Last week I attended a tasting session at Nord, the soon-to-be restaurant off-shoot at Baltzersens, Harrogate’s popular Scandinavian cafe. The name ‘Nord’ means ‘North’ which is meant to reflect the style of the food to be served and also the location of the restaurant.
Headed up by chef Murray Wilson, he is one with high credentials, previously working in Michelin starred The Yorke Arms and Van Zeller, also a runner-up in the first series of Professional Masterchef. The ethos of the food will take on a Nordic influence, using techniques such as pickling, fermenting and curing to develop flavours from ingredients out of season.
Nord’s menu is based on 10 seasonal dishes, doing away with the usual starters, main courses and side orders, but instead consisting of 8 plates and 2 desserts. The idea is to try as few or as many as you like, they can be eaten as sharing or individual plates. Alongside the menu they will offer a range of bottled craft beers from Bad Seed Brewery, based in Malton, wines and in-house cocktails to compliment the menu.
The evening I attended was the 4th day into the tasting sessions, throughout the week the aim was to improve/refine/develop each dish following critique from guinea pig diners like myself. With full knowledge that the menu was in its development stages I’m not going to comment on the dishes until I visit when Nord officially opens.
We tried 3 main plates and 2 desserts, here they are in order, all of them looked absolutely beautiful in terms of presentation and my photos don’t really do them justice.
The evening was a very enjoyable one, full of picture perfect plates of innovative food, complex flavour combinations, and also great conversation with other people who have the same love of food as my own.
The menu is undergoing its final stages of development, with Nord due to open on 4th April I fully intend to go back soon when the Nord is up and running. It’ll be interesting to find out how the dishes have evolved and see them fully realised.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Paul, owner of Baltzersens to try out the dishes so my meal was a complimentary one, in exchange for an honest critique of the menu.Nord Baltzersens Ltd 22 Oxford Street Harrogate HG1 1PU 01423 202363