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Bank Restaurant: Stylish and contemporary
It's large, it's contemporary, it's a destination, it's part of the Brindley Place development. Bank has basically everything going for it. Thankfully, the kitchens live up to expectations. Walk past the lively and chic bar (or stop off for a pre-dinner/lunch drink), past the open-plan kitchen and on to the open dining area at the back.
The menu is diverse (definately a pan-asian influence) but without being overly fussy where you're bombarded with seveal different flavours on one plate. So you can get (excellent) fish and chips, simple but sumptuous steaks but then roasted halibut with crab & herb crumb asparagus dressing, or marinated breast of chicken with Malayan spices, sweet potato, coconut & lime. It's also excellent for vegetarians (fish or non-fish eating).
Favorite Dish: The food here is magnificent and pefectly reasonably priced for the quality (£11 - 22 mains).
My favourite memories however (the food was so good and a given) are watching my dad trying to get into the male toilet (the doors were flush and unsigned - a design feature) - it took him several minutes to even find it: and my mom indicating that she really liked the tomato juice with all the vegetables. Problem was it was a pitcher of the strongest Bloody Mary I had ever tasted - and my mom is not normally a drinker of anything more than half a glass of wine. But she enjoyed the 'tomato juice' :)
They do have fixed menus for lunch and dinner, which are well worth exploring.
The Bank: The Bank
Very corportate - especially good for business, a bit sterile for a romantic evening for two. The cocktails are exceptionally good, but quite expensive.
Favorite Dish: Crispy Duck Wanton was nice as was the grilled lobster. Try the dark chocolate ice cream - it's dead nice!
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