The Mustard Seed
After three decades in the business, Dan Mullane’s Mustard Seed is on a new high. Mr Mullane has always been the host with the most, and to see him both greeting and bidding farewell to guests at Echo Lodge, the country house that houses the Mustard Seed restaurant, is to witness one of the greats of the hospitality game.
But what is so total about the Mustard Seed at this moment is that Mr Mullane now has a kitchen whose excellence at the culinary arts matches his skills at the hospitality arts. Whilst the food reads complicated on the menu – turbot with Kenmare scallops, mousseron mushroom, wild black rice, caviar and lobster bisque, is a fairly typical creation – the cooking eats wonderfully clean and logical. In fact, a late-summer dinner was the best food we have ever enjoyed in 25 years of being entertained at Mr Mullane’s tables, with the kitchen using every part of their batterie – pickling; smoking; foraging; fermenting – to create dishes which are visually stunning and eat like a dream.
And that’s just what it is like to eat and stay at the Mustard Seed: dreamlike.
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