You know a restaurant produces good food when it leaves a memory lasting twenty years. My mother and I visited 'The Rising Sun Inn' last week, a restaurant my mother has been raving about for twenty years.
My late father was a former food critic who dragged my disgruntled mother to the opposite side of town on a rainy winter night in 1993 to review Kensington's 'The Rising Sun Inn'.
She thought she was going to a Chinese restaurant and was not in the mood for greasy honey chicken. Little did she know they were about to experience award winning food and service.
Twenty years on and the food and service lived up to the high expectations. When you step inside this charming cottage you feel comforted and cared for by attentive waiting staff and soul-comforting food.
The highlight for me was a hearty rabbit pie with the subtle flavours of tarragon, which transported me to a Tuscan village to taste 'nonna's pie' that had been perfected over generations.
Waiting for food can often be the most frustrating part of eating out. My hat needs to go off to the chefs, kitchen-hands and waiting staff who successfully brought out a three-course meal in one hour, as they knew I had one hour before I had to leave for work.
In winter time 'The Rising Sun' can be so popular that bookings need to be made three months in advance.
My mother has now been there twice in twenty years and my message to those looking for an amazing dining experience is don't wait twenty years.
The Rising Sun Inn is located at 60 Bridge Street Kensington and is open Monday to Saturday. Bookings are essential. Call 8333 0721.