Just for starters…
Liverpool Food and Drink Festival has announced their September event’s ‘line-up’ and it reads like a who’s who of Liverpool’s best restaurants and eateries today.
If the entire menu was published, it would be a tome. Customers would spend hours pouring over it and even the most patient waiters would probably pull up a chair.
Choosing what to get at this event is becoming more difficult than ever. If you’re often paralysed with indecision, don’t’ know where to start and find yourself saying things like ‘It all looks so good’ we’ve knocked something up just for you.
Here’s a selection of our favourite places taking part in the upcoming festival. Get in the mood by trying out some of their best dishes ahead of the event.
This Hanover Street restaurant mixes traditional French with some of the nouveau ideas thrown in. Boeuf Bourguignon is a French classic, the poulet supreme is deserving of its name (especially the cream sauce), we love the sweet pea and mint risotto, especially on a balmy evening. If you’re treating yourself go for the Chateaubriand. Délicieux!
It’s all about sharing at Bold Street’s Maray and we’re all for that (except if we order hummus, then we’re not sharing). The falafel is, unsurprisingly, delicious. The green beans with Claremont Farm strawberries are a treat. But if you want three tips let us suggest you go for the half cauliflower (bigger than you’d think), the lamb koftas (with delicious tahini) and the crispy buttermilk chicken thighs. In fact, choosing what to have is the hardest thing at Maray, and we haven’t even started to think about the cocktail menu.
Bretta & Co
These people know their food, and because they have a delicatessen you can either buy ingredients and have a go yourself, or just pull up a chair and order direct from the menu. The Honey Spiced Ribs served with fresh fennel and apple slaw is even better than it sounds and the crab salad is fresh and zingy, with cucumber jelly and avocado. The Scottish sea bass is served with the best black olive tapenade in Liverpool. Well worth a visit!
Chaophrya & Palm Sugar
Do you know, we were only daydreaming about Chaophrya’s coconut rice this weekend? If we’re honest, whenever we go to the Liverpool ONE restaurant we struggle to make any decision past the appetisers; pork spare ribs, chicken satay, steamed dumplings, prawn and chicken toast, deep fried marinated pork. Perfection. Mains include crispy pork belly with Thai basil and a flavoursome four seasons duck curry. Does anyone make curry as good as Chaophrya?
Tucked away on Kitchen Street is one of our favourite hangouts. In fact, we love it so much we’re (almost) loathed to tell anyone about it. But, it’s what we do, we have to share. Blacklodge Brewery is a collective and as well as a rather delicious range of beers and stouts there’s a rather tasty food menu on offer as well. Get three meat plates for £6.50 and choose from rosemary and garlic salami, game salami, coppa pork collar or spicy beef pepperoni salami. Each is served with pickles, chutneys and a tasty roll. Make your own ploughmans with a selection of cheese plates or opt for some sharing boards at £15 each. We love the Beavertown and Dark Star ales, but we’re also partial to a gin or rum. Great place for a party too.
Liverpool has never been better as a food destination. Variety and creativity in food and drink is everywhere. This explosion of ideas, merging of cultures and celebration of good food is never more apparent than at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. Save some room, wear stretchy pants and seek out the stalls from the excellent restaurants above. The choice is yours.
Liverpool Food and Drink Festival takes place on the 17th and 18th September.