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Monday, April 13, 2015

Food & Drink: Six course taster menu at The Black Swan, Helmsley

amuse bouche taster menu
beetroot goats curd taster menu

white and brown crab meat
ham hock with wild mushrooms

the gallery restaurant the black swan helmsley

gressingham duck, sweet potato and plum sauce

watermelon vokda sorbet
chocolate tart pistachio icecream

On the Saturday night of my stay at The Black Swan Hotel, we were treated to the six course taster menu at the gallery restaurant in the hotel.

Quoted as ideal for those "who simply can't choose what to order!" - which is perfect for me and Alex as we always some many dishes on a menu we'd love to try and like trying a little bit of everything. It meant we were able to experience a wide selection of dishes from the A la carte menu.

The six course tasting menu is usually priced at £55.00 per person, with the addition beverage pairing price at £30.00 per person. Within our review the tasting menu was included, however, we paid for our own drinks and decided to just have wine separately.

Below is how our taster menu followed through (in order of the photos too!)

We actually ended up having an eight course menu (whoops) as we both included a cheese board at the end, anybody else would have been full by this point, but no not us! & the surprise amuse bouche and watermelon vokda sorbet took us up to 8 dishes!

Amuse Bouche 
Beetroot Red/ Golden/ Candied/ Goats Curd/ Caraway Seeds/ Charcoal/ Soft Herbs
Crab Oyster/ Black Olive/ Yuzu/ Granny Smith Gazpacho
Ham Hock with Mushrooms, Jellied Mushroom, Fig 
Gressingham Duck Breast/ Sweet Potato/ Beetroot Collection/ Quince/ Peanut Brioche/ Plum Sauce
Watermelon Vokda Sorbet
Chocolate Tart 2015/Banana/Lime/Vanilla-Lime Sorbet
Selection of English and European Cheeses from our extensive Cheese Trolley

All the dishes were exquisite! 

It was a really fab experience, I'll admit about half the courses we probably both wouldn't have opted for during a normal sit down meal, so it was great to take ourselves out of our comfort zones and explore our taste buds and the complimentary flavours within each dish.

Our only regret is not having the beverage tasting menu alongside the taster menu, as we think this would have complimented the dishes even more. 

You can tell a lot of thought, research and experimentation has gone into creating these fine courses with a cosmopolitan twist

I tried crab for the first time, which was pleasantly surprising. 
I had both white and brown crab meat, which were both enjoyable and actually resembled the taste of chicken - I think I will definitely now be more open to trying a crab dish again.  

My favourite course was the Gressingham duck breast, duck is by far my favourite meat, tender and bursting with flavour, combined alongside sweet potato and plum sauce, it was such a sweet concoction, my mouth is watering just thinking about tasting it again. 

We were seating for dinner for over 3 hours, it was such a very different dining experience and definitely a night to remember. Plus our waitress for the evening was so pleasant and helpful, so I'd like to say thank you to Malika for her fine attention to detail and for looking after us. 

I would definitely recommend a tasting menu for a dining experience with a twist. 

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