cheese. I don’t normally go for a chocolate cake, I generally like something a bit fruitier, but I never go for cheese (the other choice). It was tasty, particularly the ice cream, which had great flavour and texture.
A few days after our meal, I got an email link for a survey of our experience at La Cappana, clearly they take their business seriously and the effort shows.
The feel here is more formal, the surroundings, service and food make it a proper dinnner out experience. La Capanna is a great choice for a special occassion meal in Surrey.
48 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EF
Small car park