Windows On New Walk- Review!
The city of Leicester used to have an enviable reputation for fine dining but over the years the number of bustling independent bistro’s and stylish restaurants has diminished.
With only a handful of high quality, independently owned eateries remaining, it was with great interest and hope then that we received our invitation to sample The Belmont Hotel’s new restaurant.
Windows on New Walk dining room aims to offer Leicester diners the opportunity to experience luxurious and indulgent food in stylish surroundings, complemented by fabulous service.
Choosing to dine early in the week did mean we were able to experience the restaurants newly refurbished interior without the hustle and bustle of a weekend’s service. The relative quietness, however, did not diminish the dining rooms ambiance and we were soon enveloped within an interior that makes use of a cosseting palette of soft browns, fauns and clarets. Classical references and fittings are set against contemporary detailing, such as the striped chairs and elegant glassware to create a stylish, unstuffy and smart environment. Importantly for an establishment offering a premium menu, it feels special without being pretentious.
A quick ‘check in’ on social media led to a flurry of recommendations and comments, The Belmont’s new restaurant is already finding favour it would seem. Seated at our table we were talked through a very extensive wine list, the high levels of customer service and extensive training given to the staff was evident; our waiter offered expert opinion and advice. We were impressed and opted for an Australian Pitch Fork Shiraz which offered up delicious flavours of spiced fruits.
We started our meal with a Carrot & Courgette Canneloni, stuffed with ricotta and pine nuts and served with a bloody mary sorbet. The cannelloni was wonderfully fresh tasting with the accompanying sorbet offering up a good dose of spice. So much so that more wine was ordered before the mains- terrible behaviour on a week night!
A creature of habit, the offer of steak on the menu meant my choice of main was straight forward; a 6oz five week aged West Country Angus filet served with slow roast tomatoes, watercress and brick like chips. Cooked medium to well, the knife sliced through the hunk of beef and the accompanying peppercorn sauce was mopped up with steak and chips. My dining partner, having the more sophisticated palette, opted for Sea Bass with potatoes a la Grecque, pimento and fine beans. Perfectly seasoned, the accompanying jus and creamy potatoes were spot on.
A short break was needed before desert and gave us a chance to share pictures of our meals to hungry and envious Twitter followers who, upon seeing desert, promptly stop following us in green eyed food rage. Millionaires Shortbread Cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream used up my calorie count for the year and was wondrously rich whilst my partners choice of Orange Muscat soaked ginger cake, pear compote tuile with maple and walnut ice cream has gone down in pudding history.
At around £35 per head for dinner plus wine, Windows on the Walk, at The Belmont Hotel, offers diners good value for money when taking into account the quality of the produce, creativity of the menu and standard of service. A definite recommendation, welcome addition to the city’s dining experience and hopefully a sign of new faith in Leicester’s restaurant scene.
Windows on New Walk is at The Belmont Hotel, De Montfort Street. Leicester, LE1 7GR.
To make a reservation call 0116 254 4773 www.belmonthotel.co.uk.