If you’re looking for fine dining in Harrogate it would be hard to beat Restaurant 92. We recently tried it for the first time and had one of the best meals we’ve had in the last year. Read on to find out more, but be warned it may make you hungry!
On arriving at the restaurant the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, formal enough to make it feel special but not stuffy. There was a good choice of wines and plenty of gins to choose from for our apperitif.
We decided on the autumn/winter tasting menu, having been particularly tempted by the venison pie. It also seemed excellent value at £32 per person.
First up were the canapes – truffle arancini, pumpkin meringue with cumin cream cheese and squid ink tempura. These were absolutely delicious and left us excited for the meal to come.
Next was guinea fowl minestrone. The broth was full of flavour and the tiny vegetables al dente and so fresh.
Our favourite course was the venison pie with red cabbage and smoked potato. Flavoured with juniper and cocoa it was rich and warming, just right for a blustery winters evening.
For the main course I had chosen poached chicken with crispy cabbage, fern hollandaise, truffle and egg yolk jam. The jam was really one of the highlights of the dish, so rich and creamy and like nothing I had tasted before.
The final course topped off what had really been a perfect meal. We had parsnip cake which was moist and not too sweet, served with a beautiful ginger beer ice-cream.
It was a fantastic meal, memorable for its interesting ingredients and depth of flavour. Its obvious why head chef Michael Carr has been named Chef of the Year at the Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards.
Restaurant 92 is just what Harrogate has been missing. We plan to visit again soon to sample their Sunday Roast and have faith it will live up to our very high expectations. We shall keep you posted!