Instead of going for the traditional giant roast, over the Easter weekend, Dave and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Chez Mal Brasserie.
Chez Mal in the evening is a very cool, dark, moody space with neon lighting and lots of leather furniture. Ideal for a date night! We grabbed a booth and enjoyed the modern, chic interiors.
We ordered from the Spring menu, which has the great deal of two courses for £19.95 or 3 courses for £24.95.
To start, I had the Orange Pollen Cured Salmon which comes with avocado and wasabi puree, pickled cucumber and a citrus dressing. The salmon was delicate and delicious, well accompanied by punches of heat from the puree and the tanginess of the cucumber.
Dave had the Grilled English Asparagus and Serrano Ham, which comes with a rich, creamy hollandaise. The asparagus has plenty of bite, and the ham was salty and clearly good quality.
For my main course, I opted for Gloucester Old Spot Pork Belly, which comes with fresh peas, baby onions and gem lettuce, and a choice of salad or new potatoes. I chose the salad, which was nice, but not needed at all. The portion size without was ample. The pork was perfect. The crackling was crisp, but not so hard it couldn’t be cut into with minimal struggle. The meat was full of moisture, and the accompanying veg was crisp and fresh-tasting.
Dave’s Chicken Milanese was topped with a fried egg and truffle mayonnaise. The egg was lovely and runny, while the chicken was juicy inside with a good crisp coating. The mayo was tasty, with a good strong flavour of truffle.
I finished with Yorkshire Rhubarb Cheesecake. This was a lot huger than I was expecting, but oh, it was good. I love a cheesecake with plenty of biscuit layer, which this had, with lots of ginger crunch. The cheesecake layer was creamy, topped with sharp rhubarb jelly and poached rhubarb.
Dave had the Warm Pear, Blackberry Jam & Almond Tart. This was soft and light, with lots of fruit flavour, and a light crumb.
The service was a little over-attentive at first, but we were right by the kitchen in a quiet restaurant, so I think was just the staff checking in as they walked past. It soon settled into friendly, helpful service that was ideal.
We had a fantastic evening, and thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate. The atmosphere felt cool, and I’d happily eat there again, especially with the set menu being such a good deal.
We paid in full, and they didn’t know I was a blogger. Prices correct at the time of writing. All words, images and opinions are my own.