The first May bank holiday is here and as we stroll over to Millenium Square for early dinner at The Living Room the bars are full and the sun should hopefully be making a weekend appearance – could Summer finally be here?
As we are taken to our seats there is a lovely buzz in the air, the bar as always is stylish yet comfortable and we start checking out the new and exciting menu. As we choose our wine I am always tempted by the La Croix Vermentino/Sauvignon Blanc from the South of France · £17.00, but decided to try something different and the Mamaku Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand · £13.00 / £24.50. This is also available as 375ml Carafe and didn’t disappoint.
Back to the menu and a new selection of grazing plates designed to be ordered and shared at the table has been introduced which reads like a combination of everything I have ever wanted to appear on a menu, the 14 plate options include buttermilk fried chicken with ginger and chilli dressing and BBQ sauce, TLR scampi, roast chicken leg with sweetcorn and jalapeno purée, smoked chilli and lime popcorn and beef short rib braised in soy, Chinese pear and mirin.
Another menu highlight had caught our eye so we didn’t order from the grazers menu but we saw lots of the dishes coming out to follow diners, they were all beautifully presented and smelt fantastic and we cannot wait to go back and make our way through the list.
If your not in the mood to share then main plates are also available. Gressingham chicken breasts with roast garlic mash, chicken crackling and lovage sauce and from the grill the two-bone pork chop have also made it onto our must go back list.
Another new introduction is For Me For You sections – sharing plates with the wow factor, being complete porkaholics we couldn’t resist the pork block – roast porchetta, black pudding donuts, pulled pork croquettes, sticky ribs, apple and date chutney, cider sauce, smashed ratte potatoes and peas, at £35.00 the dish offered really good value, every element was fantastic and really well cooked, the amazing gravy and chutney lifted the dish and the sides were fab, but for me the absolute highlight was the pulled pork croquettes. I could quite easily have devoured ten of these and I am absolutely stealing this idea with my next batch of pulled pork.
Two other options are the seafood lovers treat, the fishbowl Devon brown crab claws, langoustines, mussels, clams and prawns £50.00 and the Table BBQ smoked lamb rump, slow cooked lamb breast, spiced skewer, haggis kofta, a harissa and pomegranate slaw and couscous £35.00, the delivery of this dish to the adjoining table filled the restaurant with the most delicious smokey BBQ smells and again it looked fantastic.
As we were full of pork we decided to share a dessert and as my fellow diner loves chocolate we opted for the Chocolate Pave with peanut powder & salted caramel ice cream. I also wanted to check out the dessert cocktails which is a lovely idea so we shared an Espresso Martini, the peanut powder and ice cream perfectly complimented the chocolate as did the extremely well made Martini ending off a really enjoyable and memorable meal.
This is a really exciting and interesting new menu, personally I could go every night for a week and still find different dishes I want to try. I would highly recommend making The Living Bristol your next stop whether its for a quick bite or to satisfy those seafood cravings with a celebratory Fish Bowl to share.