The Lost and Found, a cocktail bar cum restaurant that stands next to the Park Street Waitrose last week to enjoy a few courses and cocktails in their rather opulent surroundings.
After an awkward greeting (if servers could actually check bookings if they have been made, that would be fab) I was given the option of sitting in the back near the “party of 80” or in the lounge area. No prizes for where I chose, I was shown to a rather charming table next to the large, front window and framed with botanical themed decoration. From this vantage point, we were able to people watch to our heart’s content and eyeballed people’s shopping choices from next door, far more fun than sitting on your phone.
The decor in Lost and Found is decadent, rich blues, golds and brown leather booths create an inviting space without making you feel that you’re not tidy enough to be there. It manages to straddle the border between bar and restaurant easily, with plenty of people choosing to eat or drink as the front lounge filled up with other non-party goers during our meal.
Cocktails were ordered, with myself enjoying a tall, light concoction called “A painter in the poppies”, a gin and poppy liquor cocktail with plenty of tart apple and cranberry and my friend had a short and very sweet Mortianna’s Garden (St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Briottet Lychee, Apple juice & lemon juice, Ms. Better’s Botanical Foamer) and came with a charming piece of edible art on top.
Attention turned to food, we both opted for starters, her going for the squid and chorizo dish and myself the salmon. Her portion was enormous, and would have done me well with some fries and buttery bread on the side as a main! The squid was cooked with, with a light batter and came with a moreish roasted garlic mayo. The chorizo and sundried tomatoes broke up the mound of fried seafood well and I very much enjoyed picking at what she couldn’t manage.
My orange and fennel cured salmon was served as separate rillets, wrapped with pickled cucumber and dollops of lemon cream cheese for spreading. Salmon and fresh pickled vegetables are a classic for a reason but I sadly have to admit I had a pang of starter envy. I was promised bloomer bread and instead had something that looked like pre-sliced Kingsmill that was a little dry and the cream cheese needed much more lemon and a good pinch of seasoning to avoid it tasting bland.
For mains, I went for my favourite, duck breast whereas my partner decided on the seafood linguine. Sadly they were out of mussels so she agreed to go for double prawns instead.
Again, her plate came groaning (and I wondered if they were making a point about my chunky frame?) and my choice was a very manageable size. The linguine was coated in an incredibly rich tomato sauce with a very generous scattering of king prawns. After a cheeky mouthful, I think the plate had room for more seasoning, spice and lemon to really bring it to life, but the red sauce was very good. My duck came with Asian inspired vegetables, sesame seeds and pineapple ketchup, the result was a very sweet dish which luckily the duck can take. The fresh vegetables provided relief from the sugar and the side dish of roast beetroot, carrot and squash stood up to the pineapple ketchup with grace.
We, of course, insisted on dessert, we had been enjoying a bottle of the house white alongside our meals and it would have been a shame to not have something to chew on whilst finishing it…
My friend goes gaga for lemon posset apparently, so that was her choice whereas I went for a sticky toffee pudding. Her posset was bursting with lemon flavour and came with little meringue pieces too. My sticky toffee pudding sponge was honestly one of the lightest I had ever encountered and made better with a massive dollop of ice cream on top. Desserts polished off, it was time to waddle home.
The Lost and Found is undoubtedly gorgeous with a few gems on the menu, just remember to bring your sweet tooth!
Whilst this meal was offered free of charge (and I paid for my wine) it did not affect my opinion or my review.