The Chef’s Table in Chester is my favourite local restaurant & has been for some time. The best way I can describe it is it delivers fine dining in a comfortable & relaxed environment.
The Chef’s Table is co owned by Chef Liam Mackay & Tom Hughes. Liam Mackay has worked in many local prestigious establishments including The Chester Grosvenor but the thing about The Chef’s Table is that it is unpretentious. They display their awards (of which there are many) with pride & they shout loudly about the quality of their local producers but they are quite reticent about themselves. I love that about this restaurant.
Hubs & I love food. We love to eat out. We don’t love that feeling some fine dining places give you, that you shouldn’t be in there. That somehow, you have snuck in via the tradesman’s entrance & are about to be found out!
The Chef’s table is all about the food. It is a fairly small restaurant (I am guessing around 24 covers) with an open kitchen. Quite how those guys work so quietly I do not know!
The front of house staff are friendly & attentive without being intrusive or false.
Internally, the restaurant is ‘comfortable modern’ (is that a thing?) with a nod to local artists as they display various different art works & prints which change from time to time.
This is probably the 4th or 5th (I can’t remember) time I have eaten at the restaurant since it opened in 2014. I noticed on social media that they had a new menu out so that seemed a damn good reason to book a table.
As The Chef’s Table is all about the food, let’s talk about the food. I am no food connoisseur so don’t expect a run down of all the technical foodie stuff!!
Mr N decided he wanted the bread as an appetiser but I didn’t want to ruin my appetite so I suggested ordering the marinated olives. We opted for both!
Then they brought a platter of 4 slices of flavoured artisan bread slices served with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Faced with that, what is a girl supposed to do??!! So I ate them!
I think I picked my starter as soon as I read the new menu online! Roast Carrot & Coconut Soup with lime, burnt coconut, coconut cream, passionfruit & coriander. It sounded so delicious & it was.
Carrot soup I find can sometimes be overpowering but this soup was far from that. The mix of the flavours was amazing & the little crunch from the ‘burnt coconut” with the creaminess of the coconut cream, a delight.
Mr N had the blackened spiced Quail starter which, looked amazing. A rainbow of colours on a plate. You will have to take my word for it as I totally mucked up the photo!!!
For my main, I chose roasted Welsh lamb loin served with a lamb faggot & a host of brightly coloured veg!
Mr N had Miso & Maple Pork Belly which was interestingly served with king prawn amongst other delicious things! (Can you see Mr N’s hands on his hips?! Ha ha ha!)
My only regret is that, again, I was unable to squeeze in a pudding – dammit!!! I am just going to have to re-book & this time go for a main & pudding instead!
Another huge bonus about The Chef’s Table is that it is affordable. At lunchtime, you can have 2 courses for £18, 3 courses for £22.
If you are visiting Chester or you live locally & you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a lunch or evening meal you will not forget, The Chef’s Table is the place for you.