Not long ago, I was invited back to The Mansion at Roundhay by Dine. They are definitely good with food and with my last visit being a night to remember, I was certainly looking forward to trying some new things. This time, dine wanted us to try their new menus and try and had us guess what a few of the items in the courses were. I’ll share the menus for this post, but it was fun trying to see how good I was at guessing what was flavouring a certain part of the meal (turns out, pretty terrible). The room was beautifully decorated with displays from Twisted Willow, including table aubergines. Which clearly are the key to a good Autumn meal right!? Anyway, onto the food.
There was a fun selection of canapés to start off our evening, presented in true Dine style, fabulously. I have to say, I hate anything with mushroom in and I ate at least 3 of the Wild Mushroom Arancini. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything mushroomy in my life that I’ve enjoyed that much! The goat’s cheese canapé looked lovely and wasn’t too bad, though I think it’s a little harder to change my mind about goats cheese over mushrooms, I still ate two… I get hungry.
Now, the beef was absolutely heavenly, it was just-cooked to absolute perfection, and the pistachios weren’t overpowering or too nutty – I wish I could replicate it at home!
The starter was a selection of items that I wouldn’t have put together myself. The wine was paired perfectly with the seafood, must mention it, good wine is always a bonus! I’d say for this starter, it’s not a dish for those who don’t like strong flavours, though I thought overall it worked together. I’m not a huge seafood lover, but I don’t mind it so I was excited to try. I have to say the cracker was up there – not too squid-y you can’t my drift. Pun intended. But seriously, it was something totally different. The seaweed was delicious, the oyster and scallop went down quickly and the monkfish was beautifully light. I wasn’t bowled over with the cauliflower puree, I wasn’t sure the texture worked well for me, but other than that, it was incredibly tasty.
Now the red wine paired with the main is also worth a huge shout out. It was quite soft for want of a better word but again went well with the course. For me, the chateau potatoes were a little too aromatic and earthy, maybe it was the saffron. But oh my, oh my, the crispy duck was excellent. If I’d had my own way, I’d have had a plate full of that! It overshadowed the rest of the duck, though I did also enjoy them. The beetroot fondant was a nice little quirk, beetroots not something I particularly go for – but I finished the lot so that says it’s all.
For dessert, the most important part, we tried a few things. Again I’ll mention the wine, a lovely dessert wine that was sweet, without being too sweet. I think some dessert wines can almost be a little syrupy, this was pretty good. The chocolate portion of the dessert was quite delicious, though the tart was a bit too rich for me! I thoroughly enjoyed the surrounding crumble, I could have had more! The creamsicle was a novel idea, and as an ice cream always is – a winner. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to try the exciting looking sorbets. They were all white, but each a different flavour!
Overall I appreciated the combination of flavours, the Dine team and Chefs I know work incredibly hard to put together meals that are a little different, and delicious. Thanks to Olivia Brabbs for the photos.