Going out for food with Matt is without a doubt one of my favourite couple activities – (that, and going on holiday obvs).
With us currently saving for our trip around the world, we’re trying to cut back significantly on the things we spend money on. However, it’s still incredibly important to us that we dedicate a night at least once a month for date night.
For our date night last Friday, we headed to The Go Down restaurant in York which is somewhere I’ve wanted to try for absolutely ages now. It certainly didn’t disappoint and we were so thrilled with the whole experience!
Here’s a detailed review of our date night at The Go Down restaurant.
I booked our table through OpenTable (not sponsored FYI, I just bloody love how easy it is to use!) at 6pm on Friday evening so we could head there as soon as I finished work.
As the name of the restaurant suggests, The Go Down restaurant is hidden away on Clifford Street, with a number of stairs taking you to the spacious eatery. The restaurant was clean, open and had a great ambiance which made it an idyllic place for a romantic date night. The one complaint I had about the restaurant was that it was stifling hot; I think they were possibly over-compensating due to the chilly temperatures outside!
We were served by a number of credible waiters and waitresses throughout the night, who were more than happy to talk us through the menus and the specials as well as their own personal recommendations.
The Go Down restaurant has a number of different menus to choose from, including the fixed price menu, the A La Carte menu and the seasonal menu. Having researched the menu online before (you know what I’m like with food!) we decided to take a look at the fixed price menu.
I would definitely recommend going for the fixed price menu if you’re ever visiting The Go Down restaurant as you really do get incredible value for money. Prices include £14.50 for one course, £16.50 for two courses and £19.50 for three courses.
The variety of food on the fixed price menu was absolutely amazing too; from steak to mussels to cod, as well as a great selection of vegetarian dishes. The starters and desserts were also wonderful and I really struggled to pick just one thing from each course that I wanted to try!
Once we’d ordered and we’d toasted the evening with a bottle of prosecco, we were greeted with a complimentary loaf of fresh, warm bread served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The bread was honestly some of the very best I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant; it was remarkably soft and warm, with a delicious crispy exterior that complimented the balsamic vinegar and olive oil perfectly.
As much as Matt and I both wanted to try pretty much everything from the menu, we knew that our eyes would inevitably be bigger than our bellies so we both decided to go for two courses each, and we shared both the starter and dessert with a main course for each of us.
For starter, we ordered the crispy calamari with lemon-curried mayonnaise. Matt had gone off calamari for a little while, after having a disagreement with it on our holiday to Mallorca last year, but he was finally feeling brave enough to tackle it again.
And I’m so glad he did!
The batter was light and crispy, and the squid itself was so flavoursome and cooked to absolute perfection. I was also impressed to see the calamari in the shape of onion rings; I thought that was a really unique touch. The lemon mayonnaise was the perfect accompaniment to the dish, and the fresh serving of side salad was a welcome colourful addition to the dish.
I would definitely eat this starter again if (and when) I go back to The Go Down restaurant. I’m a huge fan of calamari anyway, but I definitely think The Go Down’s offering was one of the best I’ve had in a long time.
I’m sure if you’ve read any of my food posts before, you’ll know that I nearly always opt for steak whenever I go out for a special occasion. My dining experience at The Go Down restaurant was no different; Matt and I both opted for a steak.
Matt went for the 6oz fillet steak (which was an extra £5 on top of the fixed price of the two courses). He opted for a side of homemade chips and a generous helping of peppercorn sauce. His steak was absolutely divine; it was such a delicious cut of meat. Tender, juicy and cooked to his liking (medium rare). The chips were crispy on the outside but had a wonderfully light interior and he absolutely loved the peppercorn sauce.
Matt’s not the biggest fan of mushrooms or tomato but even he could appreciate the beautiful presentation of the dish.
I went for a steak too, but I opted for the 6oz rump instead, which came with a side of french fries, mushrooms and a beautifully presented tomato. I also chose a side of peppercorn sauce which is usually my absolute favourite thing to eat with a steak but I was actually a little disappointed by it. Matt thought it was perfectly fine, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations and it really wasn’t the best I’d ever had.
The steak however, was absolutely exquisite. I asked for it rare, and while it could have been even rarer (yes – I’m weird) it still tasted divine. For a rump steak, it didn’t have a trace of fat on it and the juices that were coming from it were full of immense flavour. The french fries made the perfect accompaniment to the meal and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to order a steak again from The Go Down restaurant.
Matt’s not really a dessert person at all but he was really tempted to try the lemon tart served with a fresh scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The bubbles from the prosecco had started to go to my head at this point and while I thought the lemon tart was incredibly delicious, it did lack a certain hint of lemon. The crumb was incredibly fine and very melt-in-your-mouth, but the tart itself was missing out on a strong sense of lemon; it was so yummy, but I do feel that it could have been just a touch more zesty.
The ice cream was the perfect addition to the dessert and it paired perfectly with the lemon tart. While you could definitely eat one to yourself, I did much prefer sharing both the starter and the dessert so that we both got to try a bit of everything.
Our time at The Go Down restaurant in York was a truly wonderful experience. The food was incredible, the staff were so lovely and attentive and I got to spend a gorgeous evening with this wonderful man. I think it’s made its way on to my list of favourite places to eat in York and I already can’t wait to head back for another visit soon!
Have you ever eaten at The Go Down restaurant in York? Let me know if you ever visit it or if you need any other York recommendations in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.