Milan restaurant situated on Banks Road, West Kirby is an extremely popular contemporary restaurant with a sophisticated feel, original works of art and a chilled and laid back jazz sound track playing subtly in the background.
Warmly greeted by Martyn – the restaurant owner and hands on manager, we were shown to our window table overlooking the bustling West Kirby high street and presented with the carefully selected menu and wine list. We asked Martyn to recommend a bottle of wine so he suggested his favourite bottle of white – the beautiful Cloudy Bay. Priced at £33 per bottle this Sauvignon Blanc is a pale straw green in colour with an exotic fusion of fresh ginger. It has a mouthwatering, juicy yet refreshing crispiness… excellent choice.
To start, we decided to sample the Crispy Belly Pork, Chestnut Mushroom & Butterbean Tagliatelle and Pan Fried King Prawns & Chorizo. The Crispy Belly Pork was pretty and delicate – cooked in a crunchy batter and served with a plum and apple relish. It was delicious and incredibly tender. The Tagliatelle was stunningly presented with fabulous aromas – notably garlic. The butterbeans worked really well with the Chestnut mushrooms and rich tomato flavours. The King Prawns were spectacular – roasted with garlic and tomato, the intense flavours worked their magic with chorizo being the perfect added ingredient to this excellent starter.
For mains, we opted for Calves Liver, Grilled Salmon Supreme and the Honey Glazed Belly Pork. All dishes were of a generous portion size with excellent presentation. The Calves Liver was cooked perfectly pink – tender and served in a rich and delicious Marsala sauce. The Salmon was fresh and juicy with a buttery texture, served with a mixed salad of tomato, cucumber, onion and a balsamic glaze – this dish works great throughout all seasons. Finally, the Belly Pork… braised slowly for over 4 hours in cider and then pan fried in a delicious lemonade batter… one word – outstanding! We paired our meals with a fabulous Malbec ‘Lunta’. Reasonably priced at £29 per bottle – this is an intense and very fruity wine with notes of raspberries, plums, black cherries and cassis.
After a short rest… we decided to order desserts. We opted for the Classic Tiramisu, Homemade Chocolate Brownie and Lemon Cheesecake. The Tiramisu was light with rich flavours of Marsala and a subtle hint of coffee. The homemade chocolate brownie was sticky… gooey… chocolatey… orgasmic! Perfectly crunchy on the outside with a melt in your mouth middle… served with vanilla ice cream, this dish was fabulous. Finally, lemon cheesecake… served in an individual demi jar – this dessert is made to order. Smooth and delicious with clean citrus flavours and accompanied by a wonderfully crunchy base… top marks to Milan!
Our entire dining experience was excellent. Martyn and Head Chef, Rob really are great guys and totally dedicated to providing an excellent dining experience for all guests – their enthusiasm and love of Milan shines through, which is brilliant.
The restaurant is reasonably priced at £16 for a starter and main course and £20 on Friday and Saturdays. We will definitely be returning – this is a ‘Wirral Life’ gem!
To book call 0151 625 6767 or visit www.milantherestaurant.co.uk