A good catch up with old friends in York, always means a decent lunch somewhere, as they love food as much as I do. We were off to Le Langhe, a restaurant that I’d read about before, but this was my first visit. From the outside it was hard to tell there was a restaurant, as there’s no real signage. Even on closer inspection looking in through the window, you see a deli stocked with all sorts of goodies, no hint of a dining room.
On entering we found ourselves surrounded by a food lovers dream; an Italian food and wine emporium with walls of shelves holding quality Italian wines, cabinets fully stocked with delicious meats and cheeses, Italian breads, imported pastas, aged balsamic vinegars, fresh truffles and much much more!
Once we could tear ourselves away from the shop, the actual dining room was at the back and up a few steps, this is where I saw the restaurants name – Le Langhe. The sign was a little hard to make out at first as they had so much stock everywhere, maybe as christmas looms ever close, there were boxes seemingly everywhere!
We found the menu a tad on the confusing side and more complicated than was necessary. The menu is divided into dishes ‘from the counter’ and ‘from the counter’, but within these categories there’s a four-course tasting menu which includes a glass of wine at £23 each, but a couple of potential deal breakers came with it; the menu is the chefs choice and the whole table must be included. Pasta and meat dishes (on a separate menu) can be ordered individually or in combination with starters which are on the back of the main menu. Also a selection of meats and cheeses which could be ordered on their own or as a selection. If this sounds confusing, it’s because it was!
After we’d worked out the menu, partly from listening to one of the staff explaining it to the couple at the next table, we opted for some starters and pasta dishes, which on the menu was called ‘discover the difference’ & pasta (£12.95).
For our starters we picked some prosciutto di parma, prosciutto san daniele and Calabrian nduja with some bread. The prosciutto arrived sliced as thinly as you like and was great on taste, as you would expect. The nduja was a bag hit with it’s spicy meatiness, kept soft with the ingenious use of a tea light holder. The three of us certainly had our appetites whetted sufficiently before our next course.
Two game ragu pasta and one pumpkin and goat cheese pasta came our way, here they say their pasta is freshly made daily and cooked to order, with sauce that isn’t added for the sake of it so pasta swims around in it, but used to enhance it. The last bowl of pasta I really enjoyed was the braised beef pappardelle at Zucco a few months ago, OH. MY. GOD this topped it! Even before the first mouthful, just picking some up on the fork, you could see the pasta was mega thin, cut in pappardelle width strips. It was silky, lightly covered in a flavourful game ragu and a grating of parmesan providing additional seasoning. We enjoyed the pasta so much that we unashamedly banged on about it for the rest of our lunch.
Our praise continued to the point where we ordered a second portion of game pasta to share!! I don’t regret it one iota, it was totally worth it.
I’d never eaten at Le Langhe before, and this won’t be last time, as even though everything about our lunch wasn’t perfect, the food wasn’t far off from being! If you’re in York I’d recommend you head there yourself.
Lunch with wine (and an extra pasta) for three people cost £65 without tip.
Food: excellent, some of the best pasta I’ve eaten, ever.
Service: a little haphazard at times, but friendly, helpful and efficient on the whole.
Atmosphere: we arrived at lunch, so there was a steady stream of diners throughout our stay. Quiet, gentle chatter about the place.Le Langhe The Old Coach House Peasholme Green York YO1 7PW http://www.lelanghe.co.uk