Lancaster’s Quite Simply French restaurant celebrated its 18th birthday by offering diners a gastronomic treat on Thursday.
The restaurant has been extensively refurbished and there was a delightful atmosphere with live music from Quay Change jazz band and excellent service.
Foodies were treated to a five-course taster menu with wine pairing for £50.
Executive chef Sebastien Woeffle, his business partner Rob Mason and their team created the mouth-watering menu accompanied by fine Italian wines from artisan family vineyards, Provino Wines.
The dining experience gave everyone a tantalising taste of what is regularly on offer at Quite Simply French.
The delicious appetiser consisted of roasted fig wrapped in smoked pancetta and sauteed artichoke on garlic crouton with Pecorino cheese. It was served with Brut Classico Pinot Nero – a fragrant wine with elegantly yeasty notes.
The mouth-watering starter was home-made porcini and chicken ravioli with a light tomato jus and fresh basil. It was served with Bonarda – a ruby-red and penetratingly fragrant wine.
The fish course was grilled wild sea bass with Jerusalem artichoke puree and salsa verde on a bed of heritage tomato – a treat for the taste-buds. It was served with fruity and fabulous Pinot Nero.
Our main course was venison saddle steak served with pink and red wine and blackcurrant sauce with sauteed salsify and wild mushrooms.
This delicious dish was served with Rui – a wine with an ample and persistent perfume.
Dessert was a dish of sublime caramelised pear tart tatin with almond pastry and mascarpone and vanilla ice cream. The rich and fragrant wine accompanying this dish was Brut Classico Rose.
Throughout the meal the staff members were extremely friendly and attentive. The inventive selection of dishes made us keen to return to try more of Sebastien’s gastronomic delicacies.
The relaunched restaurant was quite simply a resounding success.