Review on Joseph Benjamin
Joseph Benjamin, a restaurant and delicatessen located inside Chester's city walls on Northgate Street is the enterprise of two brothers, Ben and Joe Wright. The minimalist décor with interesting artwork on the walls is an all day eatery, but the atmosphere is more intimate in the evening with candlelit tables.
Ben and Joe are personally responsible for every aspect of this Chester based business, with Joe heading the kitchen, while Ben is in charge of front of house. Ingredients are sourced with care using local and seasonal produce for the short modern European menu, that changes at least once a month. Expect the likes of hot-smoked Scottish salmon and quail egg Niçoise or warm salad of curried cauliflower and chick peas with pickled carrots, raisin puree and mint yoghurt amongst the starters. Main courses could feature corn-fed Goosnargh chicken breast with smoked bacon and sage lentils and roast turnip or grilled fillet of Dorset line-caught wild sea bass with basil risotto and braised oxtail. While desserts take in warm chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream or how about homemade fruitcake with Stitchelton blue cheese and a glass of chilled sweet moscatel sherry.
The ever evolving wine list is carefully chosen and offers great examples of classic wine styles from all over the world, with several bargains under £30. There is also a barrel of one of the many locally brewed ales on hand-pull, as well as Warsteiner lager on draught. The bar is open all day to diners and non-diners.
Next to the restaurant is the delicatessen and the newly expanded cookshop specialising in homemade, local and seasonal specialities, quality kitchenware, and coffee related items, including eight different varieties of coffee beans.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 9.00am (10.00am Sun) through
Lunch: until 12.00pm Tue-Sun, 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Thu-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card