Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Le Cochon Aveugle, York.


We're sat in one of my favourite restaurants in Britain and me and Mrs Bacon are sharing stories with co-owner Vicky about how much Anthony Bordain meant to us. As huge fans for so many years we all feel like we knew him personally.  Of course we didn't but this is why his death has effected so many of us. We immersed ourselves in all of his books and TV shows so his became the most saddening of any 'celebrity' deaths. We're still not really over it. I still think of him often. We followed Bourdain to Spain to wherever he recommended, and I know Vicky and chef Josh travelled around Paris to where he ate.
It's no secret that we're huge fans of chef Josh's food and that I've been commissioned to photograph their restaurant a few times but we decided to return as punters for our wedding anniversary. After a quick drink at their sister bar, the wonderful Cave du Cochon, and finally deciding on our favoured wine with Vicky, we make a start on the taster menu as follows:
Crispy chicken skin, chicken liver parfait & pickled walnut ketchup.
Whitby crab & wasabi tart.
Ken Holland's carrots & goat's curd.
Boudin noir macaron. (Pictured below). This is as good as it looks.
L'Arpege egg. Just so lovely as ever.
Oyster flamboir a lard. Gorgeous.
Homemade sourdough, cultured butter, beurre noisette & sea salt. Embarrassingly, I possibly had three or four portions (servings not pieces) of this fabulous bread.
60 day-aged beef tartare, cauliflower & sauce tonnato.
Hand-dived Orkney scallop cooked 'a la ficellel in sea urchin butter. This is the finest scallop I've ever eaten. Even better than the one we had at Hedone in London. The quality of this product is seriously impressive.
Pollock cooked over coals, smoked butter, Yorkshire asparagus & confit lemon.
Fattened guinea fowl, 36 month-old Parmesan, wild garlic & Vin Jaune sauce.
'Guess' Elderflower panna cotta, frais de Bois, wild strawberry sorbet & vinegar granita. I'm afraid we failed in the taste test with this one, I blame the booze.
Pain d'Epices egg. A wonderful end to a supreme taster menu from chef Josh.
Le Cochon Aveugle is a seriously good restaurant with wonderful food and fine service from Vicky and the team. They deserve all the accolades they get.
I'm sure Anthony Bordain would have loved it here and at Cave. There's not much more of a recommendation I can give than that.