Diners at the Blackmoor Dining Room in Leeds could be forgiven for thinking they’d been delivered the wrong dish when their ‘beans on toast’ dessert is set down before them.
But it’s actually a mind-boggling new menu creation from innovative chef James Dempsey.
The carefully-crafted lemon cake ‘toast’, mango and vanilla panna cotta ‘fried egg’ and marzipan ‘baked beans’ has emerged as the signature dish at his new dining experience.
It is not the first time that Mr Dempsey has turned a classic dish on its head.
Three years ago he shot to fame when he brought the ‘British Burrito’ to the masses. The Yorkshire pudding wrap filled with roast beef became a viral sensation and has since been replicated across the county.
“I just love working with simple dishes, great ingredients then putting my own special twist on them and transforming them into an experience. That’s exactly the thinking behind the menu at Blackmoor Dining Room,” he explained.
“The Yorkshire pudding wrap still gets tongues wagging and I hope that my sweet beans on toast will prove as popular – tomato ketchup is optional!”
Mr Dempsey said the dish had been inspired by fellow chef Ben Churchill, but to his knowledge it was the first time that it has been available on a restaurant’s menu.
He admitted it took some serious shifts in the kitchen to nail the dish.
“It took a couple of attempts to get the texture of the egg right but using the panna cotta means it’s the same consistency as a real fried egg. It messes with your mind a bit.”