The Office: Take a break!
This modern bar got us with their lunch offer. Two meals for 5,99 pounds was all we were looking for. It´s right in the city center and we needed a break form carrying all our christmas sale shopping bags. I really liked the modern interiour as well. Modern, but not too fancy to feel good.
Favorite Dish: I had a two tuna rolls, which came with crispy chips and a side salad. Fair enough for a light lunch :)
The Left Bank: Suburban quality
For over ten years the Left Bank in Allerton has set the standard for local restaurants, and the recent tragic death of the young owner and the subsequent sale by his wife has not lowered its standing.
This intimate restaurant has provided us with many superb meals over the years including dinner on Christmas day last year and the quality has never disappointed.
When the restaurant was first opened there was a larger than life wood-carving of a naked Quasimodo hanging in the widow. This carving complete with intimate appendages quickly became a local landmark but unfortunately went when the original owner sold up.
At that time there was only one floor in what had been a small shop, but the addition of a tasteful iron staircase to the upper floor more than doubled the size but did not reduce the cosiness.
PS My photo is later than their web site! (Oct 2004)
Favorite Dish: I have no favourite dish as they are all superb and even the lunchtime menu is worth a try. This menu covers three courses, a soup, four starters and four main courses four a miserly £8.95. The price is reduced if only one or two are eaten.
I had potato & leek soup to start followed by a generous dish of panfried chicken livers in a garlic, mustard and chilli sauce. I asked for and was given a large basket of French bread with a pot of buttter.
My young daughter had the main course alone, a substantial chicken breast in black pepper and mushroom sauce with a side dish of vegetables. She could not finish it so I was able to add it to my tasting - excellent.
My wife, ever mindful of her figure, chose a starter alone, smoked salmon and mango salad without the honey and mustard dressing that it was offered with.
With a jug of iced water to wash it down this was an unbeatable delight for lunch at £12.40 for the three of us, as cheap as McDonalds!
The other dishes included rump steak in forrestiere sauce, roasted cod loin, garlic mushrooms and baked brie, goats cheese tartlet and roast vegetable pancake all with sauces and accompaniments.
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Ego: A touch of the Mediterranean
Ego is the third of this group of restaurants, the others being in Heswall and Chester.
The decor is bright with wooden floors and scrubbed wooden tables with no kitsch and a discrete modern jazz in the background makes conversation a pleasure. Many establishments are unaware that with increasing age, loud music makes conversation impossible.
The owners are able to take advantage of its being adjacent to the university and having a ready supply of bright student staff.
Across the road are 60 Hope Street, and the London Carriage Works, both in the top echelons of restaurants in the country. This means that standards have to be high and indeed they are, but cheaper than the opposition.
The food is plentiful and has top quality ingredients presented neatly and attractively without the chef needing to prove his building skills by putting all the ingredients in the middle of a large plate stacked up as high and narrow as possible.
Favorite Dish: Our trip today was Saturday lunchtime and I chose from the incredibly good value two-out-of-three menu at £6.90.
I started with Moules (14 large ones) in a rich white wine and cream sauce accompanied by a large slice of sun-dried tomato bread. Having has Moules in the South of France on many occasions I can confidently state that these were the best I have ever had.
The next course was a whole large chicken breast stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and ricotta (a soft Italian sheeps milk cheese).
It was served with carrots, broccoli and dauphinois potatoes served in a hot pan.
My wife requested extra broccoli which was quicky brought and not charged for. It is little things like that that make us return to a restaurant. My nine year old daughter had the chicken as well but opted for the dessert. She chose white chocolate and orange cheesecake, a large helping and delicious, I know, because there was so much that I had to finish it for her.
My wife restricted herself to the a la carte grilled swordfish with fennel date and orange salad, the third most expensive item at £13.95
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Soul Cafe: Cool Cafe for People Watching
I love the Soul Cafe. Sitting on the high seats in the window watching people go by. A good unpretentious menu and some nice specials. Great background music jazz and soul combined with no pressure to eat up and get out. Mixed crowd but popular with local students.
Favorite Dish: Banana & Peanut Butter Bagel - sublime!
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Mayur Restaurant: Indian Delight
If the term ‘Indian Restaurant’ conjures up images of benevolent looking elephant gods and flock wallpaper you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Mayur Restaurant. Established by a local Indian doctor, frustrated by the lack of fine Indian dining in Liverpool this is a stylish affair that combines contemporary surroundings with top class cuisine. Gone also is the encyclopaedic menu focussing instead on a range of signature dishes and a modest range of poultry, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, Oh yes, and if your a Liverpool fan I saw Momo Sissoko dining here and reckon others will follow.
Favorite Dish: My Lamb Rogan Josh was succulent with an excellent sauce complimented with fluffy rice, light Nan bread and Indian beer. The staff were friendly and attentive even though I hadn’t booked in advance. The restaurant had a lively buzz with a good mix of clients. The only slight disappointment was the lack of availability of some items on the sweet menu. Given however it has only been open a few weeks I’m sure such problems will be ironed out by the time you visit.
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The Pan American Club: trendy and stylish (the food is good too)
Tucked in the corner of the Albert Docks, this restaurant is relaxed, trendy and stylish.
On the ground floor, huge contemporary semi-circular sofas instead of dining chairs give a touch of cosiness to this stark, loft-style, rough brick building.
Towards the back of the building, semi private booths seat up to twelve and upstairs there is an a la carte restaurant with a more conventional lay-out (see photo)
There are long bars throughout all the restaurants. The atmosphere is quite relaxed at lunchtime.
The lunchtime menu is served downstairs from 12 - 6 pm, after this time, it becomes a place to meet and drink. Upstairs, food is served at lunchtime and in the evening.
We were only there for lunch but the evening drinks list was amazing - over 80 cocktails to choose from, all priced about 5.95 pounds. Plus a variety of gins, liqeurs, whiskies and wines. The champagne is priced from 25 pounds to 265 pounds(!)
At lunchtime there appeared to be no particular dress code but I should imagine in the evening this is definitely a place to dress up - so get those stilettos sharpened and get ready to mingle with celebrities.
I am determined to come to the a la carte upstairs restaurant one evening as it does look very special.
Favorite Dish: The lunchtime menu for the downstairs restaurant is simple and quick. Soup from 3.45 pounds and platters of sandwiches, salsa, Dim Sum and seafood from 7.95 pounds. The platters are suitable for two sharing.
There are a few dishes under the heading 'Italian menu', likewise 'Tennessee Grill'. There are several Caesar salads (plain, chicken/bacon, tuna, salmon) from 4.95 - 7.95 pounds and a variety of club sandwiches which come with fries and salad from 7.95 pounds.
The husband had a wonderful bowl of 'Dixie Pork Bangers' - spicy sausages with salsa and potato wedges. He thoroughly enjoyed it.
I had a chicken/bacon caesar salad. The bill with a pint of beer and a glass of wine came to about 21 pounds.
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60 Hope Street: superb cuisine, two restaurants in one
This is a very classy restaurant with a bistro-style bar and cafe in the basement and an extremely upmarket restaurant on the first floor. The basement level has a trendy bar and a relaxed atmosphere at lunchtimes. The lunchtime menu is extensive and unusual, about 10 starters and 10 main courses and also good value - a simple bowl of soup about £4 to meat/fish dishes at about £8-12 pounds. The staff are quite happy if you just want a coffee.
Upstairs in the evenings, this part of the restaurant is very upmarket and expensive but the food is wonderful. We usually order one of the specials rather than the menu but make sure you leave room for the puddings which are yummy. Side dishes are extra, the only niggle I have, as I think they should be included with the price of the main course. You will need to book for the evening and hope someone else will pick up the bill! Estimate at least £70 per head including wine.
Favorite Dish: I usually try something different each time and I've never been disappointed in either the bistro or restaurant.
Last Saturday in the basement bistro I had a simple bowl of houmus with hot bread for about 4 pounds. The daughter had chicken wraps (about 7.50 pounds) and the husband had a steak sandwich about 10 pounds.
The website for 60 Hope Street is now up and running and you can see the menu and some good photographs of the interior for yourself (the site uses flash). You may also be interested to click on the link here for another short review of 60 Hope Street.
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Henrys Table: Henrys Table at Derby Lodge
The Derby Lodge in Liverpool with the restaurant Henrys Table is a really beautiful building in an even more beautiful environemnt. The surroundings and view from the restaurant Henrys Table is just great.
The food is quite general British grilled meat, good and satisfying, but not with that extra touch. But for the atmosphere on the place, it's worth a visit.
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Alma de Cuba: Manna From Heaven
If your sad enough to like dining in the same place as footballer's wives this is the place for you! Those recently spotted include: Aabi Alonso, Steve Gerrard and fiance along with Wayne Rooney & Liverpools greatest shopper Colleen. For those who aren't impressed by such shallow things there is still a good reason for a visit. Alma de Cuba is housed in the sympathetically restored glory of a 300 year old Church. Complete with stained glass windows, alter and lit by candles this is a wonderful setting for an evening meal. Divided into two floors downstairs think drinks and tapas, upstairs Cuban influenced meats and vegetarian options. Be warned however tables for the weekend are booked weeks in advance. On a less positive note the staff are of variable quality as is the cooking.
Favorite Dish: Good steaks and paella
Pod: Phwoor - them Fish Cakes are Top Banana!
Pod is a Tapa's Bar and Wine Bar located along the Allerton Road/Penny Lane area of Liverpool.
Generally, the people who go eat and drink in her are twenty somethings and above - no tracksuited clad scallies in this joint!!
The tables in here are large so it is not very intimate if you are just having a drink with your loved one, (this does not apply to the restaurant area) however, if you are with your mates, it's great, you can get loads of you round the table and share a bottle or three of wine!
They will even do table service for your drinks if you ask nicely and tip appropriately!
At the back is the restauraunt area (and best bit). There are large tables for groups and intimate tables for all you lovers out there! The choice of tapas is not extensive, however there is enough choice to satisfy most tastes. (If you like fish go for the smoked haddock fish cakes with sweet chilli sauce - I dream about these babies, I crave them on a weekly basis - THEY ARE NOT TO BE MISSED!) After you have washed yo three/four/five tapas down with a bottle of wine, check out the dessert board. I often manage to squeeze in some Chocolate Cake or Pecan Pie - fantastic!
The whole place is relaxed, you will get no hassle in here!
The majority of the Staff are excellent, and will help you with anything you are not sure of on the Menu or wine list.
Favorite Dish: Fishcakes - See above!
Blue Bar and Grill: Make sure you have some Tapas
Blue Bar and Grill is a fantastic place for eating and drinking. It offer views of the River Mersey and the surrounding Albert Dock. It is quite family orientated in the daytime and full of cool people of all ages in the evening. Get a bottle of wine, glasses for your mates and go sit outside and gossip! It cannot be beaten. I love it!
In Summer you can sit outside and eat which is just fabulous. The staff are all really helpful and friendly and advise you on anything you are unsure of.
The menu is not exhaustive, but there really is something for everyone. You can go for Tapa's to share, get something from the grill or just simple (posh!) burgers.
If you dine inside, upstairs in the evening it is a little bit more formal, yet retains a relaxed atmosphere.
You sometimes see some celebs and football players in here, knocking back expensive Champagne. But it remains unpretentious!
Favorite Dish: The Tapa's are fantastic - no too pricey and not to filling. Excellent if you are planning a full blown night out after your meal.
Valparaiso: Chilean Sea Port in Liverpool
If your culinary and geographical knowledge is better than some of my mates (not hard) your response to the idea of eating at a Chilean restaurant will not be ‘Do I have to eat Guinea Pig?’ In fact, the Valparaiso Restaurant is one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets. The Chilean owners have created a small intimate establishment that owes its success to superb authentic food and excellent service rather than trendy websites and gimmicks. The menu changes regularly reflecting the availability of fresh ingredients that are slow cooked and beautifully presented. At weekends try to get a window seat and marvel at the steady stream of party people out on the lash!
Favorite Dish: Try one of the slow cooked fish dishes such as Sea Bass cooked with lime or
Pastel del Choclo a wonderful Chilean dish.
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Everyman Bistro: Eat & Meet
The Everyman Bistro is located in the basement of the Everyman Theatre. This is one of Liverpools better theatres. It has some how managed to avoid becoming a retirement home for TV glove puppets and ancient comedians. The Bistro is popular with students from Liverpool University, theatre patrons and people who work in the arts. I like it because it's very informal, has a great buzz, serves healthy and good sized offerings at reasonable prices. Also has a good selection of wines and bears.
Favorite Dish: The pasta options and couscous
The Blue Room: Great Location! Great Food!
Where the locals hang out. Upstairs restaurant with great service, great views of the docks. Downstairs is a bar and nightclub. From what I was told, it is a celebrity hang-out (Liverpool footballers, TV stars).
Favorite Dish: Obviously it was a fish dish, but they were all pretty good.
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Green Fish Cafe: A Dish From The Green Fish
The Green Fish is a fab' little cafe that sells vegetarian food and allows you to bring your own wine. The walls are nicely decorated with the work of local artists. All in all it's very bohemian and a welcome change from the corporate clones found on the high street
Favorite Dish: The Vegetarian Lasagne is a great choice
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