I decided to try an old favourite. A place I hadn’t been to for about four years. I booked The Restaurant Bar & Grill on John Dalton Street, hoping the food would be as good as I remembered.
We arrived in good time and decided to have a couple of drinks in the relaxed bar area downstairs. The cocktails were great and the Elderflower & Grapefruit Mojito, in particular, was excellent. The restaurant was very busy and I think they were a little short on staff that night as the service was very slow.
Complimentary bread was served. It was warm, soft and helped to soak up the alcohol. When the starters finally arrived, after a long delay, they were beautifully presented. My wife ordered the King Prawn Tempura with Chilli and Lime Jam. Not the largest portion but it had an amazing taste: spicy and sweet with a zing. I ordered the Thai Spiced Fish Cakes with coconut and lime leaf sauce. A good-sized, flavoursome starter with a delicate aroma. A great choice. One of our friends ordered the Crispy Duck Spring Rolls with Plum and Pineapple Sauce: a large satisfying starter crammed with duck. No complaints about any of the starters.
We had to wait around 45 minutes for our main courses. I ordered the Sea Bass in Tikka Spices with mint yoghurt. It consisted of two good-sized fillets that were very well cooked and tasted divine. It was probably one of the better fish dishes I have had for a while. My wife ordered the Malayan Chicken with sweet potato, coconut and lime. It was a tasty dish but was served with too much sauce, which made it a bit sickly after a few mouthfuls. Not a main course I would recommend. One of our friends ordered the 225g Sirloin, which he said was good but not as good as he’d had at other restaurants; he also mentioned that for nearly £22.00 it was a little expensive.
Although we were reaching our limit, desserts are a must in an establishment like this. The Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Sorbet looked too good to eat, but was swiftly devoured. The Banoffee Eton Mess was missing the sharpness of either strawberries or raspberries and was therefore was too sweet. The Dark Chocolate Fondant, with salted caramel ice cream, was a winner: very soft sponge with a hot gooey centre and accompanied by very tasty ice cream.
The bill took a long time to arrive and when it did it brought a tear to my eye. The prices at Restaurant Bar & Grill are a little high, but given the quality of food it is definitely worth a try.