It has taken a while to work out exactly why we enjoyed Bistro Guy quite as much as we did. It wasn’t down to just one single factor; it was a combination of great elements that show this restaurant is getting things just about right.
It was also a lovely opportunity to have a relaxing night out with a dear friend.
In short, Bistro Guy is exactly what a neighbourhood restaurant should be, offering great tasting food, unpretentious service, nice surroundings and excellent value.
During the day (9am-5pm) the place is busy serving breakfasts, brunches, sandwiches, teas and coffee.
Wednesday night has a special feature, serving log fire pizza and cocktails in the garden. It’s a delight to sit under an awning, catching the last of the sunshine in the garden that backs on to York’s city walls.
In the evening, three nights a week (from 6.30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), Guy Whapples and his team offer a tightly edited menu that focuses on seasonal produce from Yorkshire, small plates of food with a Japanese fusion. I just love the anticipation of small plates arriving on the table.
The mood at Guy’s is complemented by some first-rate friendly service by the waiting staff, who seemed to know the exact moment to come to the table without making us feel hurried. It all added to the excellent ambience of the evening.
Informality and simplicity are the hallmarks of what Bistro Guy has set out to deliver; and that is exactly what they achieve.
Feeling adventurous, I went for what seemed like an unusual combination: oak-smoked salmon on roasted beetroot with wasabi cream. The sharp-sweet beetroot perfectly off-setting the more mellow tone of the salmon. And this was the gentlest wasabi known to man; just a light piquancy added to the dressing. Spot on.
Next up was a slate board to share of mushroom scotch egg, Yorkshire asparagus veloute and white truffle oil.
And more….Karage chicken, Yuzu dressed fine beans with a wasabi emulsion.
I just love an unexpected surprise, whiskey smoked duck, sweet potato, orange and ginger sauce. Truly smoked!
The desert small plate was a perfect finale, rich chocolate brownie, coconut panna cotta with red bean ice cream.
We finished with a pot of Hebdens jasmine green tea, a big hit with me.
This is a super bistro, minutes from York Theatre Royal, and in a position on York’s Gillygate that is fast becoming a foodie street bordering on its ancient city walls. I would pop in any time of the day!