Jade Wright samples the autumnal menu at award-winning Fonseca’s restaurant
AUTUMN is a time for old friends and good food, and I’ve always counted on Delifonseca for both. Over the years it has provided me with regular sustenance before gigs and after shopping trips.
While I’m there I always stop at its fabulous deli to pick up all the types of things that I love to take home and pick at, instead of making a proper dinner.
So, looking for somewhere relaxed and reliable, my friends and I called in to its restaurant Fonseca’s for an autumnal late lunch.
It was recently crowned Liverpool’s Favourite Restaurant at the Liverpool Food and Drink Awards, and it’s easy to see why.
It offers hearty homemade main dishes, plus meze plates to share and soup and sandwiches for a lighter lunch. There’s a good range of vegetarian dishes, and everything is freshly prepared. This means there can be a bit of a wait at busy times, but it’s always worth it for the quality of the food.
There is a regular menu, but I can never resist the specials board.
It changes daily, as most produce is locally sourced and seasonal. This means that I never get tired of the menu, although my usual habit of choosing what I’m going to have hours (and sometimes days) beforehand by looking on the website for the menu isn’t possible.
Nevertheless, it makes for a nice surprise when I get there and start to peruse the menu.
There were 12 main dishes to choose from. I ordered sweet potato and butternut squash gengari curry with basmati rice (£9.95).
Michelle opted for chestnut mushroom, purple and yellow sprouting cauliflower pasta with garlic and baby onions while Lisa decided on the blackened chipotle chilli and garlic chicken thigh with smoked paprika vegetable fried rice (£12.95).
Michelle’s pasta was absolutely delicious, packed with tasty vegetables and well seasoned. It was well presented too – with the coloured cauliflower brightening up the plate.
Mine and Lisa’s mains both came with what seemed to be the same rice. It looked and tasted identical.