I haven't been to Bank restaurant for a good few years now. I first discovered this restaurant after visiting with an ex, one Saturday evening many moons ago. I vividly remember that the starter that I ordered was amazing (duck rolls, not like what you get an all you can eat Chinese restaurant) and in my opinion, an overpriced chicken and coconut curry. Although I visited a few years ago, the fact that I remembered the menu, means that the restaurant made a positive impression on me. The location, located in the trendy Brindley Place attracts the trendiest of crowds and for some is the place to "be seen".
I fancied an impromptu visit to Brindley Place and after visiting the nearby Ikon Gallery, my cousin and I took our seat to dine Al Fresco on the comfortable heated sofas outside with blankets and outdoor heating, I was instantly sold. As we visited at lunchtime, we ate from the Quick Lunch menu, which is more affordable than the main menu. For £15 you receive, sourdough bread and oil and two courses. For my starter, I chose Potted Beef and Piccalilli and my cousin chose Chilli Squid, Thai Herbs and Noodle Salad. The Potted Beef and Piccali was rich, luxurious and delicious with sourdough toast. My cousin stated that Chilli Squid was delicious, which I promptly took a squid piece, which was was crunchy on the outside, tender in the inside and I loved the texture of the chewy squid and spicy chilli.
|Bank restaurant - image from the website.|
There was a considerable wait for our main courses: Fish and Chips and Steak and Chips. After 40 minutes of patiently waiting for our main course to appear, I enquired whether the dishes were on it's way and I was informed that the mains were not sent through to the kitchen as the waiter forget to press the send button, brilliant! So after another 15 minutes (a whopping 55 minutes in total) our main courses, arrived. The Fish and Chips was the BEST fish and chips I have ever eaten, the batter was crisp, tasty and well seasoned, the fish was beautifully cooked, tender and moist in the inside. The chip were delicious, much more than chips placed in the deep fryer, I suspect they were twice fried, they were crisp and fluffy in the inside. My cousin spoke highly of her Steak and Chips, which was beautifully presented.
|Fish and Chips.|
|Steak and Chips.|
|Steak and Chips.|
I refrained from ordering a dessert as I was so full from eating my main course, my cousin, however had other ideas and ordered the malteser chocolate sundae. I managed to have a mouthful (I rarely show such restraint) and it tasted amazing, I had to take out my phone to ensure that I didn't take the sundae away from her.
Overall, this is a wonderfully located location, a trendy and glamorous restaurant, offering exceptional modern European food. I so wanted to give this restaurant a 5 star rating as the food was amazing, location perfect and the restaurant is beautiful. However, due to the mishap with the mains, Bank restaurant gets a 4.5 star rating from me.