Try not to shed a tear but it looks like summer is officially over, the once sun-drenched Millennium Square is decidedly grey and drizzly. The one possible upside to this is when entering Bristol’s branch of The Living it’s warm and cosy and a place made for hibernating until the summer returns and we can sit outside again.
We arrive just after 3:30 to check out the new lunch menu, which runs from Monday – Saturday from 12 – 5pm. As we had a busy evening ahead helping cater for a party, this perfectly suited our need for late afternoon refueling that we didn’t have to prepare!
The menu is split into 3 sections, Sandwiches and Lighter Meals, Mains and Under 500 Calories, comprising of 15 dishes in total. Looking through the menu four or five of the dishes looked incredible tempting but the aforementioned weather meant I had to go with the Slow cooked beef shin, red wine rage and pappardelle pasta, the dish is an absolute winner rich and hearty and perfect for winter dinning. The portion isn’t massive which suited me but those with a hearty appetite may appreciate some bread to accompany it.
My companion, the VuGuide Editor is an absolute sucker for that Hotel favourite, the club sandwich and is a bit of a connoisseur, so couldn’t resist giving this one a try. Again the dish didn’t disappoint. Four perfect triangles arriving skewered on a wooden chopping board, the chicken and bacon was well cooked and using a fried egg as the sometimes over looked egg element was a stroke of club sandwich genius. The chips were crisp and fluffy on the inside and presented beautifully a la Living Room.
With a long evening ahead of us to drink we managed to avoid the many temptations of the wine and cocktail list and ordered a half a Heineken each to go with our meal, which really hit the spot. As we came to the end of choices we could at this point have left, but of course we didn’t.
The dessert menu somehow made it into our hands and we both ordered different dishes, in the interests of research. I went for the Cherry Bakewell Parfait with Bakewell granola and sticky cherries, although not a very wintery the dish was perfect, the parfait had been removed from the freezer with enough time to reach its optimum temperature and tasted of cherries and cream, perfectly complimented by the fantastic granola and sticky cherries. I cannot praise it enough and would return just for this dish!
The aforementioned club sandwich connoisseur is also a chocolate fondant aficionado, well orders it a lot, so couldn’t resist the temptations of the Hot Chocolate Fondant with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream. Arriving in an Illy coffee cup with the ice cream just melting, the first dip of the spoon uncovered a perfectly oozing chocolate taste sensation, I would say the ice cream was good enough to order on its but you really would miss out as together they were fantastic.
Once again the Living Room really delivers, offering excellent choice, with some unusual dishes using top quality ingredients in a stylish yet comfortably environment.