Outcome on appeal: Majority Verdict
At first instance: Hung Jury
Salient features: Jamon Potato Rosti, Gaia Benedict
Ratio Decidendi: There was enough to like on my first visit to Gaia. The sweet/salty balance of five spiced pork, pear and spinach puree and apple(?) matchsticks was spot on. The only thing missing for me was the tenderness of the pork, which didn’t quite match up with its ‘slow cooked’ description. A tasty dish nonetheless, and probably the highlight of the first visit.
On my return visit the Jamon potato rosti won me over. The rosti itself was as it should be – crispy on the outside with a fluffy inner – tasty enough to happily be eaten in its own right. The addition of salty jamon balanced against the sweetness of the tomato and having the poached eggs to bind it all together made for a delicious plate of food.
The reuben and croque monsieur sandwiches were passable but would have benefited from a bit more generosity in terms of the fillings.