Friday, March 13, 2009

Eat British : Bluebird, Kings Road

I've been a bit of slack with updates of late. Although it looks as if I have been pretty lazy of late, I have been getting out there and doing stuff. I'm just very lazy when it comes to writing it up. Anyway, with my return to the working population imminent, I better get my arse in gear and do a bit of catch up blogging! First up, my lunch at Bluebird.

Normally, I avoid the Kings Road like the plague but this appears to be my second visit in as many weeks. First for my sisters 25th birthday (drinks at the Botanist then dancing at Kitts) and now because imp drawn to a free gallery like a moth to a flame. So before my visit to the nearby Saatchi Gallery, I went looking for some food.

And what a chore that was. Everywhere seems too overpriced and frankly bad value. I spent what felt like an eternity, trekking from one restaurant to another, looking for a decent deal. Eventually I ended up at Bluebird which had a pretty decent lunch menu going on.

The last time I went to Bluebird was with a group of uni friends on an Evening Standard "2 courses for a tenner". That was nearly ten years to go and the space is still as beautiful as I remember. A highly elegant room. Staff were attentive and quick and I was ushered to a table by the window (it wasn't that busy) and was brought some bread (a really nice garlic roll) whilst I perused the set menu choices.

First course, Rillette of Old Spot Pork with Piccalilli. This was delicious. The rillette was filled with porky goodness and was perfectly complemented by the tart vinegariness of the piccalilli. Even the accompanying watercress added a slight pepperiness. A very good course.

For the main, I had the Goosnargh Chicken and Mushroom pie. Now I love chicken and mushroom pie at the best of times and this was a very good example. Lovely torn bits of chicken, no signs of processed chunks, in a lovely creamy sauce. No complaints here. The sides of mash and spinach were competently done and full of flavour.

By the time I was done with the pie, I was verging on the very full and was regretting ordering the apple pie for dessert. However, what arrived was a quite straightforward apple tart tatin. Nicely caramelised and actually pretty small, it was the perfect size just to round off the meal.

The set menu comes to £15.50 for 3 courses and for food of this quality, it was an absolute bargain. To think that ten years ago, I was a struggling student and thought 2 courses for a tenner was a good deal! If I'm ever in the area again, I'm coming back.

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