“They have done a fabulous job!”. These are the words I keep hearing from everyone who has already visited the brand new bar and brasserie at the Abode Hotel, Chester.
The 5th floor fine dining restaurant has now disappeared, morphing into an über chic, laid back, open dining space serving my favourite kind of food – everyone’s favourite dishes. Just with that extra va va voom!
I had already sneaked upstairs to the all-new 5th floor last week, when I had our first ever board meeting for the brand new app business – We Love Places Limited. And even though it wasn’t quite finished – the transformation was clear to see. The first striking difference was the removal of the bar which used to block some of that fabulous view of Chester Racecourse, the river, the castle and beyond…
…So I was delighted to be invited back for an exclusive and exceptional dining experience. I was delighted that my two Chester foodie friends – Anito and Rachel from Think Cirrus – I.T. Solutions, accepted my invitation and joined me.
Drinks – ooh la la! Mais oui.
I have to start by mentioning the cocktails – WOW! These are not just regular cocktails, these are seriously impressive deluxe drinks, and they come with TREATS! I won’t spoil your surprise, but needless to say they are head-turning.
My guests weren’t driving (they never drive!) so I could guarantee that they would enjoy the drinks, which they did – the G&T’s and numerous old fashioned’s seemed to slip down a treat! (I’m not calling them a pair of lushes you understand…)
Oh – the food!!
In my humble opinion this menu is perfect! It’s a proper brasserie menu with lots of well-known dishes – and everyone’s favourites (including mine!) but not over facing. I know I will have worked my way through the whole thing by the next cook off!
I had previously seen a couple of pics of the French Onion Soup posted on social media, which meant I was already dreaming about, days before ordering. Needless to say, It was absolutely divine, and definitely an entire meal on its own, especially at lunch time.
I soldiered on, and opted for another of my favourite dishes, lamb chops for main course. They were equally as lovely, served with rosemary, garlic and green beans. Rachel went for the steak tartare with toasted sourdough to start, and truffle cauliflower macaroni for main (she said both were superb) and Anito had brown crab toasts followed by the rib-eye. There was nothing left.
Divine Desserts to die for!
Now, we were so full, it was beginning to hurt. But we had to order a dessert. They were just as good, if not better than the mains (especially if you have a sweet tooth) and we all dived into the crème brulee, sticky toffee pudding and pineapple carpaccio with coconut ice cream.
A massive thankyou to Phil and the team – this is a brand new restaurant in the heart of the city with superb cocktails and amazing food. And lets not forget that the service wasn’t too bad either (Louis!!) – actually it was incredible.
… and I can’t wait to try the Sunday roast!