We have seen (and heard so much about) The Blue Bicycle on our very first day in York, and have been meaning to try it ever since.
Located just a little way into Walmgate, it boasts such a welcoming, homely exterior. (And they give out free postcards at the counter too!)
Daryl’s artistic shot (:
Complimentary starter. Bread with garlic clove & butter.
Really liked how the starter was so “hands-on”, from scooping up the garlic to tearing the warm bread apart with your hands. The bread was soft and fluffy and went beautifully with the garlic which was infused in garlic/olive oil.
Smoked Salmon, brown Crab & Spring Onion bon bon, Quail’s Egg sauce gribiche & smoked Paprika oil
Nat: Perhaps my favourite of the night. A really unique blend of flavours sealed in a deep fry. At it’s very least gribiche is essentially a cold dish made with mayonnaise and egg sauce. Our Quail’s egg gribiche was a nice balance to the bon bon, in terms of providing an alternative texture and flavour.
Yuen: While I really liked the dressing and the bacon/beetroot bits that accompanied the prawns, I frankly didn’t think that this starter was really worth it! There were five of us so we ended having about…half a prawn each. Still have to admit that the bacon bits were smoked really well though. We finished all of them (:
Nat: Probably one of those dishes that excites you with it’s gourmet presentation, and then setting high expectations for it’s taste. Nevertheless the prawns were juicy and the batter was nice and crisp, also the accompaniments complimented the dish well. A decent price for the working class but a little exorbitant for students.
Main course (Yuen): Char-grilled breast of grain-fed Chicken, pommes Anna, baked Black Pudding, shiitake Mushroom velouté (£17.75)
I found the main course much more satisying (: Some people don’t like chicken breast because they’re not so fond of its texture, but I thought that the meat was really tender and the flavours infused it well! Was curious to try black pudding because I’ve never really tasted it before, and though it might be slightly strong/pungent when eaten on its own the grainy texture and strong flavour went well when you taste it with the chicken. Being far from a connoisseur and having only mastered basic French I have to sheepishly admit that I thought ‘pommes Anna’ was like apples or something. Then I realised that it was actually a dish that consists of layered potatoes, cooked with butter (which was a pleasant surprise!) In addition to filling me up the pommes Anna had a really smooth and interesting texture due to the layers as well. Definitely beats boring old mash potatoes any day now.
Mae’s: Pan-seared fillet of Salmon, Beetroot fricassée, enoki Mushrooms & a warm Potato & Horseradish salad
Nat: Loved the presentation of this one, thought it semi looked like the salmon was floating atop a cloud of vegetables. Taste wise the salmon was seared beautifully, and the bed of vegetables balances out the huge portion of protein. Keeping the flavours refreshing.
Main course (Aaron): Char-grilled Yorkshire Sirloin Steak with Celeriac “rémoulade” purée, parmentier Potatoes, glazed chantenay Carrots & Black Truffle Butter (£21.75)
Yuen: Managed to steal a bite of Aaron’s sirloin steak, which was medium rare if I am not wrong! Succulent meat, not too tough, not too soft, infused with enough flavour (:
Nat: Got to try a little of this dish and found it cooked nicely, the beef was tender and seemed to seal in the marinated flavours well. According to Aaron he felt that the dish did not shine through as much as he would’ve expected it, but nevertheless it was a good steak.
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