Chanced upon this gem of a restaurant serving modern European food with a Polish twist and decided to give it a try. I am so glad we did.
From the outside it was definitely seeming closed and therefore a lost cause on a Sunday. Fortunately, however, we were spot by the owner who explained they would be open soon. A little stroll through Doncaster’s centre gave us enough time to acquaint ourselves with the main streets and – bonus – work up more of appetite.
Foregoing our watching Novak Djokovic’s date with Nick Kyrgios on a sweltering Wimbledon Centre Court we opted to sit outside in the near corral in front of the restaurant.
We soon felt a new mood come upon us after a tough week and after scanning the menu found ourselves ordering cocktails: namely a Harvey Wallbanger for my companion and a Negroni for myself. Competitively priced they were excellent especially at 2pm on a Sunday.
Our ‘amuse bouche’ was fresh bread with a cured pork dripping – not for me – and Brie – just right for vegetarians everywhere . Delicious.
We shared a starter of Welsh goat’s cheese, accompanied by beetroot slices, mandarin segments and crushed hazelnuts in an inspired mix. Outstanding.
Our mains were: Gressingham Duck in a bison grass vodka jus for my co-conspirator and Farfalle pasta in a creamy spinach sauce for me. These were accompanied by a buttery mash with chopped dill for the duck and a mixed salad for both of us. It was delicious again. Surely, I can hear you say: there must be some negatives? No. Not one.
We were too full for puddings and lingered as we finished the house rose wine we ordered to keep the mood buoyant post cocktails.
This is exactly the kind of fine dining experience the Arts Council of England would enjoy before or after their visit to the soon to be ten years old Cast. In fact, if you tell the restaurant you have a ticket to a performance or screening at either Cast or the Savoy cinema you can enjoy a welcome and whopping 25% discount.
The focused, talented and dynamic team at City Restaurant are more than ready to welcome you.
We paid for a wonderful meal and enjoyed watching the world walk or skate by. Eventually, we ventured inside to check out the tables and surroundings. Elegantly furnished – as you’d expect – City Restaurant is awaiting your visit.
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