All Bar One in Leicester Square has a relaunch night recently but unfortunately I was unable to make it that evening, lucky for me though they kindly invited me along to do a review of their new menu. I went along, friend and camera in tow to take a look around and enjoy a meal. For anyone that doesn’t get out much All Bar One for anyone is a lively fun place to meet with friends for food and drinks and they also have wifi which is handy too. There are branches located all over the country and I got to visit their site in London’s West End, handy for me as I do get invited to a few events in the area so now I know where I can pop in for lunch and get some great food.
All the staff were very friendly and the gentleman serving us on our visit was an extremely animated and friendly chap called Mo. Now naturally not knowing whether he was like this with all diners I must admit I was a bit suspicious as to whether we were getting special treatment as we were there to review so unbeknown to him I watched him like a hawk and was pleased to see he was just as good with all of the other customers he was serving.
The drinks menu is varied and there are some great cold pressed juices, cocktails and a large selection of wines available. We let Mo choose what we had to drink and it was a good job we did.
The cocktails were delicious, Mo did a great job on these. The alcohol wasn’t too overpowering and the flavour combinations worked well. The prices are reasonable for the West End at £7.50.
The menu is varied with a mix of Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican and American foods that all sounded delicious. After studying the menu we finally decided on our starters. It wasn’t long until they arrived which was good as we had walked around Leicester Square beforehand and had built up an appetite.
The ginger and teriyaki chicken skewers were served on a tasty bed of picked vegetables that gave the dish a good contrast of flavours. The chicken was nice and tender and moist and with the sauce and vegetables you have a fair amount of flavour in this dish.
The calamari had a nice crispy coating that was lightly seasoned and the squid itself was tender. There was chilli in the batter but it wasn’t excessively hot. This was well paired with the sweet chilli sauce.
The duck dumplings were packed full of nice thick pieces of duck and vegetables and plenty of flavour. The sweet chilli sauce served with the dumplings complemented them well.
The dishes were nicely presented and the garnishes used were all fresh.
I noticed there was an offer for the starters, you can get 3 for £17 or 5 for £25 which is great if you just want a few things to nibble on with a meal.
The Main Dish
It had been a while since we had last had burgers so when we saw the Wagu burgers on the menu the decision was immediately made.
The burgers were nice and thick and the meat was slightly pink in the centre. We were not asked as to our preference in relation to how well we wanted our burgers cooked, I’d have gone for a little pinker myself but it was still nice enough. Again the presentation was good and the burgers were big, juicy and tasty. The chips had a good crunchy outer and were soft and fluffy on the inside. I quite liked the chilli and tomato jam although it didn’t seem at all spicy just sweet.
I’ve been on a role recently and have noticed I have been continuously defeated by meals on my trips out in this instance I might have managed it all if I had skipped dessert but I couldn’t bare to do that as I had already decided what I had wanted to try – or at least narrowed it down a bit. In the above picture you can see how much I I had to leave of the meal although it was a good attempt on my behalf and I was a good girl and ate all the meat (yum!). I must bring my husband here sometime as I know he will enjoy the burgers too.
The good thing about going with others to enjoy a meal like this is that you get to shared desserts or not if you so prefer. I love to try different desserts as it help give me inspiration for my own recipes.
The cheese cake was lovely and thick and creamy with a nice crunchy biscuit base. There was a fair amount of flavour to this so we felt the compote that came with it wasn’t really needed. The flavour of the lemon comes through nicely and this was a really good choice.
The churros were warm when they arrived and were accompanied by a warm Dulce de Leche sauce. The cinnamon sugar was gorgeous just as expected (I’ve had this elsewhere a few time and love it) and again was a fabulously good choice. The great thing is that this dish is big enough to share. Again another good choice.
There are some other great sounding desserts on the menu that I hope to go back and enjoy soon especially the salted caramel torte which I am sure is divine.
By this stage we were stuffed silly but extremely satisfied with out meal. Our experience at All Bar One was a very good one and we would not hesitate to return, we still have more items on the menu that we want to try!!!!
Have you guys tried the latest All Bar One Menu yet?
All Bar One
48 Leicester Square
020 3846 1451
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I was invited to enjoy a meal at the restaurant, all opinions expressed are my own.