I look forward to finding out the new menu at Six by Nico every 6 weeks and when I found out the name of the fourth menu I was especially excited. I’ve spent a bit of time in the states and I love the food there, so Route 66 was always going to be a winner for me.
Sam and I visited this brilliant restaurant for lunch and it was just as busy as in the evenings. Immediately, I caught sight of the Cali 66 aperitif – a tequila cocktail, which I had to order. This time we also decided to order the snacks; a platter of nachos, corndog and peanut butter milkshake and sourdough bread with whipped butter. These were very fitting for the menu and all tasty appetizers for the meal ahead.
First up, we were presented with a goats cheese, pepperoni, trapanese pesto and olive tapenade tart. This dish was called Chicago because of its appearance being reminiscent of a pizza. I really don’t like olives, but they were added subtly, so I still managed to really enjoy this course. The crisp tart and the soft goats cheese made for an enjoyable eating experience.
The next destination to explore was Great Plains and it was buffalo mozzarella, tomato essence and basil oil – a combination that is a favourite of Sam and I’s. This was a light, but still delicious course, with a good proportion of mozzarella and tomato.
American Diner was the third course on the menu and one that took me by surprise. The theme was based on American style pancakes, which were made from chickpea and served with maple syrup mayonnaise and pork cheek. I thought the pancakes were incredibly fluffly and the mayo and pork were a brilliant combination. It was clearly a savoury course, but with a pleasant sweetness throughout. This was my favourite dish from the menu.
Ameican Diner was a hard act to follow and Texas didn’t step up. This forth dish was based around barbeque brisket with a chilli bon bon and sweetcorn puree. Although I enjoyed the basic flavours, I felt like there was a lot going on and my palate was left quite confused. I love sweetcorn, but there was sweetcorn puree, babycorn and actual sweetcorn, which was a bit too much for me. However, I did love the wonderfully cooked polenta!
I am a huge taco fan, so New Mexico was the course I was most looking forward too. Luckily, it lived up to my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed the crispy seabream on top of the fried tortilla chip. The guacamole, pickled chilli and lime really enhanced the flavour and I loved every bite. I still found that I enjoyed American Diner more, but this was a close second favourite.
Dessert is never my preferred course at any meal, but I was delighted to be heading to California with a zesty lemon tart. Although, the tart itself was scrumptious with a thin, crisp sugar coating, it was the red wine sorbet that blew my mind.
Every time I visit Six by Nico, I’m blown away by not only how good the food is, but also the creativity of Chef Nico. Starting from this Tuesday the menu is Illusion and if the last 4 menus are anything to go by, you won’t want to miss it!