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By Lauren Hughes

If ever there was a restaurant to elevate Liverpool’s already thriving dining scene, this is it. NORD is a new luxury venue on Old Hall Street which fuses northern hospitality with Michelin-influenced dining, and The Boutique Handbook were among the first to visit.

Local chef Daniel Heffy honed his craft at restaurants around Scandinavia, including the three Michelin star Frantzén in Stockholm, and this certainly shows in the food.

Dishes are elegant and thoughtful with Scandi flourishes and a focus on local, sustainable ingredients. It’s food that’s crafted with love and made for sharing. But before we get into the details, let’s start with the setting. 

Nestled in Liverpool’s bustling commercial quarter, NORD’s interiors are a medley of dusky pink and forest green shades, with plush seating and retro nods. The lighting is spot on, with huge Seventies-style pendants adorning the ceiling. It’s clear NORD takes its aesthetic as seriously as its food. 

NORD restaurant Liverpool interiors
The restaurant takes its aesthetic as seriously as the food. Credit: NORD

The central focus is an attention-grabbing wraparound bar, serving up classic cocktails and wines that have been selected with care. I opt for a glass of Serveaux Pur Meunier Brut Grower Champagne (£11), while my guest has an Old Fashioned(£13) that perfectly was balanced and very moreish, I’m told.

Once seated we consult the wine list and after much deliberation over the extensive offering, we go old hat with two glasses of Rippa Dorri Roble (8, 175ml), a smooth and fruity Tempranillo. As delicious as these mellow glasses of wine were to sip on as we ordered our dishes, they were a mere accompaniment to what was a near impeccable meal at NORD. 

I’d recommend starting with a dozen Colchester Oysters (£3 each) served with traditional sides of Tabasco and a squeeze of lemon; so delicious they don’t need anything else. 

NORD restaurant Liverpool Cornish Crab Toast
The Cornish Crab Toast. Credit: NORD

Next we tucked into delicate Cornish White Crab, served with Sour Cream and Fennel on Butter Fried Toast (£16). But it was the Black Pudding Scotch Egg with Apple Ketchup and Pickled Celeriac (£11) that stole the show. Its deep, rich flavours perfectly balanced with its sharp and tangy accompaniments. 

By far the most exciting thing on the menu for us was the Cumbrian Porterhouse Steak with Jus Gras (£78 for two). Cooked perfectly and accompanied by Roasted Jersey Royal Potatoes with Café de Paris Butter (£6) and a Spring Salad (£6). The portion size of the steak is very generous and would easily feed three to four diners, with a few more sides thrown in for good measure. 

Supremely satisfied, my companion and I only had room to share a dessert between us, and the Duck Egg Crème Brûlée (£7) sounded too good to miss. Our waiter explained duck eggs have a higher yolk/white ratio so tend to work better in desserts and soufflés. Light and creamy, it was the perfect end to our delicious meal. 

Cumbrian Porterhouse Steak NORD restaurant Liverpool
The Cumbrian Porterhouse Steak to share. Credit: NORD

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, want to impress on date night, or simply have a craving for fine dining in luxurious settings, NORD is a solid choice. Every dish we sampled was as delicious as the last. 

While the food is undoubtedly top quality, the experience is anything but stuffy, with down-to-earth and friendly staff ready to impart their foodie wisdom without sounding too pretentious. It’s clear that a love of food is a minimum requirement for a job at NORD, from the waiting staff to the barmen and chefs in the kitchen. 

Best for: Date nights, special occasions, fine dining, experimental food, business meetings 

NORD at 100 Old Hall St, Liverpool, L3 9QJ is open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 10pm

Prices start from £5 for a small plate to around £78 for a sharing dish, and the menu changes frequently

Book a table at NORD here

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