First of all it was a last minute decision to eat at the Publiko. We were very excited as the restaurant looks like a typical Scandinavian establishment. The menu is very small with 4 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts with a small menu comes big responsibilities for perfection.
We tried majority of the menu and only three of the dishes fulfilled what was promised. Enjoying our complimentary bread and butter, which is always a nice gesture, we decided to have 3 starters: beetroot and goats cheese which is an amazing dish full of flavor and fresh, followed by the asparagus dish which in no means you would rush back for, average dish at the most. Last starter was crab with chamomile broth, as a lover of crab and chamomile this was suppose to be heaven for me but unfortunately we could not taste neither, we knew the crab was there but it was lost in the sea of random flavors and textures.
For mains we had the shoulder of lamb and we both agreed this is a very good dish and would love to eat this again, again and again. The stuffed red onions was a nice surprise as was the celeriac puree and the sweet bread which was beautifully cooked, highly recommend this dish. Then we had the brisket dish in a potato croquette with truffle, however, only after re-reading the menu that we realized truffle was suppose to be there, we could not taste it and we eat truffle often (funny enough we had truffle for breakfast this morning). Moreover, the brisket was over cooked, mush like and no texture. The brisket is like an “Ugly Betty”, to the lamb dish, no comparison.
Finally, for desserts we had mixed feelings, the waffle and brown cheese dessert left us with a bitter taste in the mouth, very unpleasant and the waiter failed to explain the dish correctly. On the other hand, the variation of pineapple was fresh light and very enjoyable.
So, all in all, it was an average experience, having such a small menu means the dishes should be executed to the highest standard. Unfortunately, this time for ChefsEye it wasn’t up to standard and we look forward to an improvement for the next time we eat at Publiko.