Neither my husband or I are vegetarian, but his daughter and her partner are. So for a Sunday lunch together, this seemed like a good choice - we've eaten, and like the food, at Simon Rimmer's other restaurant, Earle, and know some of the menu crosses over. We managed to get some on street parking - I can see that being an issue on a busy night as there aren't any car parks nearby but there are loads of bars and restaurants etc.
We were greeted warmly and shown to our table. I always like to see restaurants busy and this was bustling. However, menus arrived quickly, as did drinks. While waiting for the other 2 we tried the veggie black pudding nibbles. They were delicious and tasty. The menu had plenty of choices on it, even for our fussiest eater. The staff were friendly and helpful, suggesting we get our order in before a big party!
The starters were pretty good - I had the soup, which was sweet potato, red pepper and canellini beans. Lovely.
All the main courses were big! I had 2 huge enoki mushroom spring rolls, served with a lovely laksa. It was a tough job to eat so much, but I did it. The flavours were beautiful, although I could have handled some more chilli. One of us had the Sunday roast - nut roast, roast new potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. He said it was really good. I can't comment on it; it's too veggie for me!
3 of us had desserts - the banana and blueberry pudding was fine, nothing special, but the ginger cheesecake with salted caramel sauce was probably the nicest cheesecake I've ever had. Absolutely delicious.
For 4 of us, including wine and soft drinks, the bill came to £127, which I thought was pretty good value for what we had.
Will I go back? Yes, but not too often, because I still like to have meat and fish on the menu too. And Earle does them rather well.
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