111 by Nico
High-end dining experience in the suburbs – exquisite presentation, inspired food parings and incredible value for money.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Having changed direction three times in recent years, 111 by Nico, named after owner Nico Simeone, is surely here to stay as the talented young chef mixes high-end dining and astonishing value for money while providing a mentoring service to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. It’s a slick affair with dark wooden floors, slate grey walls and polished glassware. Service has formality befitting the cooking style and surroundings yet it’s approachable and welcoming, too. Try the tasting menu – at £30 for five courses you’ll not find a better deal in the city. Changing weekly, menu highlights may include velvety celeriac soup served in espresso cups topped with white truffle oil, or smoked ham hough sandwich, crisp yet sweet with a hint of pear and melting into intense black pudding crumb. Smoking glass cloches add theatre and intense flavour to attractively presented duck with spicy aromatic dark juniper berries. Lime cheesecake belies the simple description, a beautifully deconstructed dish evoking flavours of the tropics. Wine pairing is also available as is a very reasonably priced, small set menu. It's simple: you must eat here.
- High point: Faultless cooking and presentation
- Low point: Nothing
- Notable dish: Smoked ham hough sandwich with Pear and Black Pudding
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Soft rock
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 44
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 24
- House wine: £18 per bottle
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