There are changes afoot at both Seasons and Contini George Street.
On Broughton Street, Seasons Bar and Restaurant has launched an a la carte menu in their front room bar.
As before, the main dining room serves five, seven or ten course tasting menus based on a list of seasonal ingredients.
However, just as they celebrate their first year in business, they have introduced a casual dining menu to the ten cover bar space.
Comprising two starters, three main courses and two desserts, it is a compact and bijou affair. Available from 2pm until 8pm, the menu is accompanied by a list of 30 wines by the glass.
The new menu has been designed by Executive Chef and owner Matt Urry with the help of new recruit, Head Chef Cameron Laidlaw, who has recently joined from Restaurant Mark Greenaway.
Sample dishes include starters such as a white onion velouté with burnt onion and seasonal herbs. A typical main course might be the slow cooked lamb leg with beer-pickled shallot, charred spring onion, pomme purée and celeriac.
If seafood is more of your bag then you might order the poached langoustine with quinoa, burnt apple, channel wrack and a langoustine bisque.
Desserts include rhubarb with custard honeycomb, gingerbread and doughnut or the chocolate, pistachio and granola.
You can reserve a table at Seasons via 5pm Dining.
Go private at Contini George Street
Meanwhile, over at Victor & Carina Contini’s restaurant on George Street, their new private dining room/events space has been unveiled.
Seating up to eighteen people, the Bellavista Room is available for private lunches, dinners and events.
It has been created in partnership with Bellavista. They produce Franciacorta, described by Decanter as ‘one of Italy’s best sparkling wine secrets’.
Today you could enjoy three courses from their Best of Contini menu with a Venus cocktail on arrival and a limoncello to finish for £28.95 per person.