Saturday Evening at Chez Burton, Baldock

A couple of weekends ago, my boyfriend and I headed to Chez Burton in Baldock, Hertfordshire for a belated Valentine’s Day date. We were recommended it by friends and had been SO excited to pay a local independent a visit, and it turned out to be a wonderful spot for date night.

The founders of Chez Burton describe their restaurant as ‘a fine dining experience, without the pomp and formality that usually comes with it’. The result? A cosy spot with an ever-changing menu of small dishes, an extensive wine list and creative cocktails in a relaxed, fun and chic setting.

When it comes to ordering, the wait staff recommend you choose 3-4 dishes each. There’s a separate vegan menu which has just four options, so if you’re hungry it’s somewhat easy to decide which dishes to order! I opted for three small plates, which was perfect for me this evening – I was peckish but not starving.

And the dishes themselves are truly delicious. I started with the Beetroot Tacos, a delectably light beetroot crisp with fermented beetroot, a dash of vegan wasabi mayo and moreish furikake. Really, this was the showstopper for me and I could’ve ordered this five times over! Next, Mushroom Gyozas which sounded simple but were packed with flavour: steamed dumplings filled with mushrooms and served with crispy kale, glazed aubergine, mushroom ketchup (full of umami flavour!) and pickled mushrooms, which deepened the flavour. Lastly, I added Harissa Roasted Squash, which was equally tasty, although not as ‘showstopper’. Served with dukkah and vegan saffron mayo, it rounded off the meal nicely.

My boyfriend also chose three dishes: the Shio Koji Steak, seared lightly and served medium-rare with miso mushroom puree, shoestring potato and a Sansho peppercorn sauce. He mentioned it’s rare to get a really great steak near us, and this ticked all the boxes. Next, the Scallops, served with broccoli puree, XO butter, pork crackling and furikake. Again, he loved this dish and its delicate blend of flavours. Finally, the Chicken Satay – served on skewers topped with pickled cucumber, Nam Pla caramel and a smoked peanut crumb, designed to be dipped into the creamy satay sauce. We’ve been on a quest to find the perfect satay, but sadly this wasn’t it.

While we didn’t drink on this occasion, we are really looking forward to returning, if only to try their Apple Pie and Cherry Bakewell cocktails!

48 High Street, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 6BJ

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