This is going to be a ‘quickie’ write up as Jamie and I are feeling coldy rather than amorous! I’m not feeling at my most effusive, but I wanted to share what a great lunch we had over at Burnt Truffle in Heswall, the Wirral.
Burnt Truffle is small, understated, unpretentious and just classy. On offer today (sunday) was a two course menu for £18 or three courses for £22. For food so posh, that’s a bargain. We debated on how many and which courses to go for, and as the puddings looked especially tempting we went for main and pud.
I was delighted with my main – caramelised cauliflower and couscous, spiced shallot bhaji, manchego cheese and toasted almonds. It was beautifully presented and just a really unusual and winning combination of ingredients – the highlight being the gorgeous bhaji which was sprinkled artfully over the plate.
Jamie ordered chargrilled pork collar, caramelised pineapple, herb pearl barley, squash puree and hazelnuts and his dish was as impressive in flavour and appearance to mine. The pork was juicy and tender, the pineapple a lovely sharp contrast to the meat, with the pearl barley as a nice earthy background.
And then my favourite bit! Pudding time. I went for the obvious girly choice – hot chocolate pudding, popcorn ice-cream and toasted almonds. In honesty although it was really tasty, it was a bit too predictible in it’s flavours for me – it wasn’t much different to me eating Ben and Jerry’s chocolate brownie ice-cream at home – blunt and unsurprising in it’s chocolatey sweetness. I need to pick my puddings better in future!
Jamie’s dessert was far more unusual – tonka bean custard, fromage blanc, dark chocolate and hazelnuts. A good combination of different textures and flavours with the bitterness of the chocolate and the crunchiness of the nuts providing added interest.
We both really enjoyed our sunday lunch at Burnt Truffle – it’s great value for money as the food is high end, super tasty and beautifully executed. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the staff were all really pleasant and attentive and it’s just a cosy little place. It’s in a lovely part of the Wirral too and if we’d been feeling a little better we would have headed down to nearby West Kirby for a wander on the beach.