“I love it when a plan comes together” – The A Team
Spring might not quite have sprung but there’s no denying April is on her way… there’s a new girl in town. The town in question being Knutsford, Cheshire.
If you’re not following April’s Kitchen on social media you’re missing out on some seriously instagramable interiors. By her own admission the design cues bloomed from a “life-long appreciation of tiles, metal and mirrors. Cosy meets chic”. MCRhookup needed to head over to see if this place existed outside of an algorithm!
This small, intimate, space tucked away on Regent St. serves up brunches and cocktails of a weekend as well as some small plates and a short but statuesque menu of main courses. This is casual dining done elegantly. Boys are encouraged to “bring your mum for breakfast” whilst the ladies are told to “meet your man for supper”…sounds about right to us.
Our visit falls on a Friday and their 30 or so covers are fully booked for dinner service – it’s a young, good looking, set of locals and April’s laid on some LIVE music.
As we say, the menu is reasonably compact but has a lot of the bases covered. That and the tasteful interior design remind us of our visit to FRESS in Manchester city centre.
We kick off with warm sourdough to share with balsamic and oil, we pair this with the ‘Grilled Garlic Tiger Prawns’ (£7.95) as well as the ‘Grilled Lemon and Tarragon Chicken Skewers’ (£5.95).
The tarragon mayo and the chicken isn’t overpowering, the chicken was really delicately cooked and almost had a white fish feel. Speaking of seafood, those prawns! BIG and grilled to perfection, instantly salty to the taste with a nice strong whiff of garlic but neither linger nor overwhelm. Dish of the day? Maybe!
To complement the other design elements April’s serves up modern dishes both in terms of the cookery and the crockery. Cool, on trend, tableware works with the simplistic small plates style and is married with chunky eating irons. Everything just seems to stand out for the right reasons.
Mains time and there are some bigger portions of the chicken we started with available (likewise one of our chosen dishes was a candidate to start) however we opt for choices we think best complement those prawns; the sea bass fillet & the flatiron steak.
Served with crushed new potatoes, peas, green beans and yoghurt dressing the ‘Blackened Cajun Sea Bass Fillet’ (£16.95) was delicious. Fresh, flavoursome but again not too much. Served as a heaped portion there’s plenty of spuds and veg to accompany the fish and fill you up. The potato we thought we especially tasty.
On to the ‘Seared Flat Iron Steak’ (£22.95); this was certainly the most impressive to look at and, unsurprisingly, came highly recommended by the staff. A big old cut of beef accompanied with more delicious crispy potatoes, Tenderstem broccoli which added a nice bite alongside our rare meat as well as roasted baby carrots, topped with peppercorn butter.
It’s worth mentioning drinks at this stage. The bar at April’s is actually getting on for twice the length of the kitchen, the Chefs are really working miracles – two of them creating and plating some really delicious dishes all within a few sq. ft. A smooth velvety Malbec accompanies the meaty mains, Don Enrico, an Argentinian chap and very nice he was too. For a bottle you’re talking £23.50 which for a nice drop in Cheshire on a Friday night is very good. The Prosecco was just £15 a bottle too so don’t rule out some bubbles!
Once our plates were cleared and dessert ordered, the team brought over a couple of complimentary palate cleansers by way of shot glasses. This wasn’t special treatment, remember we’re in a full restaurant of diners and everyone got the same. Perhaps only a tiny touch but it defiantly makes the difference.
We’re getting pretty full but with some red left in our glass we need chocolate. The ‘Chocolate Mousse With Winter Berries’ (£4.95) is one of three options and is gorgeous. Served up handsomely, there’s plenty of light and airy mousse, rich chocolate with just enough fruit to provide that bit of acidity to cut through the course. Shared between two, spot on.
After dinner cocktails see us sample their signature ‘April Showers’ – gin & limoncello with lychee and florally infused with ice. The perfect sign off from April and her ‘A-Team’!
37 Regent Street, Knutsford, WA16 6GR – aprilskitchenknutsford.com