Last weekend I visited Lisa Jean in Derby’s Bennetts department store. I do, from time-to-time, enjoy department store lunches mid-shopping but Lisa Jean is something quite special.
Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Bennetts has had a presence in the city since 1734 and overtime has become one of the city’s most prestigious shops.
Nestled at the back, and overlooking the store, Lisa Jean Brasserie’s is the perfect place to go to get some respite from a shopping trip, or to indulge for a special occasion.
As we arrived we were greeted by Lee who was more than happy to show us to our beautifully laid table.
We were presented with the new lunch menu (£13.95 for two courses or £15.95 for three courses). There was also a selection of dishes available on lighter lunch menu but once you set your eyes on the à la carte menu its hard to resist.
After much deliberation I decided to have the smoked salmon and dill soufflé served with crème fraîche and mixed leaves to start. The soufflé melted in my mouth and the crème fraîche was the great match.
My guest opted for the mushroom bruschetta with sautéed wild and cup mushrooms, white wine, tarragon and cream served in toasted ciabatta. The dish was simple but WOW the tastes were incredible.
I could have had any of the main courses but decided upon the pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms and spinach risotto. There was a generous amount of chicken blended into the creamy and tasty risotto, which was cooked well.
I also tried the seafood linguine which was the chef’s seafood special containing thermidor sauce, white wine, shallots, parsley, tarragon, lemon and parmesan. There was a generous amount of seafood including muscles, prawns and calamari. The sauce was absolutely ‘to die for’ as my dad would say, it was rich creamy and the perfect sauce to accompany this beautifully crafted dish.
We treated ourselves to a glass of Prosecco which was served in a beautiful 1920’s style glass.
I love desserts but I was too full to eat anything else. The dessert menu included white chocolate and stem ginger cheesecake, which would have certainly been right up my street.
I really couldn’t fault any dishes on lunch menu or the staff who were exceptionally helpful; pulling your chair out, placing a beautiful pristine white cloth on your lap or bringing the Prosecco over to your table. The service was impeccable.
As we were leaving we saw people enjoying the afternoon tea (£17.95 per person) which was beautifully presented – that will be the next one on my blog bucket list.
Lisa Jean is exquisite fine dining in a lovely location that should be cherished as an icon of Derby. If you appreciate elegant food at a reasonable price Lisa Jean is a must visit.
Have you been to the Lisa Jean before? What did you think?