EAT OUT HELP OUT SCHEME.
Table for 3 - 8.00pm
This was our first foodies outing, I'd always wanted to go to the brook & since we had all seen the kiev then we all wanted to, so when the eat out scheme came about we decided it was a must on the list, Kristy & I ordered our drinks and waited for our friend Gem Km to turn up. Gem arrived and ordered her drink, we then studied the menu to see what we fancied.
We decided on Nacho's served with beef brisket, Smooth Duck Pate & Duck Bao Buns (we asked for an extra bao bun as we shared), Followed by Pork Belly & Octopus, Chicken Katsu Burger and a real curve ball of Cauli Cheese Strudel. The kiev sadly wasn't on the menu.
The staff were all polite and nothing was too much trouble, they had had a few no shows which really frustrates me as every business is working so hard, even if you can't make it just a quick phone call makes all the difference.
Our starters arrived and they definitely had the wow factor, they were plated beautifully, we couldn't wait to tuck in.
The nachos were light and crisp & homemade! We felt the toppings could be a little more spread out as we struggled to get some of the nachos apart, (minor issue and if we didn't share i'm sure it would have been fine) They were really tasty, and we'd definitely be back for some more.
The duck and bao buns were delicious, the duck fell apart and & the hoisin was stunning too. The bao buns were very airy & just how they should be. We all really enjoyed this as a whole.
The pate was so smooth, the chutney sweet and the focaccia was divine.
We enjoyed all 3 starters and I think our favourites were all different, it just proves how different everyone's taste buds are.
We were cleared away and then the mains arrived. The smell coming from the pork made my mouth water, again the dishes were presented beautifully.
We started with the pork, it literally fell apart, and sauce to go with it was sensational. Everyone was a little apprehensive about the octopus but it was quite meaty and tasty but not our cup of tea. The grilled pak choi was gorgeous too.
The Cauli Cheese Strudel was nice, the cauli steak was defo the best bit of that dish though, cooked perfectly with essence of tarragon and the creamed leeks were delicious too.
The Katsu Burger was tasty, the bun was light and fluffy. the chicken was crisp. We did say it needed a bit of katsu sauce over the top of the chicken even if it came in a pot to pour yourself. The hidden slaw was lovely more of a coronation flavour but we really liked it.
The chips were crispy and fluffy in the middle and the new potatoes were amazing. I personally really enjoyed the carrots too they were full of flavour.
We had a fabulous evening and we will definitely be back for the sourdough fish and chips!
The whole meal was presented beautifully and its one on the list we are glad we've visited.
I cannot remember the full bill but we paid around £19 each for 3 starters, 3 mains & 1 cider, 1 beer & a diet coke with the EOTHO discount.