For the last day of Eat Out To Help Out, my husband and I headed out for a date night to Noel’s Bar and Restaurant. I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that offer late bookings, so I can be sure I can eat without someone’s kid squawking at the next table and Noel’s delivered on that for me.
Just for a change, I managed to resist ordering the Scallops, and instead started with Carpaccio (£10.95). The beef was well-seasoned and dressed with plenty of Parmesan. I’d have liked a touch more lemon, but then I love this kind of dish for the sharpness.
I might have resisted the Scallops (£11.95), but David didn’t. The plating was gorgeous if you care about that kind of thing (I do). The Scallops were well-cooked, on a bed of creamy cauliflower puree, and with a dollop of caviar on top.
For the main course, I chose the Tagliatelle Alla Polpo di Granchio (£18.95), which is with white crab meat, cherry tomatoes, and white wine sauce. The sauce was packed full of crab, which I always enjoy. So many places are stingy with ingredients like crab. The pasta was a little al dente, exactly how I like it. I think you can see how happy was with my pasta!
Dave chose the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (£13.95). The gnocchi is served in tomato sauce, with mozzarella, fresh basil, and Parmesan. What the menu rather undersold as just ‘Parmesan’ turned to be a BOWL made of one giant Parmesan crisp. More food should come in bowls made of cheese.
As usual, we skipped dessert in favour of cocktails. Lucky for me, Noel’s have created me as a cocktail. The Caramel Espresso Martini (£8.80) is bloody delicious, and I was delighted to find my favourite cocktail with the addition of caramel syrup. We were less impressed by the Whisky Sour (£8.50), which tasted a bit watery. I’m willing to call this a blip though, as I’ve drunk cocktails in Noel’s several times, and always enjoyed them.
Noel’s Bar and Restaurant is an excellent spot for a late dinner for date night. Are you a fan of a late dinner, or are you hateful if you haven’t eaten by 7 pm?
All staff were wearing masks. There’s hand sanitiser at the door and in the toilets, and lots of space between tables.
It was busy the whole time we were there, so it’s probably not a bad idea.
I visited during Eat Out To Help Out, so got the discount available to everyone. We paid our bill in full ourselves. All opinions and images are honest and my own. Prices correct at the time of writing.
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