Harden's survey result
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“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.
Paul Askew, formerly of the Hope Street Hotel and London Carriage Works, has opened a “gorgeous” new fine dining venture in a Victorian ex-children’s home; it's certainly a “bold” venture, and while fans proclaim the experience “superb”, sceptics cite “variable” food as proof that he's “not quite pulling it off so far”.
The Art School Restaurant Diner Reviews
"certainly the best restaurant I've ever eaten in. Well designed from menu to recipes to selection of ingredients. Spot on cooking. The way they dealt with an unfortunate discovery of an insect in my red wine should be an example to all restaurateurs. It's all highlights, of course, but we would pick out a tiny squab pigeon pie tart on shortcrust pastry, served with meltingly tender confit pigeon leg. The cheeseboard is worth the visit on its own, and the accompanying Two Cathedral honey works so well with the more dramatic cheeses. A fan. Definitely. A regular - well we live 40+ miles away, and our visits coincide with theatre and cinema visits - but once a month."
"A treat if you're in Liverpool. Large open space with high skylights. Local ingredients used to create elegant dishes. Both fish and meat options are deliciously cooked. Worth sampling the tasting menu first time and then on the second visit skip the small plates and go for what you really liked the best. Start with an aperitif in the small bar. Good wine list."
Sugnall St, Liverpool, L7 7DX
Last orders: 9 pm