Liverpool music and food venue Buyers Club has been a dab hand at bringing a swagger to the city's more intimate parties, with the likes of Greg Wilson, LTJ Bukem and Mele all dropping by the space in recent times. That aural sophistication is also matched by a degree of culinary excellence, as we found out when we sampled the wares midweek.
The venue has a lo-fi appeal, where exposed brick walls, terracotta pottery and minimal lighting compliment a chilled atmosphere, replete with bar staff picking their own tunes on vinyl. We got fully stuck into the small plates menu, opting for the Ham Hock, Spiced Culotte Roast and Gnocchi.
The latter was undoubtedly the highlight of the meal, coated in an indulgent amount of truffle oil and moreishly salty, the dense, doughy dumpling balls were luxuriously rich, served steaming hot on a rustic iron pan skillet. Complete with juicy chestnut mushrooms and crispy sage, this dish is the ultimate treat for an autumnal evening. We'd recommend doing as we did and washing them down with a glass of their crisp prosecco.
The other dishes were also worthwhile, the duck egg's fatty yolk the perfect accompaniment for the hard rye bread with the hock, whilst the beef was perfectly rare, but we're not looking any further than our potato pasta friends when we plan our next return.
We also plumped for the cheese, pickles, chutney and sourdough option of British Deli Board, which would also be a great accompaniment to a couple of drinks as well part of a full meal, dovetailing perfectly with our other beverage choice (two pints of Revisionist ale).
Classics like the mature cheddar Black Bomber sat next to stronger offerings like Mrs Bells Blue, the latter's creaminess particularly indulgent. They were accompanied by pickled onion, carrot and cauliflower delivered a contrasting bite of tangy crunchiness against the variety of flavours brought in by the cheese, an option which is bound to find even more favour as a post work option once the darker nights draw in.
Overall we were very impressed by the Buyers Club's ambience as well as the food, with everything good quality and a real standout dish in the shape of the Gnocchi. Whatever the level of hunger, there's enough options and variety to indulge even the most demanding of palettes.
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