Friday, 10 January 2014

Food-views - The Living Room, Liverpool

Last week I headed out into Liverpool to celebrate the lovely Ginger Jaxxs birthday! We kicked off the celebrations with a meal at The Living Room. Jaxx has dined here before and has been recommending it to me for as long as I can remember! Not that I ever need persuading when it comes to food, we used her birthday as an excuse to head on in and check out their culinary delights.

Our table was booked for 5pm, being a Friday night we didn't know how busy it would get. We walked in and it was pretty deserted! That being said, empty or not, it still had a wonderful atmosphere. The bar in centre, then dining to the left, bar booths to the right, the place is much bigger than I thought! After being greeted with awesome scouse hospitality, we where shown to our reserved booth over on the dining side. Everything is so chilled and luxe, from the mirrors to the chandeliers and the white baby grand piano they have next to the dining area (later in the evening there is a pianist I'm told).

The a la carte menu is pretty extensive with a whole host of starts, mains, desserts and sides to choose from, as well as a pretty lengthy cocktails menu. They also offer a children's menu, supper club menu, Sunday menu and a lunch time menu - your spoilt for choice whenever you visit! They've even got some fantastic offers on at the minute including 2 for 1 cocktails (selected ones only) and 2 courses for £12 or 3 courses for £15 off a set menu (supper club menu). I really expected it to be much more expensive as the whole place has a really swanky, upper class feel to it.

To begin with, we ordered a delectable basil grande from their 'Cocktails of the New World' menu, this thing is pages long, with pretty much any and every cocktail you can imagine, ranging in price from £7 to £9 per single cocktail, or sharers for £14 - £20 serving 2 - 4 people. If you love all things peppery then this cocktail is for you, it was delicious. The dryness of the pepper is balanced perfectly with the mixture of strawberry and cranberry. Think a less sweet, more grown-up Cosmo.

For starters I had the Thai style fishcakes with marinated cucumber and light chilli syrup (£5.95). Delicious! The fish cakes fell apart and where light yet full of flavour and not dry at all. The chilli syrup gave them a real kick and was just spicy enough to add that final punch to each mouthful. I was a little weary of the marinated cucumber but had no need to be. It was cold and refreshing, the complete other end to the fish cakes and chilli syrup!

For mains I had the Fillet steak and onion sandwich (£11.95) which also came with a side of fries. Oh WOW. I didn't really know what to expect but this, this was unbelievable! The fillet steak strips were cooked medium-rare, and you got so much steak! Onions, onions everywhere too! All served up in a brioche bun. There was no lady like way to eat this, believe me I tried! In the end I ignored decorum and stuck my face right in there. The steak and onions were so juicy and flavour full, it was running everywhere - just how it should in my opinion! The chips were nothing special, straight cut regular fries, but they served them in the cutest little chip frying basket, I need to know where to buy those! After all that steak I barely had room for the fries!

Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, so we opted for the Grande Dessert (£8) to share. We couldn't choose just one dessert so this was a great way to have a little of each. Chocolate pave, eaton mess, sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel ice cream and cherry bakewell parfait. Oh, talk about sugary goodness heaven! My favourites had to be the sticky toffee pudding and the salted caramel ice cream but it was great trying a little of everything! There was just enough to share between two and we both felt very satisfied by the end!

I can see why Jaxx recommended this place to highly, as I'm about to do the same! The food was brilliant and they have so many offers on right now, it won't even break the bank! It's the perfect treat after a day of shopping, a catch up with friends or a special celebration. Service was fantastic, everyone was really attentive, smiley and on the ball, and the food came out reasonably quickly (slowed towards dessert as the place started to fill up).

Have you ever eaten here?

Until next time,

Check out the menus or reserve your table @ The Living

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