I'd heard really good things about this restaurant, so decided to try it for a meal with my husband. Even before I got here I had a good impression as the staff had been so helpful and friendly with my email booking and I was already impressed with the customer service.
As it was the night after valentines day the restaurant wasn't too busy, but there was a lovely chilled out atmosphere. The decor is very simple with good lighting... Calm. The staff there are lovely, all quite young, but so friendly, and overall the service was unfaultable.
The menu is very simple, with few choices but I could have eaten any one of them (which is unusual). I had the scotch egg. Which was a soft egg surrounded by smoked haddock and breadcrumbs, which came with leeks and bacon in a creamy sauce. It was divine, really light and tasted amazing. My husband had a goats cheese, fennel and beet root salad, which was also very nice. For mains I had slow cooked beef with horseradish mash and broccoli which was just so tender and tasty. Better than a steak really. My husband had lemon sole with olive mash which was delicious. What was so nice about the food was that it wasn't made up of a million ingredients or really strong sauces, there were just really good fresh ingredients, and you could taste every one. In fact this seemed to be what the food was really all about... Taste. When you eat there you realise just how little you actually enjoy the taste of foods, as some are just overwhelmed by one ingredient. The chef here is very talented and his locally sourced produce really is excellent. (And its great to know where food comes from nowadays). Next to the pudding. Again relatively simple, but very cleverly put together. I had Chocolate millionaires shortbread.... A chocolate tube filled. With delicious chocolate filling, sitting on crumbled shortbread and mandarin sauce dots. It tasted amazing, and was so clever, but again the flavours were so good together, and yet so simple. My husband had poached pear with Yorkshire parkin, and enjoyed that too.
The meal wasn't too expensive either, costing about £55 for three courses each with wine, and a soft drink.
We enjoyed the food, ambiance and whole experience so much we have booked to go back with a group of friends in March. I really recommend you try Iris, it's lovely to have a restaurant like this in Wakefield, with such a talented chef, and eye for customer service.
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