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Dinner at 109 Allerton

Since March of this year, pretty pink cafe 109 Allerton has been owned and run by head chef Ray Taylor, who was inspired to open a more health-conscious restaurant in Liverpool after working and travelling in sunny Australia.

It would seem like the good people of Liverpool also like the lighter touch when it comes to their food. 109 usually has queues bursting out the doors for their protein pancakes, baked eggs and 'build you own' superfood bowls at breakfast and lunchtime... something I can attest to as I'm usually right there queuing with 'em (grilled chicken, halloumi and soy dressing..trust me).

Now I reckon it's not too difficult to create a healthy menu when it comes to breakfast food, but Ray's decided to go one step further and introduce a trickier (and much more intriguing) evening menu, complete with the same lighter touch as it's daytime plates but in a much more formal restaurant setting.

In contrast to the busy bustle of the daytime cafe, the evening space at 109 is a calm, candlelit haven. The tables have been rearranged, there's nice music playing, there's good wine and the food is just as attractive (if not more) as it is in the day time. 

Crab cakes, served with a creamy cayenne yoghurt were packed with sweet crab meat and, despite being pan-fried, were still light and super fresh. Likewise, the burrata bruschetta was super summery, topped with a mountain of crunchy green veg and a sprinkle of chilli to contrast the creamy cheese on the base. I ate the lot and somehow still managed to feel positively saintlike.

Mains were bigger but just as fresh and flavourful as the starters. The chicken supreme was tender and juicy, served with crushed new potatoes and green veg but packed with loads of flavour thanks to a salty 'bacon jam' and a sweet and spicy red pepper sauce.

The hake, cooked and served in a parcel, came with a bit of theatre. Opened at the table so you get the full whack of Thai aromatics from inside, a steamy plume of lemongrass, lime and chilli that have been baked inside with the fish.

I don't know what to say about desserts except that if they're as healthy as the rest of the food then I'll be very impressed! Anyone else like some pudding with their cream?

Whilst I don't think you should ever feel guilty after eating (something I try to remind myself of regularly!) the food at 109 Allerton is food that you can enjoy without feeling like you need to go home and lie on the couch afterwards. Instead, everything on the menu is fresh, healthy home-cooking but packed with flavour and served in the most beautiful of restaurant settings. Crucially, I'm not sure there's anywhere else doing healthy restaurant food like this in Liverpool at the moment- and you've got to admire them for that.


My meal at 109 Allerton was gifted in exchange for a  review. As always all opinions are completely honest and my own!


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