Furrow – Liverpool
When I started researching Liverpool’s food scene I quickly discovered Baltic Bakehouse and their café Furrow. Baltic Bakehouse, located in the Baltic Triangle, does what it says on the tin – fresh bread is baked daily and used across their menu, as well as being delivered to Furrow. After looking at their menus I was keen to get to at least one of the cafés, and so we headed for Furrow on Tuesday morning.
Mum and dad decided it was time for a traditional breakfast, ordering the Furrow Breakfast. The egg, bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomato and mushrooms were all nice but standard, but what really made the breakfast was the accompanying Bakehouse toast. The crusty, chewy, buttery toast was delicious and was without a doubt the star of the Furrow Breakfast.
I was intrigued by another item on the menu – the Migas, described as “chunks of bread and porky breakfast bits fried with olive oil, fennel seeds and an egg on top”. What arrived was a basically a Furrow Breakfast all chopped up and fried – crispy bread, sausage, bacon, black pudding and tomato were deliciously flavoured, with the aniseed flavour of the fennel seeds adding a nice dimension to the dish. The egg was perfectly fried with a gorgeous orange yolk which oozed through the rest of the dish. Absolutely brilliant!
Jamie’s Italian – Liverpool
On Tuesday evening we headed for a tried and tested favourite – Jamie’s Italian. We’ve eaten in Jamie’s Italian’s across the country, and we were pretty sure we could get a good meal there.
I settled on one of my go to starters – Crispy Squid. The squid looked a little pale on arrival, but proved to be tender with a crispy coating – delicious with the accompanying garlic and lemon mayonnaise and the slices of fried garlic scattered on top. Mum also went for an old favourite with the World’s Best Olives on Ice. The large, juicy olives are served with a decent portion on olive tapenade and crispy music bread – a light, flavoursome dish which mum thoroughly enjoyed. Dad was the only one of us to branch out with his starter, going for the Italian Nachos. Fried ravioli are filled with mozzarella, ricotta and Bella Lodi, and served with and tomato sauce, and while the dish was nice enough it failed to really impress. Dad thought it needed rather a lot of salt, while I just wasn’t too excited by the taste I had.
We all went for a main course of pasta, with dad going for the traditional Tagliatelle Bolognese and mum the Prawn Linguine. Dad’s Bolognese was a good, standard dish while mum thoroughly enjoyed her dish. There were plenty of prawns and langoustine tails throughout the dish which also contained fennel, chilli and saffron. My main course was also a winner, with the Mezzaluna Caprese proving to be particularly tasty. Huge ravioli were filled with ricotta and spinach and served in a tomato sauce with torn mozzarella. The size of the ravioli was a particular benefit, as it allowed the flavour of the filling to really come through, while the cold, creamy mozzarella provided the perfect contrast to the sweet tomato sauce.
Looking at the dessert menu, I had a dilemma on my hands. I was able to narrow it down to two choices, but couldn’t decide between the chocolate fondant that I’ve previously ordered (and loved) and the chocolate brownie. After much deliberation, I finally decided on the Epic Brownie with salted caramel ice cream and caramelised popcorn. The brownie itself was gooey and fudgy although, sadly, not warm as advertised on the menu. The accompanying ice cream was very nice though, with a good salty kick to temper the sweet caramel flavour. Next to me, mum ordered the Baked White Chocolate Cheesecake, served with fresh raspberries and smashed amaretti. The cheesecake itself had a nice flavour, although mum did comment that the base was a little soft. Finally, dad chose the Strawberries and Frozen Yoghurt as it sounded fresh and light. The strawberries were soaked in elderflower and lemon and served with baby basil with the sweet, tart flavour complimented by the cooling frozen yoghurt. Dad also enjoyed the poppy seed crisps that adorned the top of the dessert, saying they were like fancy wafers.
As usual the food in Jamie’s was fresh and tasty, although couldn’t compete with some of the fantastic meals we had on previous nights.