The restaurant is housed in the architecturally stunning surroundings of the Royal Insurance Building which has been sympathetically restored, retaining the Stucco work, high ceilings and wood panelling which speak of the grandeur of the building. The open-plan, contemporary restaurant design ensures that NYL feels like a little corner of Manhattan in the heart of Liverpool.
The interior is stunning, with leather booths, striking lighting and a vast bar area. We were warmly welcomed by the General Manager Robin and whisked to a cosy booth, where we enjoyed fresh artisan bread with olive oil and balsamic as we sipped an excellent Merlot.
My starter of Leek and Potato soup, served with a mini tin loaf and homemade pickled onion butter was beautifully presented in a tureen. The soup itself was outstanding, hearty and rich with a perfect flavour and a slight peppery kick. The tin loaf was still warm and it went perfectly with the pickled onion butter which was undoubtedly one of the best butters I have ever tasted.
My dining companion chose a starter of Mozzarella Salad, marinated heirloom tomatoes, frisse lettuce, popcorn shoots, watercress pesto, balsamic reduction and olive oil. This Mediterranean style starter was fresh and light with lovely flavour profiles and a refreshing quality.
For the main course my dining companion ordered a 16oz Rump Steak which arrived perfectly cooked to his preference of medium rare and beautifully presented with braised shallots, confit tomato and a dressed salad. The steak was tender and juicy with a slight smoky flavour, complemented by the sweetness of the braised shallots and crisp salad.
I ordered the risotto of Mediterranean chicken, chorizo, piquante peppers and Manchego cheese. This dish was a work of art, beautifully presented in a tower with the rice in the centre, the sauce surrounding it and the chicken on top. This was a delight to eat, the chicken was tender, the rice was fluffy and the piquante pepper sauce elevated the flavours to the next level whilst the chorizo added depth.
We chose classic comfort foods as our side orders, firstly Macaroni and cheese which was superb, with plenty of sauce and an irresistible melted cheese topping which was slightly crispy. The triple cooked chips meanwhile were served in a generous portion and they were crunchy on the outside with a lovely golden colour which is how chips should always look in my opinion! Topped with a little coarse ground sea salt, they tasted just divine!
Before dessert, I enjoyed a limited edition Halloween cocktail which is currently available at NYL, called the Cherry Corpse. It was tasty and tropical with a hit of sweetness, and I think sipping a few of these would certainly be a fun way to celebrate Halloween!
The dessert menu read like a gazetteer of indulgence, and after intense negotiations we finally decided ! First we chose cookies and cream which was a deconstructed Oreo cheesecake, with a sumptuous white chocolate and vanilla mousse pot served alongside two Oreo cookies with a creamy filling. Fresh strawberries and a nut brittle crumb rounded off this sweet symphony, which was a decadence of both flavours and textures.
The second dessert of chilled chocolate fondant with pineapple and Sambuca sorbet and strawberry gel was equally sinful, I have never tried a chilled fondant before so this was a delight to experience. The chilled fondant was similar to a mousse, full of intense chocolate flavour and the Sambuca gel added a hit of aniseed which enhanced the experience whilst the strawberry and pineapple flavours brought this dessert to a sweet denouement.
We enjoyed every bite of this amazing meal, which was indulgent in every way and showed a real flair for menu development and innovative reinventions of some familiar dishes. The food and service at NYL were both excellent and the magnificent surroundings only add to the old-school glamour of an evening spent here. Thank you to NYL Restaurant for such a lovely evening!
NYL Restaurant and Bar
1 North John Street,
0151 294 4069
What do you all think, would you like to enjoy a delicious meal at NYL and which of these dishes would you like to try? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post!
Until next time,
I was kindly invited to experience NYL Restaurant, the meal was complimentary for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are my own and honest.