You may of heard of The New Ellington before? If you’ve not, its a rather swanky hotel tucked away in the heart of the financial quarter in Leeds. Over recent years, its probably fair to say the basement restaurant has had its ups and downs. Its now been revamped and has a new resident Head Chef for 3 months, Liz Cottam (Master chef 2016 semi finalist). I was invited along to sample Liz’s brand new menu which will be launching on October 1st.
To start the evening we were introduced to the other bloggers with a glass of Prosecco, provided by Rob Lorains, supplier of organic wines. Its not often I drink Prosecco, but I found it to be crisp and refreshing. A couple of glasses gave us time to chat with the other bloggers in attendance before we headed downstairs to the restaurant.
To begin the evening, we were served a starter of wild mushroom consomme, truffled gnochi, mushroom with shaved fresh autumn truffle. The flavours in this dish were just amazing! The rich flavoured consomme was unbelievably good. It was just a shame it was gone in two mouthfuls!
The next course was ‘fish pie’. Butter poached halibut, lobster bisque, salmon mousse and creamed potatoes. The halibut was perfectly cooked and the texture was soft and flaky. The fish was paired with 2 white wines to try, my favourite was the Menade Verdejo, an organic, sulphur free wine. For me, it was a refreshing aromatic wine that had hints of apricot that worked well with the halibut.
The main course was lamb loin and slow cooked breast with pistachio and lamb glaze with textures of fennel and goats cheese. The presentation of this dish certainly has that wow factor! All the flavours and textures complimented each other well, to make a really enjoyable dish. Two red wines that were selected to go with the lamb, my preference was the Garnacha Crianza Rioja, I personally thought it paired better with the flavours of the lamb.
To finish the evening, we were served a divine dessert Liz’s own version of black forest Gateau or BFG! It consisted of rich chocolate cake, kirsch soaked raisins, sour cherry curd, cherry ice cream and whiskey ganache. This was certainly one for those with a sweet tooth, like me! The sweetness of the chocolate and sourness from the cherries balanced were well balanced. This was paired with lovey, sweet desert wine which concluded the menu perfectly.
The 4 course tasting menu is available Friday and Saturday evening and priced at £45. Other options are available, set Friday lunch time menu (£20/£25) and Private dining Monday to Thursday from £25 per person.
The December menu is particularly appealing to me as a big fan of game, especially the Venison with game chips! I’d definitely return to sample the other menus planned for November and December.