La Cachette! (Take Two)

Another La Cachette post coming at you today, can you tell it’s one of my favourite places for food. Let’s get straight into the starter and I had smoked salmon with a crab risotto ball and an orange sauce. This is one of the best starters I’ve ever had, and I know that’s a bold statement but it was simply delicious. The salmon was soft and melted in the mouth and was full of flavour. The orange sauce complemented everything beautifully and was sweet but had a little bit of tang. The star of the dish however was the crab risotto ball. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, it was full of crab flavour and melted in the mouth. One was just enough but I could’ve eaten a bowl of just these. The portion size was perfect and I’d have to say it was an all round perfect starter!

Being the boring so and so that I am, I went for exactly the same main that I had last time. I can’t help it, beef wellington just sucks me in! If you want to see my thoughts on this dish then I wrote about it in my last La Cachette post here.

I’ve always wanted to have a proper tarte tatin so I jumped at the chance when I saw it on the menu. The extra 15 minutes cooking time was definitely worth the wait and it was super delicious. The apples were soft and sweet and the pastry was thin and crispy yet soft and sticky. The creme freche sorbet went well with the rest of the dish, sweet but light. So my dream was fulfilled and an overall success!

Theatre Meal!

Last week I went home on a short little two day trip because me and my family were going to see Barnum at the Alhambra theatre in Bradford! If you don’t know what Barnum is it’s a show about a circus, I’m not very good at describing things but trust me it was really good! Before we went to see the show we visited 1914, the restaurant in the theatre, and it was amazing! The food was so good I can’t even describe how good, but I’ll try.

For starter I had smoked salmon mousse which was really nice. The top was actual smoked salmon and the underneath was a mixture of smoked salmon, mustard and creme freshe. I wish that I had kept some bread back because it would have been nice with some bread but it was still good mixed with the rocket underneath. There was just the right amount and it nicely set me up for my main meal.

For my main meal I had pork with red cabbage, cider mash and a cheeky side of cauliflower cheese. The pork was beautiful, it was soft and melted in the mouth underneath but the top was crispy and tasty, the perfect combination. The mashed potato was buttery and smooth and went really well with the sweet cabbage which was crunchy and tasty. The cauliflower cheese was amazing! Possibly one of the best I’ve ever had, and I do like my cauliflower cheese. This is up there with one of the best meals I’ve ever had, bold statements.

Dessert was treacle tart. I think when it comes down it could be one of my favourite desserts and this is the best treacle tart I’ve ever had. It came with clotted cream, which I am in love with, and had a really nice ginger flavour and was buttery and sweet and amazing! The pastry was thin and crispy and the filling was aaaahhhh. That’s all I have to say.

I’m really hoping that something exciting comes back to the theatre so that we have an excuse to go again, fingers crossed!

The Food Awards!

As with the cruise ports it’s time to reflect on the best meals of the holiday! I’ll choose a best starter, best main and best dessert, then the best overall meal, Let’s go!
Best Starter:
Without a doubt the Beer Battered Cod Fingers. They were so good that, to not sound too weird, sometimes I can still taste the curried tartare sauce, it was just that good!
Best Main:
Although the Seafood Spaghetti scored higher, the Salmon En Croute was a lot more memorable and had some really delicious aspects. Anything with pastry is a winner with me and everything else was just a cherry on top.
Best Dessert:
Three words, White Chocolate Cheesecake. It was so insanely good that I just want to relive the experience everyday for the rest of my life. 
Best Overall Meal:
This was a hard one to choose as there good points and bad points about all of them but I finally settled on the meal I had on Day Eleven. It was the Beer Battered Cod Fingers, Beef Wellington and the Coffee Mousse. There was a mixture of fish and meat and the dessert drew everything together , it was very nice indeed.
I’m going to miss looking back on all of the food I ate on my holiday because it reminds me what I ate and maybe what I liked enough to have again in the future. Bring on the next holiday so I can do this again!

Food Day Eight

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Starter-Slow Roasted Salmon
The flavours of this meal were beautiful and everything went really well together. It came with both cooked ‘normal’ salmon, as the name would suggest, and smoked salmon, which I love so that was a great surprise! The cooked salmon was perfectly cooked and came with a peppercorn topping which was beautifully tasty. Finishing it off was a hot horseradish cream which was really nice but just a little bit hot for me.
8/10
Main-New York Strip Steak
Much like the Manhattan strip steak it was cooked very nicely medium rare but a little chewy. The accoutrements were chips spinach and mushrooms which were really yummy and this is normally what I like when I have steak. The sauce was BBQ mustard which I wasn’t looking forward to when I saw it on the menu as I don’t really like BBQ flavours but I was pleasantly surprised. The only thing that let it down was that the steak was a little chewy but I preferred this steak to the Manhattan one.
7/10
Dessert-Orange Mousse
This dessert was actually really nice for a simple mousse. The texture was nice and creamy, slightly cheescakey, and the flavour was full of orange. There was a little raspberry garnish of the side which was tasty and sweet, a nice contrast to the orange.
8/10

This meal was a good little all rounder, consistently good with a few stand out elements, so I think it deserves a 8/10.


Food Day Six

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Starter-House Pate
Pate is one of my favourite things in this world as this one was yummy. The pate had lumps in which wasn’t bad but I do prefer it smooth. It came with a little piece of toasted brioche which was really nice but I could of done with another piece to use up all of the pate.
7/10
Main-Atlantic Salmon En Croute
This was really delicious. The salmon was cooked nicely, although it was a little dry in places, and there was the perfect amount of pastry. The sauce was gorgeous and there was a nice amount. The only thing that let the dish down were the potatoes which was a shame because dup until now most of the potatoes have been really nice and soft.
8/10
Dessert-Wimbledon (Strawberries, Champagne Jelly and Lime Cheesecake)
The reason why I went for this dessert was purely for the cheesecake after yesterdays amazingness. It was nice, tasty and the cheesecake topping was good but a little more of a mousy texture than yesterday. The champagne jelly was okay and so were the strawberries. It didn’t come as expected as it was more of a trifle but it was very nice.
8/10
I really enjoyed this meal as everything was really nice. I think that this meal was an 8/10.