Sunday, 26 January 2014

Restaurant Review: Scogs Restaurant, West Kirby, Wirral.

I have thought for some time that it might be fun to include the occasional review of a good bar or restaurant on my blog. Last night, I dined at Scogs Restaurant for the first time, which is located at 34-36 Banks Road, West Kirby, Wirral, Uk. (www.scogs.co.uk)
The restaurant describes itself as a contemporary restaurant and I would agree. The decor was simple but with a nice attention to detail such as linen napkins and elegant wine glasses. We were greeted warmly on arrival, and having made a reservation we were led straight to our table by the window. The menus were impressive, with original sounding dishes such as 'Goats cheese and wild mushroom stroganoff' alongside more familiar classics such as 'Crispy fish and chips with crushed peas and mint'.
I had the starter of 'Homemade soup with a warm roll' which was a deliciously rich and tangy tomato soup, drizzled with single cream, accompanied by a warm wholemeal roll with a small dish of butter. The starter was absolutely delicious and the portion was very generous, which is often not the case in many restaurants. My dining companion had the 'Garlic and rosemary pizza bread' as his starter and he said it was very tasty indeed.
To drink, I had house champagne by the glass, which was perfectly dry with a good amount of fizz. My companion had a 'Tee total cocktail' an alcohol free blend of juices which he said was lovely. The main courses arrived and we were both astounded by the beautiful presentation of the food as well as the generous portion sizes. I had the
Chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham & topped with goats cheese on spinach, wine & cream sauce with chive mash. It was perfect. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the creamy white wine sauce was rich, with an excellent depth of flavour, which was added to by the spinach. The mashed potatoes were creamy and the goats cheese itself was sharp and rich in taste. 
My companion had the Goats cheese Wellington, roasted cherry tomatoes, sweet red pepper coulis with sauté potatoes & French beans. The wellington was encased in flaky pastry and the red pepper coulis was delicious. The tomatoes and beans were tasty and complimented the dish and the sauce was sublime, as were the crispy potatoes.
I skipped dessert, opting to end the meal with an Irish coffee which was lovely. My companion had the Warm chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream. It was a perfect dessert, with the little chocolate fondant having a rich chocolate sauce inside and the ice cream was served in a biscuit basket which was a nice touch.
All in all, it was a wonderful meal and the whole bill only came to £68 with tip which was very good value for such a lavish dining experience. The service was impeccable throughout and the live music added to the ambiance. The restaurant also offers a deal : Choose a starter & main course for £14.95 before 6.30pm, £17.95 after & get a bottle of Pinot Grigio or Merlot for £10.00. They even serve a breakfast menu which is renowned for enormous portions and good value prices.

 The table


 A glimpse of the interior


 Place setting and menus


 Place setting


House champagne and Tee-Total cocktail


 Tomato soup and warm roll/ Garlic and rosemary pizza bread
 Above: The main courses. Chicken in Parma ham (bottom of picture) and Goats cheese wellington (top of picture)
 Goats cheese wellington
 Chicken in Parma ham


 Irish coffee and chocolate fondant
Chocolate fondant and pistachio ice cream

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