Harden's survey result
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.
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
"Continues to push limits in quality of ingredients, and imaginative cooking. We're regulars."
"Food disappointing. The spinach soufflé flat, and the main course a little bland and tepid. Service very prescribed and inflexible."
Sugnall St, Liverpool, L7 7DX
|Tuesday||12 pm-12 am|
|Wednesday||12 pm-12 am|
|Thursday||12 pm-12 am|
|Friday||12 pm-2 am|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 am|