Lunch in York – Melton’s Too

So for Lunch we went to Meltons Too. This is a café/bistro, which is a sister restaurant to the original Meltons. I’d done my homework before we went so I knew which restaurants were in all the good food guides, so when we came across this bistro, I thought it would be a safe bet for lunch.

We opted for the ‘Express Lunch’ menu, which at £6.90 is an absolute steal. And I’m happy to say, the quality of the food really exceeded our expectations.

Kieran ordered:

Beef & Yorkshire Pudding with Horseradish Dressing & Watercress ‘Rare Breed Beef from Taste Tradition, Cold KirbyWatercress from Moorland Farm, Pickering’

The presentation was simple but stylish, and the beef could not have been more tender. Kieran commented how the horseradish cream perfectly cut through and complemented the richness of the gravy.

I ordered:

Smoked Fish Platter. Smoked Haddock Carpaccio, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackerel Paté

Oh hell yes. I’m not the hugest smoked salmon fan, but the smoked mackerel paté and the haddock carpaccio were absolutely beautiful. Served with a tomatoey relish, some slices of fried bread and some watercress. Delicate and perfect for a light lunch.

These dishes were both served with chips, which were absolutely perfect. Not too thick, crispy, well seasoned.

All in all, it was probably one of the best lunches I’ve had in a while. It was nice to see such an interesting and non-pedestrian menu. None of the usual options you’ll find on the lunch menus of modern british restaurants – ‘Fish and Chips with Pea Puree’ , or some kind of ‘Pot Pie’, that you’ve eaten a thousand times.

Check out the rest of the menu here to see what I mean. The service was also top notch. There was only one waitress upstairs and she was clearly very busy but showed no sign of that when she was at the table. She recommended dishes and was extremely cordial.

This is probably the best food and service combined I’ve got for this price – I would have happily paid double.