Food and friends are two ‘f’ words that I really like and yesterday I got to enjoy both as I went for lunch at York’s newest restaurant, Carluccio’s in St. Helen’s Square! The location is the brand’s northern flagship restaurant and can be found right in the heart of York, a beautiful and historic city I visit regularly with the family to enjoy the many attractions.
Here is my friend Jules and I enjoying a catch up – it’s been ages since our last get together!
Carluccio’s offers a modern Italian all-day dining experience and after our lunch we were shown around the Grade-II listed building that currently offers dining on two floors but has plans in place for using the extra floors for private dining. The building is the former Terry’s Chocolate Shop and Tea Room but has also been a candle shop and a bank in the past, and the decor that Carluccio’s has created inside makes the best use of the historic features whilst bringing a fresh and contemporary feel to the property, creating a very pleasant dining atmosphere.
Whilst we were there (a weekday afternoon) the place was busy with every table filled with diners but it wasn’t heaving so you had to wait for service. The staff were friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious. Speaking of food, have a look at what we ordered!
We started with olives and bruschetta then went on to main courses of Chicken Milanese and Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad. The Chicken Milanese was my dish – a flattened chicken breast crusted in rosemary breadcrumbs and fried, served with baby gem, mixed leaves and baby plum tomatoes in a mustard dressing. This summer, Carluccio’s is launching a special offer ‘Kids Eat for £1‘, so your child could enjoy this delicious dish for £1 when the adult orders a main course! As I knew I was ordering a pudding, I didn’t add any new potatoes or other sides with it, but here is a photo of the Chicken Milanese that Carluccio’s sent me!
My friend Jules enjoyed the Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad which she said tasted lovely although she did say it could have had a few more walnuts in it! It did however have a lot of goat’s cheese along with the roasted beetroot and butternut squash, mixed leaves and pesto then a balsamic drizzle. It looked like a very filling plate and she seemed happy!
Carluccio’s changes the menu regularly to make the best of seasonal produce but also to stop diners getting bored! These menus offer excellent value with two courses from £10.99 and three courses from £13.99 and child portions are available in their kid’s menu which comes with a drink, puzzles and colouring in for just £6.95. I like it when a restaurant embraces children in this way – my kids are a bit older now but I always remember making a point of eating at places that welcome children as part of the dining experience, and Carluccio’s being Italian, is all about dining en famiglia.
For dessert we had the lemon tart (me!) and Jules had the meringue. Or to give it its full title ‘Meringa Al Frutto Della Passione’. Sounds better in Italian doesn’t it? It was basically an Eton Mess – very light and sweet, a perfect summer pudding. Followed by a coffee. I like to enjoy a meal without feeling rushed and at Carluccio’s we lingered at our table for about two and a half hours in all. It was a beautiful sunny day, the tourists were out in York alongside the street performers and shoppers all enjoying a charming afternoon.
In just two weeks my children break up from school for the summer and so to re-create my lazy afternoon it would be nice to bring them to Carluccio’s. The Kids Eat For £1 offer will launch on the 25th July and runs until the 31st August 2017 – making it perfect timing for a day out within the school summer holidays.
To try out this new restaurant for yourself, here are the contact details:
3-5 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QW
T: 01904 656 536