Harden's survey result
“Paul Askew’s elegant five-year-old, next door to the Liverpool Philharmonic, continues to produce some equally elegant and accomplished cuisine” which makes it one of the city’s top dining options. Recognising that not everyone will want something as full-on as the nine-course tasting menu, there are also prix fixe and ‘Excellence’ menus, also with pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options.
Paul Askew’s “seriously good” open-kitchen four-year-old with large skylight (“attractive if slightly Spartan”), near the Liverpool Philharmonic – is the most commented-on European restaurant in town, and many diners consider it “the star of the Liverpool food scene” thanks to his “excellent” tasting menus (there’s quite an array, and also a cheaper lunch and earlybird prix fixe alternative); and with the sourcing of high-quality local ingredients often commended. For a minority, though, the scoff seems more middling, and service – while “top quality” to most reporters – at times comes over as “a bit stuffy” or “inflexible”.
“Paul Askew is constantly raising the bar” at his ambitious, open-kitchen two-year-old near the Liverpool Philharmonic – a contemporary space with a large glazed roof, “artfully suspended lights, very comfortable seating and sumptuous table linen”. From a variety of tasting menus (including a vegan option) the results are “gorgeous, with very attractive presentation” and “service is attentive but not intrusive”.
Just across the road from the Liverpool Philharmonic, Paul Askew’s year-old venture is “getting better all the time”. “It’s a beautiful, airy room with the kitchen visible through a long window”, service is “wonderful”, and there was more consistent praise this year for the “fantastic” cuisine.
The Art School Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Beautifully presented local food with a twist. Tucked away behind the Liverpool Philharmonic, this gem is truly worth a visit. Service is like a well oiled machine."
"White tablecloths, bright and airy dining room... menu changes with the seasons. excellent fish is sourced from exceptional local suppliers ‘Wards Fishmongers’ Excellent wine list. Friendly, unstuffy waiting staff."
"Sea bass; Skate; cheese; Mille feuile. Bit of a balls up with the food - was supposed to have halibut rather than hake - thought the staff handled it well by giving us a complimentary cheese course (with port!) though. Pretty basic error though."
|Wine per bottle||£26.00|
Sugnall St, Liverpool, L7 7DX
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm|