Dining Out: Clark's, Queen Street, Scarborough
A small Scarborough restaurant is making a huge impact in the town after opening earlier this year.
Formerly The Open Arms and then a coffee house, Clark’s restaurant opened in July and is making a statement to the rest of Scarborough with its impressive menu.
My girlfriend and I attended the Queen Street restaurant on a quiet Wednesday evening with only one other table in.
The 30-cover restaurant is small but quirky with the decoration being clean, simple and effective. The colourful artwork certainly grabs your attention when you enter the premises.
We were greeted by a very friendly waitress who showed us to our table and talked us through the specials of the day.
It was a change to see a special for each course on the menu and I actually took upon two of those for my meal.
I was a fan of the bar area where it describes the drinks below as poisons. To drink I had a bottle of Peroni and my girlfriend had a Disaronno and Coke while we were also given a free bottle of water for the table.
The waitress brought complimentary fresh bread to us while we also had olives as an appetiser which were great to nibble at.
We decided to skip starters and head straight for the main course. I had the special pressed belly pork served with bacon mash, confit potatoes, roasted garlic, crackling and a blackcurrant and red wine sauce, priced at £17.
The belly pork was succulent and melted in your mouth and the mash to accompany it was gorgeous and creamy. The sauce was sweet and really complemented the dish. My only criticism for my main was that the portion size was on the small side so I tucked into my girlfriend’s leftover chips.
She went for the ribeye steak served with chips, brown onions, cherry tomatoes, a mushroom and a green peppercorn and brandy cream sauce, priced at £24. My girlfriend said the steak was cooked to perfection, medium-rare, tender on the inside with a flavoured sizzling on the outside. The chips were crisp on the outside and fluffy inside and were great with the creamy peppercorn sauce.
Despite the restaurant being quiet in terms of numbers, we did enjoy the indie music being played over the speakers.
Attention soon turned to desserts and we simply couldn’t decide so we halved two puddings.
If we go anywhere for food and sticky toffee pudding is on the menu, then it will be ordered. Clark’s had the pudding on the special board served with ice cream, apples and a toffee sauce.
It was a moist sponge and the addition of the apples gave it a unique flavour.
We also chose the lemon, orange and passion fruit tart served with a raspberry and schnapps sorbet which was outstanding.
Clark’s had managed to squeeze all my favourite fruits into one pudding and the sorbet especially was delicious.
It was the ideal way to wrap up a lovely meal.
For two courses for two people with one drink each, the meal came to £59 altogether, which is above many of its competitors.
However I believe the food itself was of a high standard and I look forward to my next visit.