The Living Room in Bristol really is a fantastic venue, a great central location, warmly lit and always welcoming. The perfect stopping off point after a short stroll round the harbour.
A friendly greeting awaits us from the hostess and we are seated promptly in a cosy booth at the back of the restaurant, eager to explore the new summer menu we quickly order some tap water and check out both the food and wine menu. Skipping starters in favour of dessert later we order some edamame beans to share, these are fantastic and we both agree we could quite easily eat these all evening, the soy, ginger and chilli dressing is so moorish and all too soon the full bowl of beans has filled the second bowl with empty pods. Moments before our wine arrives, the La Croix Vermentino Sauvignon Blanc from the South of France, £17. A fantastic wine full of flavour which stands up through our evenings menu choices and offers exceptional value for money.
For our mains we opt for the A La Carte menu, the Duck breast with Szechuan pepper and plum chutney, chilli fried bok choi and sweet potato fondant, £15.75, perfectly cooked duck is almost out done by the fondant sweet potato, a side order of sesame glazed sugar snap peas and mange tout, is made for this dish.
The trio of pork – Pancetta wrapped pork fillet, crispy pork belly and Bury black pudding with sage and garlic mash and apple sauce, £13.50, is the kind of dish my food dreams are made off, a perfect plate full of my favourite animal, impeccably cooked and presented. The black pudding is outstanding, the pork belly is deliciously soft and pork fillet just very slightly pink. The apple sauce cuts through the richness of the dish and the soft herb scented mash brings it all together.
Feeling nicely full but with a small space saved for the homemade desserts I choose the Blackberry and crème de mure crème brulée £4.75, a lovely light dessert with fantastically juicy fruit which rounds off the meal well. However, although lovely dessert my envy kicks in as I try a bite of the Chocolate truffle cake and dairy vanilla ice-cream with crushed ‘hokey pokey’ £4.75, a fantastic combination of light flourless chocolate cake perfectly complemented by creamy ice cream and crushed honeycomb.
Skipping coffee we round off the meal for the second time with a cocktail from the Signature cocktail list, a select range of house favourites irresistibly priced at £4.00 available from 3pm – 7pm Monday to Saturday. French Martini – Grey Goose vodka and Chambord shaken to a froth with pineapple juice is perfect the aroma of freshly picked raspberry hitting you every time you take a sip. The Mojito Martini – Diplomatico Anejo rum shaken with fresh lime and sugar topped off with a mint foam is fab, the foam may possibly be an acquired taste but its great fun.
The Living Room in Bristol offers so much, a romantic meal venue, private dining, post work drinks and nibbles, a speedy lunch or a pre-theatre bite, and absolutely terrific value without compromising on any of those experiences. With so many events in Bristol coming up and it’s close proximity to the big screen in Millennium Square I am already planning my mid set jug of Pimms during the Wimbledon finals, roll on the Summer!
Special Menu Highlights
The Perfect Set Menu From 12:00 until close Mon – Fri
- 1 course for £8
- 2 courses for £11
- 3 courses for £14
Add a 250ml glass of wine for £4 or add a bottle of wine for £10
Thai fish cakes with marinated cucumber and sweet chilli sauce
Steak frites with slow roast tomatoes and rocket
Chocolate truffle cake and dairy vanilla ice-cream with crushed ‘hokey pokey’ (highly recommended)
Sunday Comforts – Available 12 – 6pm – 2 courses for £12, 3 courses for £15
Chicken liver parfait topped with a redcurrant and port jelly
Roast beef or Chicken with all the trimmings (Available until we run out!)
Sticky toffee pudding and dairy vanilla ice-cream