Where I ate:
The Brickyard, South Street, Romford
Three weeks ago now I went out for dinner and a catch up with Vicky (BeautyBloggingBrunette). As I mentioned in my OOTN post, I hadn’t seen her for ages so a catch up was well overdue and I was really looking forward to it – even more so when she recommended The Brickyard in Romford, somewhere I’d never been to but heard many good things about. I got the train so I could have a couple of drinks (plus it’s cheaper and much more convenient) and met Vicky at Romford station before we walked to the restaurant (it’s a straight road and only about five minutes away).
The phrase don’t judge a book by its cover couldn’t be more apt when describing Brickyard, it’s well away from the town centre, next to a tyre place and doesn’t look that aesthetically pleasing from the exterior, but once inside, I was pleasantly surprised. Modern, sophisticated and a great aura thanks to mood lighting, we went straight to the bar for pre-dinner drinks while our table was being set. We didn’t have long to wait though – and the staff brought our cocktails from the bar to our table, excellent service if you ask me.
What I drank:
Cocktails are two-for-one every evening until 9pm and the strawberry daiquiris came highly recommended by Vicky, so we took advantage and ordered two each pre-dinner and a further two each during! I concur, they were incredible and even nicer than the one I had at Alec’s (so high praise indeed). The strawberries were perfectly blitzed and the ice was smooth; they were effectively boozy slush puppies! Just divine.
What I ate:
Trio of Melon (Grilled Honey Dew and Parma Ham. Sesame Coated Watermelon. Port and Charentis) followed by Chicken Kebab with peppers and onions (served with chips, coleslaw and pitta bread)
I wasn’t initially going to order a starter and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, you can’t really go wrong with parma ham and melon! The watermelon coated in sesame and poppy seeds was interesting but worked and I loved the port drizzle. There wasn’t very much parma ham and given the cost (£5.95), I was slightly disappointed. It was a refreshing way to begin the meal.
When the main course arrived, I instantly regretting ordering the starter and extra drinks and knew there was no way I was going to be able to eat it all! The skewer itself was huge, with large chunks of chicken, red onion and mixed peppers – which it was accompanied by chips, a garlic and herb pitta bread and coleslaw; talk about carbocide. I don’t think the photo does any justice to the actual size of the meal, but it’s certainly great value for money – there’s no scrimping on portion size at Brickyard! I think we would have been better off sharing a main course! The skewer itself was well-cooked and I’m a huge fan of creamy coleslaw. I barely touched the chips and was hoping for the skewer to be inside the pitta, but never mind. I’m still annoyed that I couldn’t eat more because it was very good.