BY ANTHONY FISHER
Thursday night. We’re so close to the weekend that we can almost taste it! So rather than the taste of another working day, we’d been invited to call past Liverpool’s Malmaison hotel and try out their new autumn menu!
Who’s we you may ask. That would be Liverpool Blogger’s very own Steph and myself, Anthony (newbie blogger, where ARE my manners?)
Now, I do believe that location is key and the Malmaison can definitely tick this box off. Right on Liverpool’s stunning waterfront – even when it’s dark it still looks unbelievable. Although I would have to advise taking a coat due to unwelcomed breezes!
The cocktail menu – always the first thing to catch my eye. Of course I was spoiled for choice, so our lovely waiter Kieran was happy to recommend the Rum Julep and the Autumn Fizz, which went down a treat while we waited in the very stylish and refined drinks lobby. The bar area is where the heart and soul of the Malmaison lies. Chilled, quiet and classy. It did have a few suits dotted about, making a prime example of ‘an after work tipple‘ but it had that warm presence that comforted you, and had us reaching for another cocktail…
I’m excited, it’s time to eat. Between us, what did we get:
Starters: SCOTCH EGG OF VENISON & RAMSEY’S BLACK PUDDING / GAME TERRINE EN CROUTE
Mains: PAN-FRIELD SEA BASS RIBOLLITA & GARLIC MASH POTATO / VENISON BURGER & SWEET POTATO FRIES
Dessert: AUTUMN ETON MESS / STEAMED TREACLE SPONGE / COFFEE
I had the Venison Burger. If you haven’t tried this particular meat before, I’d compare venison to beef but much more delicate. Cooked to perfection. A sophisticated twist to a classic favourite! I’m on board.
Steamed Treacle Sponge was presented to me as the grand finale. I’ve always had a sweet tooth so this was BOUND to be my favourite course, but there’s just something about golden syrup and vanilla custard that appeals to all 5 of my senses (If I could hear the dessert talk, I’m certain it would have the voice of an angel).
Malmaison definitely delivered. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff, one of the most incredibly scenic and relaxed environments – but most importantly; well prepared and stunning food. The eleven storey boutique building alongside Liverpool’s Princes Dock is perfectly nestled at the stylish docklands. Described as a “Gothic addition to this fine city“, the place radiates elegance.
You’ll see me there again! Cocktail, did I hear you say?