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It seems that the foodie camp is well and truly divided on this one with a real mixed bag review… I guess it goes to show that it all depends on what you order on the menu as after a recent Birthday meal out we came out with very different opinions on the food from Park Street’s uber sophisticated Goldbrick House
This is the second time that I have eaten at Goldbrick House. The cocktails are amazing, the decor and ambience rock, but the food, for me this time, was overpriced and under par.
After much deliberation, and much waiting thanks to the very slow service, I went for the prawn cocktail, followed by steak and chips. Boring I know, but I was very hungover and thought that they would be quirky enough to put a modern twist on the dishes.
Unfortunately not. Cue chopped iceberg lettuce drenched in marie rose sauce topped with two chewy king prawns that could have been bought at Sainsbury’s, and the world’s smallest langoustine. With no bread, this was probably one of the most boring starters I have ever encountered.
The wait between courses was almost as long as our wait to be served, and the steak was a huge let down. At £20 you expect a decent piece of meat cooked well. This was a chewy piece of meat that was overcooked and to be honest the chips and accompaniments weren’t much better. I would expect this standard in one of the lounge’s where you pay £10 for steak, but not at Goldbrick House.
Unfortunately Jamie’s meal told a similar story. He went for pig in a pot – which was potted pork belly with apple sauce that reminded me of left over roast dinners. It was tasty, but again not something you expect from a restaurant charging gourmet prices. For mains he chose the special, which was a trio of beef, including fillet and ox cheek. Again, this wasn’t terrible, but the platter was quite dry on the whole and the waitress offered peppercorn sauce with it when surely they had a red wine sauce or roasting jus that would have been much more appropriate for a dish like that.
Fortunately we had a voucher for 50% off. To be honest, without that I would probably have complained. The food wasn’t terrible, just not what you expect when you are paying £20 per main course.
The dining room was busy with a refined and upmarket feel. The menu looked great albeit fairly expensive but with 50% off (courtesy of voucher cloud) we were well prepared to splash out.
To start I chose pork terrine with toast, very tasty especially with the sweet and fruity undertones from its accompanying chutney. Sam chose the Carpaccio beef which was extremely good. Okay, if you’re not up for raw beef then this may not be your thing. If you like to push the boundaries and enjoy your steak rare however – highly recommended – this was excellent!
For my main course I had lamb wellington. Packed with flavour and cooked to perfection this was a great choice. Nice and rare in the centre, and extremely rich (so rich in fact I struggled to finish). I would definitely recommend this to future diners. Sam went for the duck which he assured me was good – I think the clean plate spoke for itself!
The service I have to admit was somewhat lacking. OK they were busy but we had to wait a while to order drinks once we were seated and it took them a while to clear our plates once we’d finished. When we asked our server a question relating to the menu she didn’t seem to have that great a knowledge of the dishes on offer. For somewhere promoting itself as a fine dining experience, I expected better. The food for me though, was excellent, and definitely recommended.