The Larder on Goosegate – British – Nottingham
The Larder on Goosegate is somewhere I often recommend after several good experiences over the last few years, I just somehow haven’t visited it for the blog. One thing I particularly mention them for is steak. There aren’t too many locations to find a good one in Nottingham in my opinion, a visit to Soulville was a memorable disappointment. I wanted to check out whether The Larder was still top of the tree and I’d been pointing people in the right direction.
Famously the space in which the restaurant resides in Hockley is the former home of Boots the Chemist. Its a little odd to get to as you hop up a few steps alongside the entrance to peoples flats. When you do enter the dining space its a lovely, light room that’s principally decked out in accents of wood. The menu is a modern British affair that alters on a monthly basis, though steaks are always available.
As a starter an ox tongue number appealed as something a little different. Presentation was certainly pretty, the parsley dressing and quails eggs contrasting in colour. I can’t say that the flavours were as vivid, a handful of nice items but I wasn’t convinced it was a cohesive plate of food. I was probably also preoccupied thinking about my steak.
The cuts of beef you can choose from aren’t the traditional, sirloin et al. Instead are the options that you have are; Hangar, Flat Iron and Picanha . I’ve always picked the latter, a popular cut in South America where they love their beef. 9oz of this will set up back £21. Admittedly for this price you get a handful of pretty good, chunky chips and some token salad. I’ll be direct. The meat itself failed to live up to the levels of my own recommendation. I had ordered it medium rare but what was delivered was medium an average. The flavour of the meat could not be argued with however part of the steak was tough. Disappointing, particularly at this price point.
A chocolate mousse dessert look the fancy, I could have eaten most of the options though! Here presentation left a little to be desired. It looked like something I’d be pleased to serve at dinner party but hardly in a restaurant. The rich, silky, chocolate was certainly enjoyable and worked well with the few fruits and cherry sorbet. If I had to critique, and that’s sort of the point here, the technique for the sorbet was a little off as the texture was quite firm and grainy.
My fond memories of The Larder on Goosegate weren’t quite emulated on this visit. Even had it not had this nostalgia to live up to I think I would have been disappointed. If you are in the steak business the execution has to be consistent and excellent. It is worth noting that my fellow diners had better main courses than mine and were more content with their evening. At the end of the day I am still likely to mention this restaurant when people ask for recommendations; I will just sound a note of caution when doing so.
Restaurant website: http://www.thelarderongoosegate.co.uk/