This was our first visit to Blackfriars; I’m not a vegetarian but not a big meat-eater so I hadn’t found anything appealing when consulting the online menu. This week I spotted Mrs Bell’s soufflé so we decided to go.
It was balmy evening so the windows and doors were open, giving a perfect ambience in a perfect setting. The history of the place is amazing.
We were given complimentary bread and butter; words cannot describe how fantastic it was. The bread had a great crust and was so tasty; the butter salty and generously portioned. To be honest we had three lots!
We were brought a complimentary shot of potato, apple and celeriac soup; a nice touch.
For main course, I had Mrs Bell’s soufflé which came with spinach and winter vegetables. Joey had said if I found it too small a portion they would be able to table a side portion within no time at all. As it was the portion size was perfect for me and the soufflé very tasty.
Hubby ordered the beef skirt with roasted shallot purée, kale & smoked butter, girolles, crispy bone marrow and a of Dauphinoise potatoes – all of which he said was fantastic.
We had intended to have dessert but were too full at this stage so we had coffee and took our time finishing a good bottle of French Pinot Noir. By the time we left we realised we’d been there for almost two hours and were never hurried by any of the staff though to be fair, it wasn’t a very busy night.
During our very relaxed meal, we were mostly served by Joey who was brilliant; capable and very amusing! We noticed the bill included a 10% tip which would have been split between all staff so we deducted that from the bill and gave Joey the 10% directly which seemed altogether more fair.
Total bill was a very reasonable £52.
We are now about to book for Burns Night in January 2014!
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