Last Monday was my husbands birthday and, since our little bundle came along in June 2014, we have not had one date night. So I organised babysitters (Thanks Mum!) and booked a table at Iris in Wakefield. A restaurant that myself and the hubster had been wanting to try for a while. In preparation, I had already decided to have a day off Slimming World so I could enjoy the food. I would deal with the consequences of this after.
Iris is situated in the centre of Wakefield. To quote their website:
“Wakefield born chef Liam Duffy has returned to his roots to open his debut restaurant in the heart of his hometown. Liam and his team has created a relaxed dining experience using modern cooking techniques and sourcing local seasonal produce of the highest quality to create a unique menu.”
Having looked at the menu prior to booking, I knew it was the kind of food I always fancy – good, wholesome grub!
Photo courtesy of the Iris website http://www.iris-restaurant.com
On entering the restaurant I found myself wondering if there were more tables upstairs as it was so small. The decoration was simple and chic with a good layout where the tables weren’t too close together and you could have an intimate meal with your other half. I did think, as I sat down, that it seemed a little quiet despite a table of about ten in however I forgot about this once myself and the OH got chatting. Drink orders were taken quickly (a bottle of Prosecco plus a coke for me and a Peroni for hubs) and we were left to peruse the menu.
This is where the troubles began…because everything sounded so good! Iris provides my sort of food but eventually I singled it down to either the Smoked Haddock Scotch Egg or the Chicken Liver Parfait (I went for the Parfait) and the husband ordered the Duck Noodle Salad, the Rolled Pork Belly (I love Pork Belly!) which we both ordered and we would save the dessert decision for later. It had took me long enough to decide on the first two courses! We also ordered some onion rings (my fave) and dauphinoise potatoes for the birthday boy.
The girls that served us were friendly and helpful, if they didn’t know something, they asked and were back to answer our questions quickly. Service was quite hurried and we would have appreciated a little longer between courses. I was shocked how fast the starter appeared after we had ordered.
The food was faultless. Everything was so flavoursome and well presented. Also, Iris has good portion sizes. From looking on the menu I was expecting littler, more faffy/posh portion sizes but this wasn’t the case. In fact, I struggled to finish my main! We were asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu (of course!) and when I couldn’t decide I asked the opinion of the waitress who recommended the Millionaire’s Shortbread (which my husband was having) or the Yorkshire Parkin. I decided to continue the trend of having the same as my husband, I fear food envy, and I wasn’t disappointed! It was do die for and not too heavy either!
It was a bed of shortbread and cream with a chocolate ball resting on top that was filled with a chocolate mousse. At the table the waitress poured a hot caramel sauce over the ball causing it to melt – yum yum yum!
We left Iris feeling stuffed (Quote me “I can’t wait to get home and get my PJ’s on!’) and agreeing that we would definitely be returning for another date night.