What better way to kick off a summer menu tasting than with a cocktail! ISHKA do great cocktails so if you’re visiting I encourage you to take a look.
I opted for this pink beauty – Middle Meadow Walk – Ketel One Vodka, Lemon Juice, Vanilla Gomme, Balsamic Reduction, ISHKA Strawberry & Basil Jam. As you can see they also have a good range of grown up soft drinks for you to enjoy too.
Asparagus & Chicken – this was an interesting starter of chargrilled asparagus with parmesan coated chicken, boiled egg and a lemon flaked almond dressing. It certainly ticked the summer box, it was a light dish with fresh flavours.
Celeriac Soup, Handcrafted Bread, Tomato Butter – a warm soup might not be your first choice in summer but I would always be tempted by celeriac soup, no matter what the season. I make it often at home and this was a good example – full of flavour and served with homemade bread which finished it off nicely.
Lamb Rump – my friend ordered the lamb rump which was served beautifully pink alongside pearl barley in a button mushroom cream broth. It seemed like a wintery garnish but tasted great so we weren’t too bothered.
Pork – I had the apricot and thyme stuffed pork loin, it was a pleasant dish but possibly a bit forgettable if I’m honest. The components were cooked nicely but again it felt a bit autumnal and I think it needed a bigger smack of flavour from somewhere.
Chocolate & Cherry – you can’t really go wrong when you put chocolate and cherry together and add some fresh strawberries. This was a dessert that managed to be summery and indulgent all at once!
Elderflower & Raspberry – I love elderflower so this is a winning combination for me, unfortunately the macaron element of the dish was a little hard. The other elements of the dish were nice but I’m not sure it really came together as a complete dish.
Overall it was a nice meal albeit with a few minor niggles. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was really good as always.