by Fiona Duncan-Steer

Month: February 2018

The Botanist West Bridgford – New Vegan Menu

The Botanist West Bridgford – New Vegan Menu

I was delighted to discover that yet another Nottingham restaurant has launched their own separate vegan menu – something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime of struggling with very limited choice over the years when dining out… Of course I took the opportunity […]

Las Iguanas Nottingham

Las Iguanas Nottingham

Popular South American restaurant Las Iguana’s in Nottingham recently underwent a refurbishment and as such decided to host a VIP re-launch and menu taster to celebrate… Las Iguana’s has always been one of my favourites de to its ‘out of town’ feel, exotic interior and […]

Phantom Of Love @ Byron’s Brasserie, Colwick Hall

Phantom Of Love @ Byron’s Brasserie, Colwick Hall

Byron’s Brasserie is an absolute hidden gem within the beautiful historic Colwick Hall-  the ancestral home of Lord Byron himself-

A relatively intimate sized restaurant with a traditional style cosy bar area, Byron’s staff always offer a warm welcome and a tentative service throughout which I cannot fault.

My husband and I recently visited the brasserie to sample the Phantom Of Love Valentines menu and what a delight.  The chef’s once again did not disappoint with their creative and colourful three course menu, with a superb quality selection on offer from Lobster thermidor mousseline with ginger jelly to cote de beuf with a medley of turned, roasted vegetables, all presented like a piece of artwork.

What’s more the menu is split into Act’s – taking inspiration from of course the theatrical world and in particular the ever famous musical- Phantom Of The Opera- the epitome of romance to celebrate this time of year with a loved one.

Act 1 for us consisted of Rillettes of duck with confit cranberries, chutney, rocket salad and crostini’s and for myself the vegetarian option of Goats cheese croquettes, caramelised nut tuile, apple salad & beetroot puree– superb!

Both dishes were served on slates and were a little piece of art in themselves, vibrant colours, careful placement of each ingredient and every individual flavour really took its place and worked so well together as a whole, in particular the vegetarian starter, which combined sweet with savoury, incorporating the caramelised nut tuile with the salad and cheese, which was a first for me and something I’d most definitely go for again.

Act 2 had to be the 8oz sirloin steak served with fat ‘jenga’ style chips and the traditional flat cap mushroom and tomato to my husband’s delight the chips though extremely chunky were cooked right through to perfection and I was told the steak was a ten out of ten.  Peppercorn sauce and onion rings on the side were an added bonus for the dish.

As a vegetarian I opted for the Wild mushroom & spinach pithivier, served with new potatoes, asparagus & baby leeks. This was a good sized pastry dish with a nice selection of wild mushrooms hidden beneath the pie lid and the well seasoned vegetables accompanied this perfectly.

Act 3- Consisted of a fine selection of desserts – what a treat, we really did not know where to start, however the top of the list won and we went for the Fine apple tart, butterscotch sauce, vanilla ice cream & brandy snap tuile –to share.

Delicious in every way and one of my favourites as a dessert, but with the addition of a delightfully chewy brandy snap, which really did make this dish extra special and beautiful to look at.

This menu is concluded with coffee and petit fours should you have enough room and at just £35 per person, it is an absolute no brainer for this Valentine’s Day- bookings are being taken now, I highly suggest you don’t miss out.

Fiona Duncan