Feeling lucky at The Restaurant
Last month myself and my colleague Paul had the pleasure of dining at Broadway Casino’s, The Restaurant. The rather sultry looking space is housed at the back of the casino, allowing you to dine separately from the card tables and slot machines, but still close enough for you to observe the gutsier humans among us having a good old time...
We attended the restaurant on an evening when the heavens decided to ferociously open, so the welcome was warm (both verbally and physically) despite our strong resemblance to drowned, hungry rats. Due to gambling laws in the UK, every casino needs documentation from each person who enters, so after being papped and our ID’s successfully accounted for, we were well on our way.
To get to the restaurant you walk via the casino floor, so we resisted the urge to gamble our life savings away and focused solely on the Italian delicacies we had in store – if American roulette incorporated food in some way…maybe…just maybe…. then I’d get involved.
Once we were seated we were presented with some delicious olives, rustic bread with the iconic olive oil and balsamic vinegar combination, and saving the best till last – a rather elegant looking prosecco and cherry liquor cocktail.
After having our orders taken by our fabulous host, we were given the choice of red or white wine. I put a spanner in the works only liking white wine (my 22-year-old palette is yet to mature), but Paul being the gracious gentleman he is declared he didn’t mind – perhaps he won’t ever dine with me again… but THANKFULLY the white wine was delicious. I imagine having half of the bottle is indicative of the fact I can’t remember what it was, but it was good, I can assure you of this. For starter, Paul went for the Gamberoni, a warm dish of prawns sautéed in tomato and infused with garlic and chilli, and I opted for the Pate alla Toscana, a delightful combination of chicken liver & brandy pate with red onion marmalade. Both were extremely enjoyable, and left us waiting in eager anticipation for what was yet to come.
It took me a while to decide my main, but I eventually opted for the seabass and what a decision that was. I suffered no FOMO as a result as it was utterly and totally divine. The fish was cooked to perfection and the accompanying potatoes and mixed seasonal veg were well seasoned. Paul opted for lamb cutlets, and after polishing off his first mouthful, claimed it was the best piece of lamb he’d ever tasted, which I would argue are words of gold from the Lamb Connoisseur™ himself.
With empty plates we found ourselves pleasantly stuffed, and were certain we couldn’t possibly fit in anymore… how wrong we were. Our host had decided a different fate for our bellies and near-bursting seams. After not much persuasion, we were presented with a tripartite dessert, which we were told had been created especially for us with specialities such as mouth-watering profiteroles, tiramisu and chilli ice cream. Having looked back at the menu, the chilli ice cream isn’t on there…. Was it all dream? Who knows but we both agreed it was spectacular and I hope to eat it again one day, dreaming or otherwise. We ended the meal with a final toast in true Italian style with a shot of limoncello, leaving us with an experience that was an absolute pleasure from start to finish.
The Restaurant is open from 6pm to 1am, seven days a week, and with the hospitality and food being second to none, it really is a hidden gem worth considering when you’re in the mood for some Italian delights in the city centre.
For more info or to book a table, see their website here.
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