His Lordship doesn’t venture out much so when he does, it has to be something quite special because he’s not easy to please, a bit like me. Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to try the Chez Mal Spring Prix-Fixe dinner menu at Malmaison Cheltenham and I think ‘pleased’ would be an understatement. In fact, ‘special’ doesn’t even come close. We were beyond impressed.
If you haven’t discovered it yet, the Spring Prix-Fixe 2 & 3 Course Menu is a lovely selection of contemporary dishes, which showcase this season’s finest ingredients, created and served in unique Chez Mal style. And this menu isn’t just for hotel guests either; everyone is welcome to enjoy a touch of luxury with delicious food and first class service in Malmaison’s new boutique chic brasserie. Why go out in Cheltenham, when you can go ‘out, out?’
For a Libran who finds it difficult to make decisions, this kind of set menu is right up my street. However if you’re like His Lordship and like a few more dining options then this is also absolutely pas de problème as you can also peruse the à la carte menu and the final bill is then just worked out with any price differences accordingly.
To start, I chose the Soup of the day, which was leek and potato. I’m always a bit cautious of opting for soup as a starter in case it’s too filling but this sounded too good to miss! And I was right. Deliciously creamy but the perfect sized portion served with tastiest of stone baked breads.
His Lordship on the other hand couldn’t resist the temptation of trying the Pan-fried sea scallops with BBQ baby chorizo, spring onion and paprika mayonnaise from the à la carte menu. The scallops were exquisitely served in open shells and were cooked to absolute melt in your mouth perfection. With the subtle combination of flavours with the paprika mayonnaise and baby chorizo, this made for a starter worthy of three Michelin stars.
On to main courses and this was an easy one for me as I’d had my eye firmly on the Rigatoni Primavera with feta, lemon, broccoli, peas and mint from the moment I’d seen it on the menu. There’s nothing more spring like than an Italian style primavera pasta and I couldn’t wait to try it! Verdict: perfetto!
His Lordship was stuck for choice as to which main course to opt for because every single dish is just as tempting as the next. However, on the recommendation of Food and Beverage Manager Izabela, who looked after us beautifully for the evening, he went for the tender Cumbrian chicken with fricassee of spring vegetables, Anya potatoes and truffle cream. With an additional side order of glazed carrots, again well recommended by our host, His Lordship was in absolute food heaven.
To complement our dishes, His Lordship and I were offered a lovely bottle of Maison Blanc, expertly poured by Izabela whose attentiveness, professionalism and attention to detail in every respect of the service she provided to guests was both notable and admirable.
To top off this first class dining experience without the first class price tag, dessert was the absolute pièce de résistance of ice cream in the form of a Chocolate and almond sundae with chocolate brownie pieces, dark chocolate & salted caramel ice cream, chocolate sauce and honeycomb and toasted almonds. I literally couldn’t breathe. This pleased His Lordship somewhat as it also meant I couldn’t talk either so he could enjoy his own deliciously zesty Mango and passion fruit cheesecake with ginger and passion fruit coulis in peace. Délicieux!
Thank you to Malmaison Cheltenham for the opportunity to sample the Chez Mal Spring Prix- Fixe Menu. Not only was the service textbook perfection but Malmaison chefs are incredibly accommodating when it comes to dietary requirements and creative vegan alternatives for its popular dishes and desserts are readily available.
At only £19.95 for two courses and £24.95 for three courses, the Chez Mal menu will definitely put a spring in your step this season!