Review on Ate o'clock
A punning chronological name, Ate o'clock, is just one novel feature of this laidback restaurant nestling down an alley in the centre of York city. Everything about the place is quirky, from the stuffed eagles and the clocks all set - predictably - at eight o'clock to the mock film sets in the toilets!
Chef/proprietor Kenny Noble is a well-known face on the York restaurant scene (he cooked at the nearby Blue Bicycle in its early days) and his food is full of excitement and surprises. He pleases the lunchtime crowd with a user-friendly assortment of savoury tarts, risottos, omelettes and open sandwiches, and offers great-value 'B 4 Ate' fixed-price menus from Monday-Wednesday.
The full evening menu garners influences from all over - thus you might find Whitby crab risotto with candied lemon and thyme juice rubbing shoulders with spiced loin of lamb on curried rösti cake with tomato and chilli jam. Elsewhere fillet of Yorkshire beef is served with a savoury Eccles cake and Madeira sauce, while salmon might be given the 'Kiev' treatment. Also expect a few jokey ideas (Jack Daniels' home-cured salmon with Coca Cola jelly to start or melon and pineapple cocktail with coconut liqueur for afters). The short wine list provides sound drinking from reliable sources.
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Modern European / Eclectic
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card