Can not recommend this place enough, lovely venue and grounds, staff were so friendly and just genuinely buzzing about their jobs, and I thought as a package it was great value. I even enjoyed the 3 hour drive, beats the M1!
Onion soup was an acidic and fresh tasty start, duck leg was a phenomenal texture, bread course was great and I wasn’t initially convinced about the burnt crust but it worked very well, mackerel for me was great quality and very clean, crab again for me was brilliant quality shellfish and a very clean dish intentionally to balance the menu no doubt- because at this point I was craving more sticky, salty food. The 3 wagyu courses were probably the tastiest of the meat- the burger was next level. The foie course broke up the meaty ones well and the paired drink was a great touch. Duck and black bean was probably my favourite course- so unique in flavour. A really stand out combination. Pork belly fat was so tender, and you can never go wrong with smoked eel. Loved the cawl dish and swede presentation. Chicken curry was another standout dish and varied the style of dishes well. Lager and lime was unusual but worked well after the curry.. lamb rib was flawless, on of my favourite of any cuts of meat when done right.. the actual lamb dish with mint could’ve been warmer for me, it was cool in the centre.. there’s an undeniable consistency of meat quality at Ynyshir, better than the vast majority of star restaurants I’ve been to. Chocolate course was tasty but the STP was outstanding. The soured vanilla ice cream was so good. For me the bramble course was all about the syrup as it was such a moreish sweetness against the porridge. Tiramisu was probably my favourite dessert, so flavoursome despite its refined presentation.
Overall Ynyshir was an exceptional dining experience and well worth the trip.. There were definitely some courses I preferred to others but to deliver 20 courses that were ALL very enjoyable is short of a miracle. It’s one of those few meals where in 10 years time I will still remember that duck and black bean, the wagyu burger, curry, tiramisu etc..
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