Every now and again, I love to catch up with some of my blogger friends over a sit down dinner. Fine dining, elegant wine and great conversation isn’t too much to ask for and when I’m back on terra firma, a much needed catch up is definitely appreciated. It’s so difficult to get us all together especially when I’m spending the majority of my time out of the UK. 39 Steps Restaurant in Wilmslow was our latest venue and with Steph, Sal, Holly, Clema, Joana, Anna and Nina, an evening filled with giggles and gossip and some beautiful food, I couldn’t have asked for more. 39 Steps Restaurant is based in Styal, Wilmslow and only ten minutes drive from Manchester Airport. The menu offers a fine dining experience and mixes traditional British cuisine with a hint of the Mediterranean. The girls and I opted for the three course mid week dinner menu, a steal at just £19.50.
39 Steps has an extensive 150 bin wine list, with the French wines playing heavily on the menu. I love a good French red however an Argentinian Malbec was the choice of the evening, which also went perfectly with the red meat I was having. The dinner menu had four choices for each course and I do suffer with a little bit of food envy so I kept asking the girls what they were having before I made my decision for the starter. I did end up choosing meat based dishes for both courses, and in hindsight I don’t think I would have chosen differently. Whilst waiting for our starters, we were tempted with potted salmon and caviar topped cucumber amuse bouche. They were fresh and light, and offered an insight into the chefs artistry.
I ordered the Confit leg of Goosnargh duck with micro herbs and an orange vinaigrette. I do love the game meats and I don’t often get chance to eat them except maybe in a pâté. The duck was cooked to perfection and was meaty with a strong flavour. The combination of the duck and the orange vinaigrette was sensational and set my taste buds alight. Since we visited the menu has changed and the duck is a main dish rather than a starter so I will be definitely be heading back for a larger portion.
As soon as I saw the lamb on the menu, there was no debate into what I would be ordering. Lamb is my absolute favourite meat and it has to be perfectly pink and melt in the mouth tender. The roast rump of Cheshire lamb was served on a bed of champ mash with olive and red wine sauce. The mash potato was buttery and smooth and packed full of chopped scallions whilst the olive and red wine sauce complimented the flavours. I adore olives and red wine individually but this was the first time I had experienced the flavours combined within a sauce. The tartness of the olives is softened with the boldness of the red wine, giving a true Mediterranean flavour.
For dessert I needed something light and fresh after the intense flavours from my main course. I opted for poached pear with a chocolate sorbet and peanut brittle. I often overlook pears as a dessert but it stood out to me especially with the peanut brittle on the side. I am a peanut obsessive! The flavours of the pear were in abundance, whilst the coldness of the chocolate sorbet played a merry dance on my tongue. The peanut brittle was exceptionally moreish and I may try and recreate a recipe at home. It was actually that good that the girls wanted to try the peanut brittle on the side of their rice pudding.
We all decided to skip the coffees at the end of the meal as we were all flagging with tiredness after filling up on food, wine and conversation, but to finish of the evening we were presented with petit fours; handmade fudge bites and turkish delight. I think the fact that we left the majority of these sweet treats showed just how full we were from a delicious meal as I for one never leave sweets untouched.
I believe the mid week dinner menu changes on a monthly basis and the menu for June looks very good indeed. I am hoping I get a few days off in the UK so I can take my Mum for a great meal. A vegetarian menu is available on request and if three courses is too much for you, two courses are available for £17.50.
Thank you to Steph for suggesting 39 Steps Restaurant in Wilmslow for our venue for our girls night and I look forward to our next catch up.
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