We visit this restaurant every so often and have always enjoyed the welcome, the atmosphere and the food. For years there were two parts, the upstairs and downstairs, a formal restuarant upstairs and an informal wine bar downstairs. There used to be two separate kitchens, chefs, staff etc, but over the last two years have merged these into one, closing the upstairs kitchen and enlarging the downstairs (probably in reverse order) so that the chef's quality and oversight can permeate both areas.
This used to have an effect on the prices as well, as the upstairs restuarant was more expensive, but the food was of good quality, and the wine bar menu favoured towards bar meals of burgers and fish & chips.
This merge has also had an effect on the menu, where there were different menus and specials, there is now one, with slightly larger choice and a variety to offer from fish & chips (still a favourite), through pizzas and Italian range of food to fine wines and steaks.
So tonight's visit was unplanned, just dropped in and Enzo found us a table for two and we arranged for a large glass of chilled Pinot Grigio and a draught Peroni beer to settle in.
For starters, Black Truffle and mushroom Ravioli looked and tasted as good as expected and my wife's toasted bread with oil & Balsamic was so large it was shared by both of us. It did require a complementary (but grudged) exchange of a little Ravioli to calm any grief.
The 'Surf and turf' for two was absolutely perfect, the bowl of chips to share and pepper sauce were excellent, but the 18oz steak was perfectly cooked, carved at the table onto two portions and served with succulent prawns on skewers for only £32. Where else could you get a lovely steak and Prawns main course for only £16 each?
The bill was around £50 for two well satisfied but hopefully discerning diners.
This restuarant is a favourite, you get a warm welcome from Enzo and you can eat as little or as much as you wish from a good range of choices to suit every budget. But that steak was beautiful and highly recommended. They use a farm at Girvan for their provisions of meat, who also supply some of the top restuarants in the west.