Food profile - Lost and Found, Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:59 11 November 2019
This beautiful restaurant has certainly found its mojo.
The first time I dined at The Lost & Found, more than two years ago, I said would be the last. I didn't have the best experience, with both food and service a bit mediocre. I was persuaded back last week - and oh, how things have changed! The interior of this gorgeous building, built in 1871 as a Town Hall and Market Hall, is quite stunning and the residents of the town were thrilled when Lost & Found came in and did such a great job with the renovations - and now the food matches the surroundings.
I started, of course, with a cocktail. The menu is extensive and all oh-so-tempting - and with possibly the most creative naming I have ever come across. I (finally) settled on a Honeybee; a concoction of Honeycomb-infused vodka and Elderflower Liqueur, with Limoncello and citrus juices. It was delicious - a great balance of sweet and tart.
When choosing my starter I experienced some dilemma, so asked my server, Pam, for advice. Crispy Duck Salad or Bang Bang Cauliflower? The latter, I was told, with enthusiasm, was an absolute must-have, so I did. It was fabulous - roasted cauliflower in a sweet, sticky, chilli-ginger sauce that made me happy by being both healthy and tasty. Mike opted for the duck salad, which met every hope and expectation, with lots of crispy duck and crispy salad and a rich hoisin sauce bringing it all together. Both were dishes that were easily shared, which was lucky as Mike's wandering fork can be quite insistent.
At this point, we started to suspect that things had changed at The Lost & Found, and anticipation rose for our main courses. For once (with only a little encouragement) Mike chose not to opt for a steak and selected the roast chicken breast with buffalo Mozzarella, crispy prosciutto and a fondant potato, in a tomato and basil sauce. He was very impressed - beautifully cooked and presented, the flavours were pure Italian trattoria - full, fresh and vibrant. I had dithered once again, but finally settled on the Three Cheese Risotto, made with Mozzarella, Butler Mature Cheddar and Gran Moravia cheeses. I have never heard of that last one, but upon Googling have learned that it's a hard cheese in the same family as Parmigiano Reggiano. Whatever, the combination of these three cheeses wrapped around soft Arborio rice was just fabulous - talk about comfort food; it was the gustatory equivalent of wrapping myself in a big blanket and settling down to watch Nigella prepare Christmas lunch.
Along with a second cocktail - this time a Mortianna's Garden, with elderflower liqueur, sloe gin, lychee and peach bitters - I chose a white chocolate and winter berry 'Eton Mess', for my pudding, while Mike opted for a dark chocolate and peanut butter parfait. The Eton Mess - raspberry ice-cream and white chocolate, with shards of meringue and a Chantilly cream - was good, but the peanut butter parfait won the fight. In with a dome of dark chocolate, the parfait was creamy smooth and just the right side of sweet.