Roux has been built on the hotel Skindles, located in the picturesque Taplow by the river Thames. Michel and son, Alain Roux, offers a relaxed atmosphere inspired by modern French dining.
We were greeted with a warm smile at reception. A member of staff led us through the restaurant; the dining area was spacious with a lot of natural light seeping in from the large sliding doors that led to a gorgeous view of the Thames. The interior was modern with a splash of turquoise upholstery, and bronze ornaments that hung along the walls with family portraits – this gave a friendly feel to their space.
Our table was by the large sliding doors, so we had an amazing view of the swans and geese that swam by that evening.
When we sat down a waiter placed a small bowl of what looked like profiteroles with a warm creamy cheese that oozed out everytime, I took a bite out of it, delicious.
We ordered mineral water for the table as we aren’t big drinkers. To start we ordered the Roux family special Grandpa Benoit Roux’s country pâté & sourdough bread for two, one Pea & mint soup with ham hock & poached egg and A dozen Burgundy snails with parsley & garlic butter for one.
The parents shared the Grandpa Benoit Roux’s country pâté & sourdough bread – tasty it was a lot meatier and not as smooth as the regular pâté that we’re used to, however I thought it added texture and more flavour, my Dad loved it he asked for more bread!
Wingy had the Pea & mint soup with ham hock & poached egg – light in flavour and the egg was cooked to perfection, a delicious runny yolk that complimented the soup well.
I chose A dozen Burgundy snails with parsley & garlic butter, absolutely delicious the texture reminded me of a chewy mushroom smothered in garlic sauce, and complimented the bread nicely.
For the mains we ordered Roasted sea bass with aubergine caviar & courgette, basil sauce for one, Grilled Ribeye steak with French fries & provencal tomato, Foyot sauce for one, Rose chicken thighs with vegetables and lastly Chicken breast with ham & brie cheese, potato purée, wild mushrooms for one.
Mum had the Roasted Sea bass with aubergine caviar & courgette, basil sauce – tasty and tender with a delicious crisp layer.
Dad had the Grilled Ribeye steak with French fries & provencal tomato, Foyot sauce – the steak was well done but they cooked it to perfection.
Wingy had one of their Specials – Rose chicken thighs with vegetables a rich dish but personally it was a bit on the salty side for me.
After being a bit indecisive I had to ask our waiter what he recommend; Chicken breast with ham & brie cheese, potato purée, wild mushrooms also a rich dish but delicious, the chicken was juicy filled with ham and Brie phenomenal flavours with every bite. I loved the potato purée it was so silky smooth and married well with the chicken.
For our final course we ordered the Chantilly choux bun with vanilla ice cream & chocolate sauce for two to share, Iced strawberry soufflé with melba sauce for one and lastly the Floating island with pink praline & vanilla custard.
Mum and Dad shared the Chantilly choux bun with vanilla ice cream & chocolate sauce, it looked delicious but my parents managed to gobble it up before I could try any.
Wingy chose the Iced strawberry soufflé with melba sauce, it was a delightful ice cream although personally I thought the soufflé would be more prominent but it was a tasty dish nevertheless!
I saved the best dessert for last the Floating island with pink praline & vanilla custard, I was fascinated by the ‘floating’ description when I picked it and to my surprise the presentation and flavour turned out to be outstanding! The middle was filled with praline and it looked so pretty that I didn’t want to devour it!
When we were half way into our desserts Mum’s birthday plate arrived, with a cute cube chocolate mousse like cake sitting on a white plate, with a lovely chocolate sauce writing which said ‘Happy Birthday’.
The service was excellent they had different staff doing their own tasks, but they all moved with fluidity. We enjoyed our experience at Roux and the hospitality was superb. The food was good we would happily go back for more!
Roux at Skindles opening times are Tuesday to Thursday Lunch 11.30 am to 3 pm, Dinner 6 pm to 9.30pm. Friday & Saturday Breakfast 8.30 am to 10 am, Lunch 11.30 am to 3 pm, and Dinner at 6 pm to 9.30 pm. Sunday’s Breakfast 8.30 am to 10 am and Sunday Roast 12 pm to 4 pm.
There is parking onsite.