Refined Simplicity / Hg2 MUST-EAT

The Great North Road of Pickwick Papers and Dick Whittington fame has served as a vital, if occasionally tenuous link, between London and ‘The North’ over the preceding centuries. According to Johnson, this was one of the best sights a Scotsman could see: the high road to England. So, in keeping with the tradition, Christoffer Hruskova has provided a fresh wind of northern vigour to reawaken our tired metropolitan culinary senses. Indeed, Nordic cuisine is particularly sought after at present, with the Copenhagen restaurant Noma being recently voted best restaurant in the world. North Road is grounded in this native Nordic cuisine, but fused with global influences from Hruskova’s travels. The menu offers an interesting array of delicate and subtle culinary treats. Don’t expect any showy bursts of flavour or colour, however; the food here is smoky, earthy and fresh. An enthusiastic connoisseur of the tastes and smells of the wild north, the chef has sourced his scallops from the coasts of Scotland, lamb from the Cumbrian moors and beef from the hills of Galloway. The refined simplicity of the food is matched by the restaurant design, done by El Nino. The wooden floors, lightly dressed walls and subtle shades add a sense of polite austere dignity to the setting.
By Neil Simpson
SITE: northroadrestaurant.co.uk
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