This is just about as down to earth as cities get in England, but there is plenty of class waiting on the streets of Liverpool. This place takes its quality very seriously and the roster of fine dining establishments mirrors that, producing forward-thinking gastronomic glory in venues that manage to bridge that all-important gap between elegance and individuality. These also happen to be the most expensive restaurants in town but then you need to pay the price for food this nice, yes indeed.
A quality restaurant befitting of the immense elegance of the Georgian Quarter in which it is located, The Art School Restaurant has taken pride of place at the top table of Liverpool restaurants since the big green door was opened in 2014. The building itself is worth a mention, an old Victorian beaut that was once a ‘Home for Destitute Children’, but the modern day focus is on fantastic food and fantastic food alone. There are three menus on offer, each of which provide traditional British cuisine with a stylish twist.
Does it get any more romantic than dining on the 34th floor of a tower with the city spread out in front of you? Throw in some delectable modern European cuisine and it isn’t difficult to see why Panoramic 34 is full most of the time. The view really is tremendous, but this place would get plaudits a plenty even if it were ground level. This is Liverpool’s most unique dining experience, not to mention its most romantic.
From the immensely talented mind and fingers of Anton Piotrowski comes Röski, a celebration of all that makes modern Britain great focused through a professional kitchen. You’d expect quality from a Masterchef winner and that’s what we get, with new takes on old classics filling the menu from starters to desserts. It isn’t cheap, but it is fantastic. Reservations are mandatory, so don’t just turn up expecting some grub.
Hardman Street is one of the most important streets for anyone looking for food and drink in Liverpool, and you won’t find many better options than Oktopus. This is tapas but not quite, social sharing plates of modern European cuisine that sing their way onto the tongue, accompanied by genre-defining craft beer and a wine list that was put together with the focus of a cynic. Fresh ingredients, fresh ideas, fresh interiors, Oktopus is seasonal dining at its finest.
Less is more at this Malmaison marvel, the time-honoured consistency of exposed brickwork and high ceilings coming together for that sheen that can’t be beat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and the rest are all catered for here, although we generally find ourselves heading here when the sun has long gone for a bit of fine dining in a truly classy environment. Give the chicken kiev a go, seriously, it will change the way you view chicken kiev.