It feels like absolutely ages since I last wrote one of these posts (in fact, it was the middle of October last year when I ate at The Go Down!), so I thought it was about time I got another ‘places to eat in York‘ post written up.
Today’s restaurant review is all about the relatively new establishment that is The Cut and Craft. Matt and I very kindly received vouchers to eat there from Matt’s dad and stepmum for Christmas and while we were going to wait for a special occasion to try it out, after taking one look at the menu, we couldn’t resist any longer and headed there last Saturday night.
If you’re looking for a new place to eat in York (and somewhere that’s made its way on to my list of favourite restaurants in York…) then stick around for the review below! Just beware that the food pictures from The Cut and Craft are sure to get your tummy rumbling!
The Cut and Craft York
A couple of days before we headed to The Cut and Craft, we checked online to see if we could book a table. Unfortunately, The Cut and Craft have adopted a policy whereby you can’t book a table beforehand; you simply turn up when you want to eat there.
As it was a Saturday night when we visited, we were anticipating a queue and a waiting time, and we were correct. We had to wait 45 minutes for a table which would have been very frustrating had we not known that this was the policy beforehand. However, the lovely staff at The Cut and Craft took our phone number and called us back to the restaurant once our table was ready.
Our bellies well and truly rumbling by now; we were blown away by the spectacular decor and ambience inside the restaurant. It resembled something more like a nightclub than an eatery (don’t be put off by this fact however, there were plenty of diners of all ages!).
The elegant decor, complete with Einstein bulbs, plush seating and a giant circular bar in the middle of the room made the whole atmosphere feel electric. We were escorted to our table and were presented with luxury menus.
Being the food aficionados that we are, Matt and I had already scanned the menu online before even arriving so we had a pretty good idea of what we planned to eat!
By this stage, we were well and truly ravenous so we opted for not one, but two starters.
Our first choice was the honey glazed pork belly with a mango and watermelon salad. Both Matt and I are huge fans of pork belly and it’s safe to say that we weren’t disappointed with this wonderful creation from The Cut and Craft.
The pork belly was succulent and fatty (in a good way!) with a crisp exterior. The salad wasn’t exactly to my liking but Matt seemed to enjoy it regardless! One qualm I had about the pork belly starter was the fact that there were only three pieces of pork, which didn’t seem to be quite enough, especially if you were planning to share it…
However, the flavours more than made up for it and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again; I would just suggest ordering one dish each!
Our second starter of choice was the salt and pepper calamari, which you’ll know if you’ve been a long-time reader of my blog, is one of my all-time favourite starters to order wherever I’m eating!
This particular dish of salt and pepper calamari from The Cut and Craft certainly didn’t disappoint and I think I’d even go as far as to say it’s some of the best I’ve ever had! Unlike the pork belly, the calamari dish was in plentiful supply, with around a dozen little pieces on a bed of ~salad~ accompanied by a delicious offering of garlic aioli.
The calamari itself was soft and tender; perfectly white inside with a crisp and crunchy batter. The garlic aioli was the perfect accompaniment and while the pork belly was indeed delicious, I have to say the calamari was the winner of the two starters for me.
For our main course, there was only one thing we knew we wanted to order; the signature steak from The Cut and Craft: the 10oz Flat Iron steak.
For just £10 each, this steak comes served with a hearty helping of rocket salad, a pinch of salt and is best cooked medium rare.
We also ordered a side of triple cooked chips as well as a pot of peppercorn sauce each. I can honestly say that the peppercorn sauce was without a doubt the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve eaten a lot in my time!).
It wasn’t like your typical peppercorn; it was thick and ~saucy~ without all the crap that’s usually swimming about in the sauce. What made it better was the fact that it was so incredibly flavoursome but it didn’t coat the steaks in little peppercorns like most others do. If it were feasible and not at all strange, I could have probably just drank it straight from the pot…!
The Flat Iron steaks themselves were also absolutely heavenly. Not a trace of fat on them, cooked to perfection and full of flavour, especially when combined with a sprinkle of salt and a dash of peppercorn sauce.
I was also a huge fan of the triple cooked chips; something which surprised me somewhat as usually I much prefer skinny fries but the chips were light and fluffy inside, with a perfect crisp to them.
The Cut and Craft also offer a vast selection of other divine looking dishes including other cuts of steak, BBQ chicken wings as well as various burgers and fish and chips. However, if you’re heading to The Cut and Craft, I wouldn’t hesitate to urge you to order the Flat Iron steak.
Matt and I aren’t always ones to go for a dessert; nearly always opting for a starter rather than a dessert when we go out to eat. But as this was a sort of special occasion and we had a voucher to use, we thought it would be rude not to indulge ourselves…
We opted for the warm, rich chocolate brownie with ice cream to share and it was definitely the right choice as it was absolutely bloody delightful.
The brownie was warm and incredibly decadent and the vanilla ice cream made for the perfect luxury partner. Finished off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce; it was certainly the recipe for opulent success.
Writing this review really has got my tummy rumbling (especially as I haven’t had lunch yet!). I really hope that we get to head back to The Cut and Craft before we head off on our travels because I’m not sure that I can go for an indefinite period of time without sampling the steak and peppercorn sauce again!
Have you tried out The Cut and Craft York restaurant yet? Is it somewhere that you’d like to go? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.