Autumn and winter treats at the Living Room – Bristol Harbourside
Finally that autumnal nip in the air has arrived and we can get down to some real comfort eating, to celebrate the change in seasons The Living Room has introduced a wide variety of menus to fit every mood and dining requirement you can think of.
The new A La Carte menu has kept some of the old favorites including beer battered tiger prawns with sweet chilli and wasabi dip and fillet steak sautéed with mushrooms and onions in ciabatta with red wine jus but has introduced some exciting additions. Butternut and sage risotto with melting lumps of blue cheese, available as a started or main, will tempt any confirmed carnivore and provide an exciting option for vegetarians.
From the home comforts section a new twist on an old favorite Gammon, quail eggs and chips with a pineapple and chilli salsa is absolutely fantastic. If you started with the risotto and still can’t resist the call of the meat section the Pork T-Bone with an apple and potato gratin and a sage and onion jus is sure to satisfy. Another treat is the Halibut fillet with a mussel, Chardonnay, fennel and leek sauce, if you have any room left the perfect way to end your meal is the sharing board of desserts featuring a taste of Christmas with the Rum and raisin crème brulee, chocolate fondue with strawberries and chocolate brownies and blackberry and raspberry Eton mess with Cassis, which if your not in the mood for sharing all feature as main dishes on the dessert menu.
Offering fabulous choice and value the Express Lunch Menu, available Mon – Fri 12pm – 2pm, is set into sections for fast casual lunchtime dining, perfect for its location. Nibbles at £2 including chunky tomato houmous with toasted ciabatta, Small Plates at £4 include the dippable pan-fried chorizo in chilli and red wine with ciabatta, Sandwiches at £5 with my favorite, Croque Monsieur served with a red and yellow tomato and shallot salad, Salads at £7 including Sticky haloumi and crispy ginger salad with edamame beans, peanuts and sesame seeds and if your feeling especially hungry, heartier options of daily moules frites specials including cider and bacon sauce or a winter warmer of beef and Old Speckled Hen pie with mash and gravy.
For visitors to the theatre or if you just fancy dining early take advantage of the Table D’Hote menu available Mon – Fri from 3pm – 7pm, 2 courses for £9.95 or 3 for £12.65. Dishes include a soup of the day and the previously mentioned Butternut and blue cheese risotto to start, a main course of Coq au vin with parsley buttered new potatoes and who can resist chocolate and salted caramel tart.
The Sunday Comforts menu is the perfect way to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon, 2 courses for £11.45 and 3 for £14.45 served from 12pm to 6pm the menu features a traditional roast of beef or chicken with all the trimmings or maybe try the lamb and Bury black pudding for something a little different.
No visit to The Living Room is complete without a sample taste from their tempting cocktail menu and Monday to Saturday from 3pm – 7pm you can enjoy selected signature cocktails form the Autumn / Winter menu for £3.95. I have absolutely fallen for the warming flavors of the Mae West Martini made with Midori, Russian standard vodka and Disaronno Amaretto shaken with cranberry juice and fresh lime. If you fancy a little kick try the Coca Chilli Crush, an unusual combination of Agwa de Bolivia, St Germain elderflower, cucumber, red chilli and funkin peach puree.
If you have been tasked with organizing the office party The Divine Dining Christmas menu could be the answer to all your problems with lunch and dinner options and a special New Years Eve celebration menu to see in 2012!
A contemporary space in a central location The Living Room Bristol really does have something fabulous to offer everyone and is well worth a visit