Aluna shares an owner with Siamais, and the menu is a stripped back version of the Thai menu available at the sister restaurant.
To start, I had the Beef and Kimchi Tacos (£6.50). Strips of beef are marinated in ginger, garlic and chilli, topped with kimchi and served in a taco shell. The beef mixture was tasty, but unfortunately completely overpowered the kimchi. The mix was almost like a chili, and was strong a flavour against the less robust kimchi. The hard taco shell was clearly out a box too, which is a shame. A soft taco would have worked much better, I think.
The Beef Massaman Curry (£13.95) was creamy and pleasant, although I would have preferred the beef in smaller chunks. The portion size wasn’t great either, with too much rice compared to curry. I had the lamb version of this at Siamais and it was delicious, but this version didn’t hold up.
We all tried a few options from the cocktail list. The Smokey Old Fashioned (£8.95) was enjoyable, but needed a peatier whisky. The whisky taste was largely lost, hidden in the sweetness and citrus of the rest of the mix. The service in a glass bottle, with the smoke trapped, is attractive though.
The Basil Grande (£6.95) is Grand Marnier and Chambord, shaken with basil and strawberries. Again, I found this sweet, more reminiscent of Ribena than anything else. Even my Espresso Martini (£6.95) was very sweet, which disappointed me, as it’s a favourite cocktail of mine.
The verdict around the table was similar; all the cocktails and even a lot of the food were overly sweet. Of the two restaurants, I would recommend Siamais, but Aluna isn’t for me.
I was a guest of Delicious PR and Aluna. Food and drinks were complementary but I was not obliged to write a post. All words, images and opinions are my own.