I am so pleased to say there is finally a mini top class restaurant revolution in the North West of England. Hispi is a relatively new restaurant from the people behind the Sticky Walnut in Chester. There are also a few new high end restaurants afoot in the city centre. What I loved most about Hispi though, is that all they set out to do is to give you great food at incredibly reasonable prices. Just reading the menu is so invigorating and refreshing. I’ll let the food and photos do the talking, pictures painting a thousand words……
From the top, salt baked swede with puffed barley and creme fraiche. The swede was perfectly salty and soft, the puffed barley is a great accompaniment. Sadly it was overly seasoned and hence the dish seemed a bit too salty overall. I would have thought this would have been ironed out by now.
For mains I had the featherblade steak, celeriac puree, kale and parmesan and truffle chips. Wowsers, featherblade is another underused cut that is now becoming fashionable. It is basically chuck steak but left whole. The reduced cooking liquor jus was deep and rich, which was perfectly balanced with the puree and chips. Even though the chips were a little too salty also, my only complaint.
For dessert, I make no secret of the fact that I make brilliant Eccles Cakes. I’ve tweaked my recipe over the years, using raisins instead of currants and some secret additions which I’ve not actually put in my recipe. Email me if you want the additions! Anyhow, these are, as Eccles cakes go, perfect. A nice large size packed with fruit, served with a very generous moreish quenelle of whipped cream.
See below for some of the other dishes we had on the night. All in all, I can’t wait to go back and eat the rest of the menu. If you go at standard meal times the prices are incredibly reasonable. Starters £5-£8, Mains £12-18, desserts around £5/6. Brilliant. If you can manage the early bird, £18 for three courses and a glass of wine. Whats not to like about that.