Wednesday 4th July 2001
Marg and I are taking a couple of days off, and end up in York.
The weather is very hot so we decide to stay overnight. We find a
hotel and later head back into the town centre to find somewhere to
There are many establishments near the centre, around the
Shambles, but, as I am always drawn to water, we gravitate to the
river, and spot the Waterfront Brasserie. The blackboard offers
freshly caught fish, and the location is superb, overlooking the
river where, coincidentally, the Fire Brigade RIB has just been
deployed to rescue some poor couple who needed to be towed back.
The Waterfront is fairly small, and sparsely decorated. It was
empty save for a couple in the main room. Normally, I would take
this as a negative sign, but the friendliness of the waitress
impressed so we took a table next to the other couple because Marg
wanted to be next to a window as it was so hot. Luckily, the window
opened, and the other couple didn't mind the breeze.
Marg doesn't really like seafood, so ordered a steak. I took the
opportunity of sampling Lobster. As it was so hot, our appetites
didn't stretch to starters, so we proceeded to the main course
When the meal arrived, we first noticed that the vegetables
looked rather more enticing than we'd expected: there was a
selection of cauliflower, broccoli, boiled potatoes and a potato and
turnip? mash. I usually find such vegetables to be lacking in
flavour and texture, but these were spot on - especially the mash.
Marg's steak was fine, and she enjoyed it, but a steak is,
generally, a steak. My (half) lobster, on the other hand, looked
exquisite, accompanied by a couple of large prawns in their shells
and scallops. The sauce was beautiful, tangy and flavoursome and a
perfect accompaniment to the meal. I have noticed in the past that
some sauces tend to have a "shiny" appearance and quickly form an
unsightly skin. I have heard that the "shininess" is, by some folk,
prized. I don't like that sort of presentation, and this sauce did
not skin over - lovely.
We engaged in conversation with the other couple (by now another
couple of tables had been occupied) and found that the gentleman had
also had the lobster, and also enjoyed it as much as I had. They
were locals and had been to the restaurant in the past, and
explained that the site had suffered badly from the flooding last
year, and previous to that as well - which I suppose explained the
A bottle of the House Red, a couple of rounds of Cognac, and
coffee brought the bll to £67.75
We all thouroughly enjoyed the meal - and the overall experience
of dining there.