Dinner for grown-ups A brilliant neighbourhood restaurant
It is almost two years to the day since the owners of Kondi Brasserie refurbished this popular daytime café and opened it in the evenings as a neighbourhood restaurant.
Mike Drysdale and his son John couldn't have possibly predicted just how successful their expansion would be. Two years on and the restaurant is packed most evenings and on the Thursday we visited, people who hadn't booked were being turned away.
The restaurant is a welcoming place – warm, friendly and relaxed. There are comfortable banquettes, twinkling pendant lights and flickering church candles. Service is refreshingly informal, too , which is perfect for a neighbourhood bistro.
The sensibly priced menu offers plenty of choice and good value. Starters range from £3.95 to £5.95, with mains from £8.95 to £14.95. Only one wine tips over the £20 barrier.
This week's delicious £5 5 O'CLOCKTAIL is a refreshing Tequila Sunrise. Available everyday from our Bar for only £5 between 5pm & 7pm.
Terms: £5 cocktail applies to the cocktail of the week.
Contact: 0117 2448281
Valid until: Monday, May 27 2013
From Tuesday to Thursday (and until 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday) you can order from the a la carte menu or go for the excellent value two courses for £10 deal, which offers four starters, five main courses and three desserts from the main menu.
It was this offer that reeled us in on a damp Thursday evening and there wasn't a bad dish among them.
They included a well made and full-flavoured pork and bacon terrine with spiced chutney, salad and toast (normally £4.95) and light, crisp tempura-battered wild mushrooms with mixed leaf salad and sweet chilli dressing (£5.25).
A main course of Toulouse sausage with Puy lentils and red cabbage (£9.50) comprised a fat, herby pork banger languishing on a mountain of nutty lentils and sweet, spicy red cabbage – a perfect autumn comfort dish.
An enormous chicken schnitzel (£10.50) boasting a crisp and lemony, thyme- flecked breadcrumb coat arrived with sauté potatoes, finely sliced spring greens and a pile of sharp, vinegary choucroute that cut through any richness.
To finish, a white chocolate and raspberry pannacotta with raspberries (£5.35) had the correct wobble and was appropriately rich and decadent. A perfectly made hazelnut and almond praline brulée with almond biscotti (£4.95) was light and subtly flavoured.
For three of us with drinks , additional desserts and (excellent) coffee, the bill still only just got to the £75 mark before service, seemed remarkable value.