Dine on a Diet – The White Peacock

September 3, 2015

I enjoyed a really terrific tasting menu at the White Peacock on New Walk last night, another one of a series of events put on by personal training group UFit Studio. Owner Joe Hanney has worked with Leicestershire restaurants to develop healthy eating menus that helps those looking to get fit or lose weight to realise that they can still enjoy eating out as part of their regime.

In fact I think the healthy eating focus actually shows Phil Sharpe’s cooking at The White Peacock at its best anyway. In recent years he has managed increasingly to focus on clarity of flavours and fine ingredients – you won’t find rich cream sauces or big piles of mash or roasties here. But nothing on the plate last night felt in any way compromised.

We started with a beautiful collection of beetroot carpacccio with crushed toasted pinenuts along with beetroot gel, tomato sorbet, bloody mary shot and a light as air goats cheese mousse.  This was fine, light and delicate but in no way mimsy.

WP_20150902_21_11_21_ProNext up, beautifully rare  pigeon breasts on a timbale of spinach with toasted sesame and superfood blueberry dressing, followed by seared kings prawns with a mango and chilli salsa and microherbs. We had a little introduction on why and how each dish was prepared with diet in mind but we didn’t convincing  – this was great food full stop.

WP_20150902_21_41_48_ProA lime and grapefruit sorbet palate cleanser was served to great effect with a little avocado – high in nutrients and “the right kind” of fats.

Main course again featured some excellent cooking  –  incredibly moist and flavourful Cotswold white chicken breast with carrot puree and  thai-spicied polenta. Polenta is high in fibre,  low in fat and cholesterol, and generally I’ve found very high in dullness. This, though it didn’t looking particularly appealing,  was something of a revelation – substantial but surprisingly light, bringing both crunch and airy texture and some great spicy heat.

We finished with a superbly wobbly coconut and lemongrass pannacotta. The lemongrass largely lost out to the coconut milk that replaced the more usual double cream but a really enjoyable desert along with a bright apple sorbet and cherries.

I’m not sure how many of these dishes will find their way onto the regular menu, but as I suggested this is very much the style anyway.  A pleasure, then, to eat six such fine dishes and not be bloated.

One Response to “Dine on a Diet – The White Peacock”

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