Dinner at The Restaurant at Pallant House
Dinner at The Restaurant at Pallant House,
East Pallant, Chichester,
West Sussex, PO19 1TJ
Wednesday 1st September 2021
Pallant House is a splendid eighteenth century town house in the Georgian quarter of Chichester. The Restaurant is part of a tastefully designed modern annexe.
This first post-lockdown dinner for the Bailliage was well attended and on arrival Canapes were presented of courgette rolls filled with red chilli, cream cheese, spring onion and chive, and crispy duck bon bons with pear compote. Both were quite delicious and were washed down with an Italian Ca’ del Console Prosecco Extra Dry.
Seated, the company was served Flaked Sussex smoked mackerel with beetroot, pea, pickled vegetables and a micro herb salad with an orange and burnt butter dressing. The contra flavours of mackerel and beetroot fused together extremely well and the dressing complemented both the vegetables and the salad. This clever starter dish was accompanied by an Argentinian white wine, Finca La Coronia Torrontes, Norton.
The main was a fillet steak, cooked well on the outside but served pink, together with succulent potato dauphinoise and wilted baby spinach. Surrounding this ensemble was a warm and most wonderful wild mushroom diane sauce providing a flavour and memories of days gone by for some. Also from Argentina a quite full but clean tasted Malbec, Lo Tengo was served.
A chilled desert to follow; the chefs’ version of Italian Zabaglione flavoured with marsala, rhubarb and Sussex ginger crumb. A sweet and slightly piquant flavoured pot of indulgent creamy pudding indeed, to be consumed without pause, as proved the case for some here. An Italian Moscato d’Asti, Prunotto helped salve the palettes of those seeking an encore.
To round off an excellent evening, coffee, tea and infusions were served with petits fours.