Sunday, December 26, 2010
Red Lion Grog House--take 2!
Our most entertaining waitress brought Libby a Sun King Cream Ale, and Fred, a Strongbow Cider. Yum. The kids were going with water today--no milk in da house. No biggie. We were here to see how the dishes were holding up! So, to start, the Toad in the Hole sounded like a good way to begin the evening in an English pub!
While waiting we soaked in the warm setting--a long, galley-shaped dining area, multiple flat screens aglow, and that lovely sound coming from over the kitchen wall---deep frying! Crackling, bubbling, somehow so comforting to hear that happy dance!
Our appy arrived quickly and as it was our first toad in the hole, we had no idea what to expect. A small chunk of sausage lay in a circular disk or nest of some phyllo-like dough, three in total resting on a bed of brown gravy. The sausage was different, a nice (not hot) spice to it---sage, thyme? The breading was a bit dry so the dish definitely needed the brown gravy that was very seasoned(a bit salty) and quite good. Aioli garnished the dish and was a good addition.
Fred decided the Chicken Piccata sandwich with chips was the way to go while Libby went with some more of that lovely sausage in the Blanket Bangers with chips and a side of aioli. All chips (remember folks, these are fries) orders come with a side of sauce...we went with one of the hot curry and one of the mild curry. Ozzy ordered the grilled cheese with bacon (on the side) with chips to share with Stella. Such a thoughtful young lad.
The Blanket Bangers(awesome name) were quite nice. The dish came with three wrapped sausages. The aioli was a must and the mild curry was Libby's favorite! Not healthy in the least, but damn yummy. The fries were a good cut, brown, but definitley more laden by the frying than crisp and lightened. Not complaining, just an observation.
Fred's Chicken Piccata Sandwich was a first of its kind for him. While he always loves piccata, the concept of a sandwich is the sort of unexpected twist that makes Fred love food so much! How was it? Interesting and flavorful, but the novelty wore off after 4 or 5 bites. All in all, it was a half decent sandwich, but really nothing to write home about. The real hit was the chips in the mild curry sauce. It was wonderful going between the hot and mild curry. Normally, Fred goes for the hotter stuff, but this time the mild was where it was at! The chips and curry sauces are available as an appy...and if you don't get them as a side as your meal, you should seriously consider ordering the appy.
Price-$$,- A bit on the pricey side, but good beer comes with a price we are usually willing to pay.
Atmosphere***,-Welcoming and cozy for a neighborhood pub. Definitely would be a great place to watch the game.
Service****,-Great service with personality and personability!
Fred- B+ ,While English pub food is never going to win any Michelin stars no matter who is in the kitchen, everything was well-prepared and thoroughly enjoyable.
Libby- A, Totally appreciate good pub grub--especially sausage, chips and sauce! Beer was really good and as always, I sooo appreciate it when I can go to a pub with the kids!
Ozzy- A, Happy boy and quietly munching!
Estelle- A, Dipped and enjoyed her meal.