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Restaurants & Bars

Masa (Derby)

zuriga1 | Aug 7, 2009 03:51 AM

I can't write highly enough of this restaurant in Derby. We had a memorable dinner there last week. First off, the setting is really unique as Masa is housed in a converted church. Whoever planned the renovation was brilliant and made the most of the high ceilings, floor space, and the lower level is used for a wine bar and lunch service, plus the serving of pre-dinner canapes and drinks (free canapes).

The service was impeccable, and maybe it was back in the days of the church, too. The menu was not overwhelming, which I always like. We shared some delicious scallops for a starter They were perfectly seared and came with chicken wing lollipops, confit zest and a grapefruit reduction. For mains, my husband had a Cornish black bream accompanied by slow cooked red pepper, basil crushed potatoes, and chorizo aioli. A nice bowl of vegetables showed up for us to share. I think the potatoes were the Jersey variety, and really the best I've ever tasted.

I had the breast of duck with candid pear, celeriac moussiline, and beetroot jus

The real stars of the meal might just have been the desserts. They were exquisite. Husband had something called TASTE OF PEACH... fantastic brulee, ice cream, mousse, and jelly. I was tempted by the souffles but they took an additional 20 minutes and the skies were getting very dark. I 'settled' for the lemon tart which came with a marscapone cream.

The bill was about £60 for the food, excluding drinks, tip etc.

I don't think we'll get to Derby all that often, but I would head for this gem again in a heartbeat.

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