Restaurant partners enjoy a purple reign

sp92798 Aubergine Restaurant Matt Rushton and Nikki Parker.
sp92798 Aubergine Restaurant Matt Rushton and Nikki Parker.

The resurgence of business in the Chesterfield area as been well documented of late. Much of the focus has been on the Chatsworth Road area and while we rejoice in the success of that area of town, the success of others parts of Chesterfield should not be overlooked.

Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor is a good example, containing some exciting new businesses. One such business found among the diverse selection of restaurants and eateries is the Aubergine Coffee Shop and Restaurant.

The restaurant, which opened recently, is the realisation of a dream for talented local chef Matt Rushden. Matt has experience of working in London for Gordon Ramsey as well as locally at The Peacock at Rowsley, The White Horse at Woolley Moor and the nearby Casa Hotel. Matt is assisted in the business by his partner Nikki Parker, the couple having put their wedding plans on hold earlier this year when they saw the ideal premises for their business become available.

On arrival at Aubergine we found the restaurant to be spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated in a modern theme.

We were welcomed and seated in the very comfortable waiting area to peruse the menu and the extensive and reasonable priced wine list, When seated at the table we were presented with complimentary slices of home-baked specialty bread with accompanying flavoured butter.

For my starter I chose the Cheese Souffle with Cheddar Cheese Sauce (£6.25). When reviewing a restaurant the cheese souffle is a good test of a chef’s ability, there is no margin for error with this particular dish. I have to say Matt passed this test with flying colours, the souffle was cooked to perfection, very light with a delicious creamy Cheddar cheese sauce, all served piping hot. My wife was delighted with the flavour and light texture of her Crab and Prawn Fishcakes served with garlic mayonaise (£5.25)

For my main course I selected the Fillet of Sea Bass with Sauteed Potatoes and Lemon Butter Sauce, served with seasonal vegetables (£13.95). Two beautiful sea bass fillets perched on top of sauteed potatoes accompanied by lemon butter sauce, once again beautifully cooked and served with flavours to die for. Across the table, a vegetarian option of Cherry Tomato, Pesto and Brie Tart with salad and new potatoes was equally enjoyed. Both of these dishes were accompanied by a large glass of refreshing Shiraz.

At this point, although we felt rather full, we could not resist the desserts on offer and after some deliberation, we decided to share the Blueberry Tart with Clotted Cream (£5.25). The melt in the mouth pastry and the lingering flavours of this dish stay with you for some time afterwards..

After the meal we relaxed with a cup of coffee, from the list of several beverages on offer, the perfect end to a perfect meal.

The Aubergine Coffee Shop and Restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunches with varied menus and offers half portions at half the menu price for children and senior citizens.

All in all a wonderful dining experience with beautifully cooked food and hard-working attentive staff, I will definitely return and would recommend it to my friends.

I am not the sort of person who would give full marks, as I always believe there is room for improvement, however I am struggling to find a reason not to award five stars.

Rating: Five stars.

Aubergine, Chesterfield

Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

Telephone: (01246) 269 631