Ever since reading about Restaurant 27 in the Observer food monthly (shortlisted by readers as best restaurant in the South) I have been itching to go. Found on the corner of Burgoyne Road, off South Parade, Restaurant 27 is bought to you by the co-owner and chef of the much lauded Bistro Montparnasse on Palmerston Road. With this pedigree in mind my hopes were high. We went there on Sunday for their £27 lunchtime set menu and it was quite simply outstanding. Shortly after being shown to our seats we were surprised with some amuse bouches to get us going, we chose the whipped goats cheese and the butterfly prawns for starters and for main we opted for the lamb wellington and the salmon with crab. Desserts was a chocolate gateaux and a taster of cheeses. Pino Grigio and Merlot helped wash it all down. All dishes were beautifully presented and a joy to eat. The service throughout was impeccable however the choice of decor does let the place down a bit, something that can easily be remedied though. Restaurant 27 bills itself as a fine dining experience in Portsmouth, quite a bold mantle but certainly deserved. A top example of how the food scene is progressing in Portsmouth and Southsea.