Despite being a fairly new addition York, everyone seems to be talking about Skosh's fabulous take on modern British cuisine
I must admit that this review has been a long time coming, as our visit to Skosh was actually on my birthday in December last year - a well planned surprise from Des which was almost ruined when he forgot the time of our booking so we turned up an hour late!
Luckily the staff were still able to accommodate us and my forgiveness was immediate as we sat down at one of the best seats in the house, right in front of the open kitchen.
For a first impression, this was seriously encouraging. The kitchen displayed meticulous order as the staff calmly prepared the various small plates which have made the restaurant so popular.
After selecting a well priced carafe, we took some time to browse the menu, as we were keen to select a wide variety of dishes for the evening from the small, but extremely diverse offering.
Initially we were advised to get three or so plates each to start and then top up from there as necessary, assured by our waiter that he would come back as often as we needed to allow us to order more! This low pressure approach suited me perfectly, as I really wasn't sure what to order and how much we would need.
Our starting selection dishes included my favourite plate of the evening; an amazing combination of sweetly cured sea trout, contrasted with a lime kick and soft marshmallow-esque accompianment. This was the kind of dish whose passing you immediately mourn as soon as you finish it and worth going back for alone.
We also decided upon the venison tartare, something which I have never tried before! This dish was a textural delight - the crunchy pakora scraps perfectly offsetting the yielding venison.
We both decided in the beginning that the only way to avoid dining envy would be to share each plate between both of us. This actually made for a wonderful experience, as we were both able to discuss and compare our thoughts on each plate as we worked our way through the menu.
Octopus is one of our joint favourites and we both enjoyed the opportunity to try it in a more unique form (usually we have it boiled with paprika and olive oil sprinkled over). Skosh's BBQ take was, if anything, even better than this Galician way of cooking.
Next was one of my picks - a delightfully light plate of basil ricotta. This worked well as a break from some of the heavier ingredients and flavours, especially when smothered on the also very good house bread.
After working our way through quite a lot of food, we still had a tiny bit more room to order a couple more dishes. Hurrah!
Des opted for the decadent duck liver mousse - one of his personal favourites. I particularly enjoyed it with the almond buns, as they had a subtle sweetness which worked well with the passionfruit and rich mousse.
At this point we took a well deserved break to ponder our dessert choices and order more wine! It was my birthday after all...
After finding myself royally stuffed with this veritable feast, I only had room for eggnog. Poor me, I know. Luckily this came with a tiny doughnut, so I didn't feel too cheated on the pudding front! Des went for a slightly more ambitious chocolate orange bauble, which I obviously had to try.
In the home city of the Chocolate Orange, this was something that just had to be right. Luckily, it was up to the extremely high standards set by everything else we ate during our evening.
In summary, if you can't tell from my gushing above, Skosh is fabulous. Whilst you probably wouldn't dine there every single week, it's an outstanding choice for a special evening and to be honest, I don't actually have a bad word to say about any aspect of our meal. A rare thing for someone as critical as me!
The menu is distinct and innovative, each dish displays flare and subtlety, the staff are extremely attentive and the drinks list is well curated. What are you waiting for?