If there is one universal truth to life, it is that no one ever complains about being given a dining voucher for Christmas.
Especially if the restaurant in question is a chic city centre brasserie housed in dramatic surroundings. And even more especially if the menu is overseen by an accomplished chef.
In other words, today’s Big Deal for a two-course meal for two from Chez Mal’s winter menu, plus a glass of Prosecco or cocktail each, has ‘absolutely fabulous gift’ written all over it.
Housed in an impressive building that was once a Greek Orthodox church, Chez Mal in Malmaison hotel is a very atmospheric dining spot.
With its glittering domed ceiling, vibrant murals and relaxed brasserie-style service, this city centre venue is ideal for both relaxed meals and special occasions. Plus the candlelit booths make it a cosy and romantic spot to dine in when the weather is cold.
The kitchen team is led by Head Chef John Burns, who has helped to oversee an exciting new set of warming dishes for winter.
Two courses with a drink
Available until the end of March, this Big Deal is for two people to have a starter and main course or a main course and dessert from Mal’s winter prix fixe menu.
The offer also includes a glass of Prosecco or cocktail for each guest. Cocktails are from the Classics or Twists ranges.
The Classics comprise of our old friends Martini, Negroni, Cosmopolitan, Whisky Sour, Pina Colada, Mojito, Manhattan and the Old Fashioned.
The Twists section features the Vesper Martini, White Negroni, Metropolitan, New York Sour, Painkiller, Gin Gin Mule, Tawny Manhattan and a Smoked Old Fashioned.
Since it’s winter, ours is a Whisky Sour, thanks.
Celebrate the flavours of the season
Menus are seasonal, and subject to change, but guests can expect something along the lines of the following:
Soup of day
Roast Cumbrian chicken & Serrano ham terrine, truffle mayonnaise, toasted brioche
St-Maure goat’s cheese & blood orange, shaved fennel, radish, red onion, & pistachio nuts
Beetroot-cured Scottish salmon, pickled cucumber, baby beets & Greek yoghurt
Slow roast brisket, Bury black pudding potato rosti, Madeira jus & Cotswold fried egg
Pan-fried cod, fregula pasta, chorizo, tomato, red chilli & kale
Hot game pie – pheasant, partridge, venison – all butter puff pastry & warm pickled red cabbage
Pumpkin and chestnut ravioli, sage & pine nut butter & amoretti
Warm spiced red wine poached fruits, vanilla ice cream & toasted almonds
Millionaire Valrhona chocolate mousse, shortbread, caramel & Valrhona chocolate mousse
Seville orange marmalade steamed sponge, Cointreau custard
Artisan cheese slate, choice of three from the cheese tray
Guests are welcome to order additional courses and side dishes. A 10% service charge will be added for extras.
TripAdvisor reviewers have shared plenty of praise for Chez Mal, including the following, edited for length:
‘...on arrival we were impressed with the decor at reception with dark velvet style and candles, was quite gothic however very bright down stairs with modern bright atmosphere and quite cosy. The food was very nice… the staff very pleasant and accommodating, coming round regularly to make sure everyone received good service, very impressed.’
‘The service we received from Bartek and the other staff here was first class… we will definitely go back.’
‘We had a lovely meal tonight at Chez Mal. Food was excellent, especially the chicken liver mousse, salmon fishcakes and the steak frite. Our Waitress, Julia, was a gem…’
Gift the gift of the Chez Mal experience
Chez Mal offers the best of both worlds — the glamour of a dramatic venue with the relaxed experience of brasserie dining. So it goes without saying that this would make a lovely and thoughtful Christmas present for the food lover in your life.
Plus as this offer is available until the end of March, they will have plenty of time to take advantage of it.