My wife and I visited the Plum Tree, possibly at it's busiest day of the year.........the Merchant City Festival.............so perhaps this review is slightly unkind.
We booked the steak dinner deal for a late lunch. 2 mains plus a bottle of wine for £25, so not a lot paid, but the earlier reviews had us hoping for more than was delivered.
We got a couple of starters, olives and humous. Absolutely fantastic, the large green olives stuffed with little garlic bulbs, and the lemon flavoured humous as good as you will get in the Med.
The house wine, Sav Blanc, was reasonable but nothing special, but anticipation of our steaks (cooked medium) after having sampled excellent starters was making our mouths water.
The presentation was lovely, the potatoes (roasted) the tomato (lightly grilled) and the bit of mushroom were very nice. DRUMROLL............................................the steak, dry, fatty, overly salted, must have been placed in the pan at the time of ordering. The quality of the meat was not the best. If the restaurant could up the price to £35 and give a better cut of beef, it would compliment a lots of great local produce in this bistro.
The accompanying peppercorn sauce was missing peppercorns too, but not unpleasant.
It was a warm afternoon. The AC was on full blast, and the fans spinning merrily, but with the door opened it meant their effect was negligible. We sweated................a lot!
Staff were worked off their feet, but very attentive and pleasant. I think we caught this place on a bad day, and unfortunately we wont be back, not for dinner at least.
Great location. Almost at Candleriggs, but the bistro is a little confused. I am not sure what it's identity is meant to be. Cafe/Bistro? Yes, but please no more steak dinners.
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