Given the size of the sharing platter here they really should just advertise with something along the lines of "You want meat? Oh do we have meat..."
But I'm getting ahead of myself, wind back to walking through the Art Deco entrance to this former bank and there's a lovely vibe, even with just a few of the tables occupied when we arrived. It's also nice to see a few of the Art Deco remnants remaining (or having been recreated), and the space afforded each table means you're not dining on top of each other. One thing worth mentioning though, if you're 6'3" tall then the booth tables along the window-wall are a slightly snug fit.
Let's get back aghead of ourselves. The starters are tasty, and a nice appetising way to begin, and the wine list is long enough, but also short enough, and has a range of prices. However let's step into this main event.
When we ordered the meat sharing platter we hadn't quite expected the massive board that arrived taking up half the table. On there were massive chunks of beef, ribs, pork, chicken wings - just piled high, with little condiment dishes to the side and a big bag of chips to go with it. We battled valiantly, savouring every mouthful, and in the end took home a doggy bag (actually, a catty bag as it turns out) of what we couldn't quite manage to tuck away. It's such a nice 'communal' way of eating - all with fingers (seriously, cutlery would just get in the way), occasionally laughing with each other at the sheer ridiculousness of it all.
It might seem a bit of a surprise, given the above, to know that I do have a slight gripe with the food. Trust me, it was lovely, and thoroughly enjoyed. The meat was cooked perfectly, falling off the bone and succulent, it's just you might expect a little bit more of a kick of flavour. It's hard to put a finger on it, but at the end, completely stuffed and happy, there was just this 'tiny smidge off perfection' feeling. And really it was just a really small amount, and it might just have bene that single particular platter. To be honest, it wouldn't put us off going back.
The waiting staff are so nice and friendly, and the bang for your buck so great, with that homely feel, and 'out of town' relaxation, that it would be churlish to deny a second visit.
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