Panoramic 34 in West Tower, Liverpool is one of the UK’s highest restaurants where you can enjoy the magnificent Liverpool skyline. This is a stunning restaurant with a unique location and superb reputation – Wirral Life couldn’t wait to try it out!
Greeted by Restaurant Manager, Lubo, we were shown to our crisp white linen table with ambient lighting underneath – a nice touch. We opted for the fixed lunch menu, reasonably priced at £29 for two courses and £34 for three courses. There is also an a la carte menu available and afternoon tea.
To start we chose: Charred Smoked Salmon served with salmon mousse, apple, and english wasabi powder. This was a very impressive dish. Presented beautifully with a delicious combination of delicate flavours and textures. We paired it with a classic Chardonnay, Vina Mar which had tropical, ripe and creamy flavours to complement the fish.
Chicken and Leek Terrine served with pickled shallot, and a parmesan scone with tarragon butter. This came with a baby leek salad and pea puree. The terrine was to die for – seriously tasty! For this dish, we paired with a Sauvignon Blanc, Eradus Estate, Marlborough. Classic.
Beetroot & Goats Cheese Cannelloni served with pine nuts and frisee. This was such a beautiful dish. The lush pink goats cheese mixed with the beetroot worked very well. We paired with a bottle of Beaujolais-Villages, La Cave de la Croissee – elegant, light, cherry rich.
For mains, we opted for: Braised Beef Cheek with celeriac puree, kohlrabi remoulade and truffle sauce. The beef was perfectly done, so tender it just fell apart, the truffle was an ideal companion – staggeringly good. Paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon Kirstenbosch, Paarl. Dark plum, seductively rich and weighty.
Pork Belly served with puffed black rice, pickled radish, coriander and a master stock jus (that you sip from a little cup). The jus really lifted the rich and meaty but buttery soft pork to another level. Washed down with a Rioja Joven, Altos de Barroja – perfect for this dish.
Seared Mackerel Fillet, braised red pepper, mussel fritter, fennel and mussel mayonnaise. Delicate yet packed with a variety of flavours all round. The mussel fritter was an interesting idea and delicious. We enjoyed this dish with one of our favourite wines – Picpoul de Pinet Domaine de Morin Langaran. Get a glass of this every time it’s on the menu.
For dessert we ordered: Pecan Pie with caramel ice cream, lemon tuille and treacle. A perfect pud for the winter – it was rich, warm and intensely sweet. Chestnut Sponge with praline mousse, ginger nut, whipped cream. This was indulgent… heaven basically. Mango Apple, caramelised apple, chocolate sponge, Malibu ganache, lemon sorbet… comes served with what looks like a whole apple, but break into it and it oozes with ultra refreshing mango mousse – very clever. Feeling satisfied and very impressed with our whole experience, we treated ourselves to the Cocktail of the Month. We also had the opportunity to meet the gifted and passionate head chef – Dominic, a solid culinary talent.
In summary: Panoramic 34 offers an outstanding fine dining experience in a magnificent setting, with exquisite food, an extensive wine list and a relaxed, chilled atmosphere – you are guaranteed a fabulous time. 5 Stars.
To book call, 0151 236 5534.