I do love a good taster menu, and for £45 per person, you could do a lot worse than the offering at Kona at the St. James’ Court Hotel.
The next course was one of my favourites – dived king scallops served with broad beans and a lemon emulsion on a minted pea puree, topped with some crispy Prosciutto.
The perfect scallops were followed by another excellent dish – the signature Sussex Lamb Two Ways. This was a cannon and bolognese, served with aubergine caviar on polenta. This was accompanied by a roquette pesto and confit eggplant.
The next dish didn’t do much for me – a seared Gressingham duck breast served with celeriac press, confit pearl onions, a grande cuvee mandarine reduction and poached Himalayan crabapple. The flavours were slightly disjointed for me – the crabapple slightly too bitter – and the duck breast was ever so slightly overdone for my taste.
Luckily, this was followed by a very decent cheese course – Celtic Promise, Somerset Camembert, Cerney, Wookey Hole, and Cropwell Bishop – although by this point I was so stuffed I only managed the Camembert!
We finished things off with a deconstructed lemon meringue pie with lemon balm cress and strawberry dust. I adore meringue, so I was a massive fan of this, although it was a little too much of a ‘taste’ for my liking! I would’ve liked to try a little more of the citrus cream filling.
All things considered, for £45 a head, the taster menu at Kona is very good value for money. A lovely location, with all the dishes beautifully presented, although they missed the mark with one of the dishes I would come back for the Sussex Lamb course alone. I docked them half a point for the size of the desserts, but overall I had a wonderful, enjoyable meal at Kona.(3.5 / 5)
* I was invited to Kona courtesy of my favourite foodie app, Zomato. All opinions are fully my own.