I wasn’t planning on reviewing my meal at Bank so managed to refrain from taking pictures all night, which is very hard for a food blogger – trust me! However our meal was fantastic and I enjoyed my experience at Bank so much that I wanted to share it on my blog with you all. I’ll be back again soon to try it again and promise to take pics then! But for now, a photo-less blog…
We were warmly greeted by a host when we arrived and seated in the terrace area at the back of the restaurant; it was really cosy and inviting with it’s dim lighting and intimate tables, and it had a great atmosphere as it was relaxed yet vibrant and busy. Whilst it was covered over when we dined there, I think it’ll be lovely in the summer when the roof is opened up for a lunch in the sun overlooking the canal.
The service was fantastic from every member of staff we came in contact with too. They all showed a great knowledge of the menu and were friendly and welcoming. Our waitress for the night, Lizzie, was lovely too; she was chatty and conversational, making the experience even more personable.
We nibbled on some breads to start, however they only came with some oil as a dip rather than with balsamic vinegar in it too so it was a little tasteless as an accompaniment. Whilst we did ask for some balsamic vinegar, none arrived; however this was the only negative factor of our visit! The rest of it (food, atmosphere, service – the lot!) was fantastic…
To start we ordered the Chicken Tikka Skewers with Mint Yogurt which were full of flavour and had a nice spicy kick to them without being too overpowering, especially when dipped into the refreshing, minty yogurt. We also tried the King Prawn Tempura with Chilli and Lime Jam which was an equally great starter; the huge, juicy King prawns were coated in a light, crispy batter and were delicious dipped into the sweet chilli jam.
For mains we ordered the Steak and Lobster To Share, served with House Cut Chips, Hollandaise and Peppercorn Sauce. The lobster was so tasty and full of flavour and it had a wonderful meaty, succulent texture; the creamy hollandaise sauce really complimented the lobster beautifully too. Whilst the steak was delicious, tender and cooked a perfect medium-rare. Along with the the crispy, light fries and the flavoursome peppercorn sauce, it was a fantastic main that I would happily eat again and again!
We couldn’t resist ordering the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce for dessert and I’m so glad we did as it was one of the best I’ve ever had! The toffee sponge was so moist and light and it sat in a huge pool of rich, delicious butterscotch sauce which was amazing! With the ice cream melting into the top, it made for a deliciously indulgent, moreish dessert that ensured the meal ended on a high.
Bank really exceeded my expectations – the service was great, the atmosphere was inviting and the food was fantastic! It’s a perfect venue to get dressed up and celebrate a special occasion, or if you just fancy some delicious food in a classy yet casual environment. With it’s excellent location in Oozles Square (just off Brindley Place and Broad Street) it’d be great for a meal before heading on for more cocktails either in their front terrace or at one of the many nearby bars. I loved my first experience dining here and will definitely be back again soon.
Disclaimer: We paid for our own food and drinks, and all opinions are honest and my own