This cosy but chic neighbourhood restaurant serves coffee by day and turns it up a notch at night by offering simple flavoursome food.
Tucked away in a little courtyard on St Mary’s Road, Restaurant Fifty Eight is truly a hidden gem in Market Harborough. Owners Vik and Lisa Sherma took over just over a year ago after moving from France.
A cafe (they call it a lounge) by day and bar/restaurant by night, the decor of Fifty Eight has tried to reflect a ‘care free Cuban spirit’. If that’s the case, it’s a very relaxed and paired down Cuban spirit but I really liked the simplicity of it all – it was cosy and chic – tiled floors, lots of rattan, large wicker candle holders, accents of brown, pops of greenery here and there all thanks to Lisa.
The building itself is quite small but they’ve done well making the space work for the concept. The cafe/bar is at the front while the restaurant opens up at the back. It’s got a lovely neighbourhood vibe and is the kind of place I’d like to come to for a quiet drink.
Let’s be clear here, the food here is not inspired by Cuba. No siree, the food here is British…with the occasional Asian twist as Vik likes to get a bit more eclectic with the food.
It’s a small place so things are done slightly differently here. The menu is short and sweet with just a few seasonal options for starters and mains. Vik tells me this is for two reasons, so that the food can be cooked fresh when ordered, and secondly as they’re aim is to move towards zero food waste. Admirable for a new restaurant and something of a trend I have seen with other recent openings too.
Dinner began with the Goat’s cheese for starters. It came with tomatoes, olive tapenade and toasted crostini meanwhile, my friend picked the spicy king prawns and came with a salsa and a sweet chilli sauce.
The mains were were simple but flavoursome. Mine was a roasted veggies, greens and cous cous. My friend ordered the spiced lamb steak which came with harissa cous cous, veggies, greens and feta. While my dish was tasty, I think it could have done with something extra on the plate to make it that liiittle bit more filling.
Instead of dessert we had cocktails but there’s a range of home made ones to choose from if you fancy something sweet.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: Couples wanting a quiet spot in town, friends, the Sunday lunch sounds good; they put together a special menu but when it’s gone, it’s gone (standing by their zero food waste stance).
Not for: Those that want a loud and lively place, kids are welcome but I didn’t see any highchairs – probably better to bring them on a Sunday.
The damage: Starters from £5.95 and mains from £12.95. Lunch on Sunday, 2 courses £15.95 3 courses 18.95