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Liverpool’s food scene is off the scale. From super-star chefs to mind-blowing menus, our City’s reputation as a centre for culinary excellence is growing by the minute.
From the ‘taste of Tianjin’ at Lu Ban to a quirky twist on the traditional at Roski and the foodie adventure that is Pilgrim; we’ve got so much to get your taste buds into…you just need to take a bite!
Here’s our guide to the ‘must do’ restaurants in town right now….
Lu Ban serves up a fine-dining twist on your traditional Chinese and it has been causing quite a stir since it launched back in November. The super-cool space, which is housed in part of the former Cains Brewery site promises ‘a taste of Tianjin’ and boy does it deliver.
With a myriad of different menus to suit every taste (and budget) you can enjoy a taster of what’s on offer with selection of three delicious snacks from the new Bar Menu and a glass of wine beer for just £15 or go all-out with one of the private dining experiences in the Tianjin Private Dining Room, Food Lab, Wine Room or Chefs Table.
A classic Italian restaurant fuelled by generations of passion. Vincent has channelled his family’s heritage in bringing authentic, Italian food and produce to the UK for well over a hundred years. Following in the footsteps of his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, he has created a warm and relaxed dining hub serving the very best, authentic, Italian cuisine.
The menu is packed full of crowd pleasers; from hearty pasta favourites and classic meat dishes such as Tournedos Rossini, to delicate desserts such as the silky smooth Panacotta – it’s like a lesson on how to do Italian well. So, if you are sick of ‘small plates’ and fed up fine dining, Vincenzo’s can give you a much-needed comfort food hug just like Mamma made!
The much talked about new Spanish small-plates concept housed in the Duke Street Market complex, the guys behind Pilgrim ended up relocating to Liverpool after securing investment on BBC Two’s ‘My Million Pound Menu’ from Liverpool-based Graffiti Spirits Group (Santa Chupitos, Salt Dog Slims, Santa Maluco).
Forget your existing interpretation of tapas, this place really does re-educate your understanding of what authentic Spanish dining is all about. Taking its inspiration from the flavours, traditions and tastes along the northernmost route of the Camino, Pilgrim manages to take your taste-buds on an enlightening journey of discovery without being ‘too cool’ along the way.
Think hearty Spanish fabada (stew) with haricot beans, Morcilla sausage and chorizo and simple grilled sardines with fiery aioli and you’ll get the idea. Their geographically accurate menu changes with the season and you can expect all the clatter, noise and atmosphere that comes with its food hall setting. Not to be missed.
One of the jewels in Liverpool’s dining crown, The Art School has really helped put the city back on the culinary map. Driven by super-star Chef Patron Paul Askew, The Art School champions local talent and local produce from its magnificent base in the city’s glorious Georgian quarter.
Think classic fine dining with impeccably presented dishes and fabulous flavours, The Art School epitomises class.
Alongside the Taster and A La Carte menus the super-value Prix Fixe (Lunchtimes and 5-6.15pm Tuesday to Saturday) offers a sublime introduction to Paul’s incredible cooking with star dishes including venison carpaccio, Peterhead hake with Menai mussels and roasted local pheasant with all the trimmings for a very palatable £27 for two or £34 for three courses.
As tasty as they are ethical, this is cooking with conscience. It’s often said, but these guys really do create dishes using only the finest, most fresh, local ingredients and their menus change regularly, depending what is in season and good that day.
Working with a hand-picked team of local producers, butchers, fishermen and bakers their menu is clean, seasonal and deliciously simple.
From clever small plates like the braised butterbean with roasted courgette and goat’s curd to more substantial mains – the delicate Lemon sole with parloude clams and IPA & clotted cream sauce is just divine, we think Oktopus hits all the right notes when it comes to big flavours, low impact and bags ingenuity.
Unpretentious, relaxed and with wide culinary appeal, Heritage on Castle Street is all big flavours and industrial chic.
A great ‘grab a bit with friends’ option, the extensive menu serves up some cool classics and tasty twists on bistro favourites and the price point means you will have plenty of spare change for a cocktail or three.
Small plates, big plates and everything in between, we think its one of the best mid-range restaurants in the city right now and one that should be on your foodie wish list.
Having taken the city’s dining scene by storm late last year, Six By Nico’s reputation for fun fine dining shows no signs of slowing down.
Championed as ‘fine dining for the masses’ it’s perfect for your first foray into the heady world of the ‘taster menu’ with its clever of offering of six set courses (vegetarian options available) changing every six weeks.
Nico’s latest offering ‘New York’ offers six conversation starting dishes, all impeccably presented, with a clever mix of flavours that really encapsulate the city that never sleeps. From a twist on Eggs Benedict to the show-stopping big apple, start spreading the news guys – this is accessible fine dining at its finest.
Arguably the most interesting dining experience in the city, Roski is run by the insanely talented Anton Piotrowski and his team.
A real life Masterchef (he won Masterchef The Professionals) this is eclectic British cooking at its finest.
The taster menu is absolutely the star of the show here. Culinary theatre from start to finish, its filled with exciting dishes and quirky interpretations of time served classics. There’s plenty of humour too, the beef nuggets with ‘chip shop’ sauce are an absolute triumph and the wagyu and oxtail with hotdog onions brings a touch of the fairground to a world class dish.
Clever, uplifting and gratifyingly relaxed Roski nails the balance between high-end foodie heaven and cool bistro perfectly.
The taster menu is the sole option on Friday and Saturday evenings (£75) but there’s also a very acceptable lunch menu (£25) and a la carte (£55) available outside these times.
The latest offering from renegade, crowdfunding super-chef Gary Usher, Pinion has brought bistro culture to Prescott! Having launched in a blaze of publicity late last summer, Pinion is now serving up Gary’s clever, unpretentious bistro food with a twist to the people of Prescott and beyond.
With a lunch, early evening and a la carte menu available from Wednesday to Sunday (they also have a dedicated Sunday Lunch menu) diners can expect everything from the famed pig’s cheek croquettes and much loved braised beef with beetroot ketchup dishes to classic crowd pleasers like beer battered fish, chips andminted mushy peas all served in the relaxed, reclaimed chic surroundings we’ve come to expect from Gary.
The most anticipated launch for 2020, tickets to the opening of Lerpwl on the Albert Dock this February will be the hottest tickets in town.
Great British Menu star Ellis Barrie and his brother Liam will be winging back to Liverpool from North Wales to launch the dockside restaurant.
Following on from the success of their Anglesey based restaurant, the Maram Grass, the much-loved cheeky chappies have paid homage to their Welsh base in the name of the restaurant as Lerpwl is the Welsh translation of Liverpool and the fusion won’t stop there. Ellis has said we can expect some exciting dishes packed full of Welsh produce along with some home-grown influences from Merseyside too. Our advice – book in early as the queue will be round the Dock!
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