One of Nottingham’s favourite restaurants, Aurora on Stoney Street in the Lace Market is a spacious and inviting venue to enjoy fine British cuisine in relaxing surroundings. Modern furnishings of wood and stone are brought to life by splashes of yellow and cheerful daisy prints. This is a bright and cheerful interior that calms and energises rather than shouts. Food is well presented yet the portions are generous; the chef Craig Thomas heads up the kitchen and brings with him impeccable pedigree and a fine CV.
On New Year’s Eve you can enjoy a seven course meal at Aurora and what better way to usher in the coming year than with a taste of Nottingham’s finest food?
The menu begins with an amuse-bouche of parmesan and maple cured bacon tuille with pear mousse, followed by a starter of rabbit roll, quail breast, and Shimenji mushrooms. The fish course presents the sweet and delicate flavours of seared monkfish cheek with spiced lentils and lentil puree; a dish that uses intricate levels of spicing to highlight the textures that are the focus of this dish. Main course features cannon of lamb with apricot and cinnamon cured lamb, goat’s cheese and thyme pearl barley risotto, and chestnut brittle.
The dessert course features some refreshing and interesting flavours. Lemon and fennel pannacotta sits alongside rosemary fruit pastilles and elderflower sorbet in a scented medley of aromatics and a delicate balance of botanicals that should really accentuate the flavours of the cheese course that follows. A trio of cheese dishes is featured; cheddar soufflé, stilton parfait and goat’s cheese mousse are served with aubergine and grape chutney with pickled apple.
Finally a plate of petits fours is presented, and with this inventive menu who knows what form they will take. Simply listed as a range of flavours such as vanilla, cola, cherry, pineapple and tarragon, part of the fun of modern cuisine is to leave the diner guessing right up until the plate arrives and even until the food begins to play on the palate.
You will need to make reservations to dine at Aurora on New Year’s Eve and if you book online with Go dine you will receive a £5.00 discount. The seven course meal costs just £60.00 per person, or £75.00 with carefully matched wines. The go dine site also features a range of restaurants in Nottingham with Christmas and New Year menus.