The Restaurant Bar and Grill,
0151 236 6703
12th November 2011
...Continued (from part one, here....).
We were handed the "Events" menu - slightly more limited than the full menu and aimed at groups of 9 and over - limited to make it easier for the kitchen to cope with a group simultaneously.
However, I did ask whether some of us could order from the main menu if nothing suited from the Events menu, with the understanding that doing so might throw timings out, and was told we could. Nice.
After much deliberation, I selected the Asparagus with Poached Egg, followed by the Rib-eye steak. I think that almost everything on the menu was ordered by someone in our group!
Someone ordered a bottle of PINOT GRIGIO BLUSH, (SANVIGILIO, CAVIT Italy, Venezie 2010 £19.95) (long story) and I ordered a bottle of MERLOT-MOURVEDRE, (LES OLIVIERS France, Pays dOc 2010 £24.95) and a bottle of MONTEPULCIANO DABRUZZO, (ANCORA Italy, Abruzzo 2009 £19.25).
My Asparagus was perfect - the Egg was poached to perfection. Everyone commented on how they were enjoying their starters.
While we waited for the main course, we shuffled our seating positions so everyone had a chance to talk to everyone else. This was just a little tricky due to the limited space, but no matter.
The main courses arrived. My steak was cooked precisely to my request (medium rare). Some dishes were served with "Chunky, hand-cut" chips, but the steaks were served with thinly-cut fries. Still quite acceptable.
There were certainly no complaints, and the only food which seemed to be left on plates was that in front of the ones who were on a diet. Even then, volunteers appeared who disposed of the excess!
Desserts were ordered, but I found there was nothing on the list which enticed me - mainly because I had already eaten more than enough.
Nevertheless, it seemed a shame to finish the meal "short" so I asked for a single scoop of vanilla ice cream, to be accompanied by an espresso coffee: I intended to make my own "Affogato".
When the ice cream arrived, however, it was served in a bowl exactly the same size as the scoop. There was no way I could add the coffee. The waiter very quickly provided a larger bowl, and my meal was complete!
There was an unfortunate incident: due to the rather confined space between our table and the next row, a waitress managed to spill a whole cup of coffee over my wife, drenching her blouse even to her underwear, and even splashing onto my coat.
I'm happy to say that the management handled the problem to our satisfaction.
As it happened, we were lucky that during the day, my wife had actually bought a new blouse, and so was able to change.
The bill, for thirteen of us, came to £616, including a discretionary 10% tip, or just over £47 per head.
"Buzzing" place. Service attentive without being overpowering. Slightly cramped for our large party, but well worth a visit.
See bar at right of page one.....