A CHRISTMAS TASTING
Dine at Restaurant 92 and it’s easy to understand why chef patron Michael Carr has won Harrogate’s Chef of the Year on two consecutive occasions.
Although only 26, Michael has a wealth of experience behind him having worked in Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Claridge’s and later at The Westbury.
Restaurant 92 on Station Parade is a testament to Michael’s expertise. Although it was torrential rain outside our welcome at No.92 was a warm one and within minutes our wet coats and umbrellas were whisked away and we were seated feeling like pampered princesses.
The restaurant is stylish to say the least with hard wood floors, exposed brickwork alongside chandeliers, and gilt mirrors and the walls adored with work by local artists.
Comfortable is an understatement about the seating with soft leather seats and lots of cushions. I loved the marble topped tables that had been made from sewing machines.
Outside there is a covered terrace a wonderful place for cocktails or after dinner drinks and for chilly nights there are heaters discreetly placed.
As it was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas we opted for the seasonal tasting menu, which always runs alongside an the la carte menu and we were not disappointed.
We knew we were in for a veritable feast when the bread arrived. Like all the courses each dish was explained by our lovely server.
Our bread consisted of a chicken fat brioche with onion powder on top and was served with delicious brown beef butter – you have to taste this to believe how delicious it is.
Canapes followed including a delicious crispy lamb skin with garlic mayo all presented as beautifully as they tasted.
Next on our Festive Winter Tasting Menu was Lobster Ravioli. This was a very rich dish with a large amount of lobster inside the large ravioli cases. The tomato concasse gave the dish a kick and complimented the cream on the bottom of the dish.
Our next taster dish of Braised Yorkshire Short rib was more than impressive. The meat was served on a bone with carrot, shallots and smoked garlic. It was so tender it just fell apart. A non sauce and gravy girl I had to taste the sauce it came with as it looked so delicious – a red currant sauce with croutons it was absolutely amazing and brought out the fusion of flavours of the beef.
At this point we had to ask for a rest before our main course. On the menu was Yorkshire Air Dried Duck, Wild Halibut or Butter Poached Turkey. Being nearly in the festive spirit we opted for the turkey.
The turkey was poached in butter so at first glance it looked rather undercooked. But once you tasted it and cut it, you were amazed how poaching makes the meat so tender.
The accompaniments to the dish were just so unusual and delicious. Sprouts have never tasted so good and the red cabbage, which I normally leave, was so different. It was sticky in texture and so tangy I polished every bit of it off.
Christmas pudding is a must on every menu for me and I either love it or hate it. I fell in love with this Christmas pudding it was so different. Different because of its additions there was white chocolate on the top, the brandy sauce was light and the ice cream just made it plus the red currants on the pudding.
The pudding itself was light and the contrasting tastes made it so palatable.
We finished off with coffee served with home-made chocolates and petite fours
Our first Christmas meal of the season I am sure no other will top this at No.92!
Restaurant 92 is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
It is open: Wednesday and Thursday 12.00 – 2.30pm and 5.30 to 9.30pm; Friday and Saturday 12.00 – 2.30.pm and 5.30 to 10.00pm
Sundays 12.00 – 5.00pm
92 Station Parade, Harrogate.
To book call 01423 503027.