Eating Out: Liverpool
This gorgeous independent corner café is also home to a great cocktail list and an impressive list of fernets. Their drinks list is named ‘drinks from a small island’ and they have a couple of natural wines on their list which shows Liverpool is definitely on the map.
The stylish set-up is simple yet cosy and comfortable, we enjoyed a few pre-dinner cocktails on Thursday and bacon sandwich and great cuppa on Friday morning. It is clear from brilliant service that they are extremely passionate and the staff love what the café stands for.
I loved the all small details. The cocktail glassware was fun and well thought through, the Hot Kid cocktail is served in a colourful can and the coffee comes with a lovely wafer, something I am going to implement into the Allbright x Social Pantry café.
The inspiration I am taking from Belzan is the great wine descriptions! You have to make the journey and meet Milo the lovely manager to fully understand but I loved the tongue in cheek descriptions.
I was lucky enough to join the Belzan x Salon collaboration dinner. It was definitely worth the day off and the drive, the newly open Belzan sits on Smithdown road just outside the main town and was previously a laundrette.
The 6 course, wine pairing menu was fantastic, we started off with a Sherry and the signature Nduja Croquettes from Salon. This was followed by a fantastic gently cured Halibut with Mango, Cucumber and Green Chilli and then a knock out Gnocchi. Known for pushing the boundries Nick had created a Nettle Gnocchi with Monks Beard and Soy Cured Egg Yolk which was exciting, different and delicious. The beautifully paired wines are what made both these dishes totally stand out.
For the meat main we enjoyed Iberico Secreto, Smoked Peach and Radish, sitting next to Jade who also works in the kitchen at Belzan I heard that the smoking had started on Monday, you could really taste the TLC throughout the menu. The Salon dessert was a perfectly sweet end to it all, Rhubarb, Hibiscus, Roasted White Chocolate and Sour Cream Dessert and Mocata d’Asti.
Our meal was all finished off with a Cheddar Scone, Whipped Goats Curd and Honey Comb paired with a Champagne Cocktail. You may well be seeing this on at Social Pantry café soon!
I loved the handmade plates, brilliant Negroni cocktails, great music and very fun company.
When we unintentionally got stuck in Liverpool for the day (some t**t blocked our car in, not accidentally may I add!) and there was no question that we should head to Maray and enjoy some lunch.
After strolling in to an almost empty restaurant, shortly after 13:30 it was full and service in full swing. Sitting at the top of Bold Street, it offers a really exciting menu and is clearly making waves in Liverpool.
The service was fantastic, attentive and informative and we felt very well looked after. The interiors reminded me of Westerns Laundry, stripped back yet stylish and functional.
What we ate:
Octopus, butterbean purée, kale, orange, pistachio, chilli 8
Berber Bowl – zhug, tahini, ancho cashews, confit garlic, burnt chilli, flatbread
Cauliflower, flaked almonds, pomegranate, tahini, yoghurt, harissa
Lebanese cured salmon, cucumber, radish, labneh, blackberry, lemon gel
Sea bass with confit tomato
Vegan chocolate tart
What we drank:
Finca Cerrada Viura 2016
Cuvee de Brieu Viognier 2015
We shared the meal but almost fought over the cauliflower. Wow! It was brilliant, looked stunning and tasted better. It is the second time I’ve enjoyed a version of grilled cauliflower and tahini and I am trying to work out how to get it onto the SP menus asap!
After the great sharing plates which worked well with both wines, the vegan chocolate tart was a banging note to end on! I will definitely be back.
This lovely independent wine store is a great hangout for a pre-dinner drink, Bobby who runs it is a wine importer who opened it earlier this year with his girlfriend. It’s cute, well designed and decorated wine shop. The wines are all natural and they have a great, varied selection by the glass. Definitely worth stopping in or grabbing a bottle