We do like Partisan. It’s a relaxed, laid back place with scrubbed tables, original art, vintage furniture courtesy of their tie in with the antique shop, the French House. Our sort of place.
It’s run by Florencia Clifford and Hugo Hildyard. Florencia’s Argentinian birth, her Scottish, Italian and French heritage and time in the US gives Partisan a global reach which is fully indulged.
The food created and prepared in partnership with her excellent chef James Gilroy is exciting, original and packed with flavour and while they offer both meat and fish dishes they pay proper respect to fruit and vegetables using plantains, pomegranate, sweet potato and the humble cauliflower all to brilliant effect.
Daytime dining is just as imaginative as evening. I don’t know anywhere else in York that serves Persian eggs (scrambled with spinach, onions, dates, yoghurt, dukkah) for breakfast or for that matter, Mexican eggs (fried eggs, refried beans, avocado, salsa, sour cream) along with the regular full English or veggie breakfast.
At lunch you can head for Bibimbap (spicy rice, beef, mushrooms, veg, fried egg, kimchi) or their best selling aubergine parmigiana before moving on to delicious cakes and sweet things.
Post lockdown the tables have been reduced to just four inside and a handful outside in their garden and a takeaway menu.
You’ll find Partisan featured on our Favourite page and you can read a fuller review here.