The Living Room’s winter 2013 menu
We went along to The Living Room to try out their new Winter Menu for 2013. Whilst waiting for Mr Foodie, I found the cocktail menu – cocktails for £3.50 all day Tuesday to Friday – so that was me sorted!
After a little wait, enough for an Apple Mojito, Mr Foodie appeared and we were quickly shown to our booth in the restaurant area.
Mini Spicy Chorizo in Cider £3.45
Proper Spanish cooking chorizos – wonderfully spicy and piping hot stubby chorizo sausages in a hot sauce served with warm toasted bread – a perfect beer snack – so we had to order some 10 saints beer from Barbados, which is aged in rum casks like Innis & Gunn Rum Finish beer, but I’d say it tasted more like Corona – an easy-to-drink fizzy, light, malty and sweet lager.
Comes wrapped up in a brown paper bag – this was on the old menu and we’d had it before but it was less greasy and more crisp this time. Tender and meaty scampi with a rather lovely piquant tartare sauce, which was creamy with chunky pieces and an enjoyable vinegar tang.
Crispy Polenta (V) with goats curd, truffle honey and fig £6.95
Looking for a starter which is a little bit different? The polenta cakes had a crunchy coating but were light inside with some delicate sliced fig and a light creamy goat cheese curd which was very mild – a goats cheese for people who don’t like goats cheese!
A good hearty winter dish. Nicely cooked meaty duck which was pink inside. Served with gorgeous fluffy potatoes (well very very thick cut chips!) with a crisp duck fat exterior, tender kale and a Christmassy poached pear (we’re thinking of doing something similar for our own Christmas dinner this year!)
Roast Monkfish with black bean, sesame, chilli, crispy rice cake and choi sum £19.95
Meaty monkfish served oriental style with an assortment of Asian veg and a huge crunchy rice cake. Lovely sweet peppers and a flavour of the east but not overly spicy or over-powering.
Hot chocolate fondant with toasted coconut ice cream (v) £5
Served in a teacup – it smelled great!
Warm, chocolatey and gooey, especially with the ice-cream melting into the warm interior – it tasted slightly orgasmic! An ideal pudding for chocolate lovers.
Choice of Ice Creams (v) £4.50 this bowl shows blood orange sorbet, salted caramel and pistachio
3 scoops – pistachio, salted caramel and blood orange sorbet. Creamy ice creams (yay!) with a tangy and refreshing crisp sorbet. A lighter dessert choice if you’re stuffed (which we both were) and not quite up to eating a solid pudding!
Espresso martini and Patron XO café tequila shot
And so to finish…The Living Room really excel at their Martinis and this decadent and creamy version with 3 coffee beans floating atop had both a strong aroma and taste of coffee – who needs regular coffee at the end of the meal when you can have an espresso martini!? We also had a shot of Patron XO coffee tequila on the side, so we were buzzing when we left – and on a school night!
Another highly satisfactory meal at the Living Room showcasing some great warming winter dishes with the usual nice touches and quality cocktails that we’ve come to expect. It was also good to see a beer we’d never seen before on the menu, staff were helpful and wonderful as always and the toilets were clean and spotless.
The new winter menu can be found HERE, the dessert menu HERE and a 30% off voucher HERE. Booking for xmas? Then click HERE. Also remember that you can sign up for a privilege card which can give you 20% off your food bill Sun – Fri.HERE.
TL;DR A great meal – the new additions to the menu are very tasty!