After a very busy week spent mostly in London which included business dinners all you need is a night in but D had other ideas…..
I wasn’t told where I had to go and when the cab dropped us off at The Electric Press I thought we were going to start at Epernay but was very surprised when we walked into the little place between Epernay and Casa Mia called Dish. I had heard of Dish but didn’t even know it was there. The place is very small, under 30 covers but is nicely set as a Bistro style, wooden floors and dark wood tables, high ceiling lots of blackboards.
The bar is tiny and the kitchen is open and small to say the least so I was kind of pleased that there where only 3 tables occupied because I worried whether the chef and his assistant would be able to cope.
The front of house is a charming young chap called Chris and he explained that they were fully booked so the only table available was the high one in the bar area right outside the kitchen but D was determined so we climbed into the seats.
D ordered a glass Prosecco and I had a Japanese whisky which I am particularly fond of at present called Yamazaki we asked for some crackling and truffle popcorn to nibble on whilst we perused the menu.
Looking at the menu my immediate thought was, far too adventurous absolutely no way can these dishes be carried off in that kitchen! We ordered pan seared foie gras with apple and pork gel on toasted sourdough and artichoke crisps for me and East coast crab and sautéed tiger prawn salad with horseradish snow for D, I am guessing you understand my concern. The wine list is simple but well designed, we decided on a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose as I hadn’t seen Mrs S all week!
The food was flying out of the kitchen and it looked amazing, the table we were at was turning into a “Chef’s table”, we were having fun and the place was filling up.
Our starters arrived and I can only say that both were just fabulous.
We googled the chef who is Eddie Nuttal, very experienced, lots of flair and a star in the making but hang on we hadn’t had mains so let’s not get carried away too early.
D had slow roasted pork belly with fennel and chilli black pudding, smoked mash, pig ear and walnut salad and I opted for duck three ways, smoke crusted Gressingham duck breast, Peking duck consommé, pan seared duck hearts with pomme Anna. The amount of “wows, amazing” were off the scale…
We have no doubt that Eddy, Chris and the team here obviously deserve their “Best Newcomer” in the Oliver awards and will be successful. In fact I predict they will easily compete with the best places in Leeds….