Tuesday 6 May 2014

Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, Chester

Simon Radley is a Michelin starred restaurant set within the classical Grosvenor hotel in the centre of Chester. Not short of accolades it is also ranked 47th in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide. We chose the restaurant as a venue for a anniversary meal. Everything about the hotel and dining room screamed classical and traditional in keeping with Chester in general.

We took advantage of the Spring offer of the tasting for £59 per head which seemed good value. The bread offering is one of the most extensive we have come across and personal favourites include walnut and fig, potato and brioche.

The amuse was torched mackerel, blood orange and fennel.

The first proper course was a frappe of sweet pea vichyssoise, duck liver carpaccio and smoked magret. A vibrant dish with a contrasting sweetness from the pea against the rich duck liver. A good start to the meal.

New season - jersey royal whip, morels, asparagus, sweetbread and langoustine. Clean flavours which allowed the freshness of the quality ingredients to shine.

Yellowfin - seared tuna tail, basquaise peppers, wild garlic, chipirones. An Asian feel to the dish although it felt slightly odd with the pepper puree which overpowered the tuna.

Edge's rare breed - poached fillet, salt cheeks, pickle puree and snail paste. Well cooked beef just wish I had more of the fillet!

Roquefort troupeau - mille feuille, barbecue pears. A unusual cheese dish but works with the barbecue flavours.

Prune and armagnac, sugared beignet.

Yorkshire triangle - textures of rhubard, gingerbread and custard. A nice finish to the meal as there were so many surprises to the dish. The rhubarb and custard base of the dish being my favourite.

The service is as you would expect in a classical white linen restaurant with synchronised service ensuring plates were laid down at the same time. This was quite amusing for larger tables where a long troupe of servers would be needed to achieve this.  All in all a very pleasant meal with high end cooking of undeniable quality from start to finish. An ideal location for special occasions in the North West.

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