You know that tricky scenario when you want to go for dinner but you’re also poor?
There are options available to you, such as:
- Take a Pepperami to a Michelin star restaurant and eat it in the toilet before leaving
- Have a Pot Noodle in the park
Sadly I’m not allowed to lower myself to these levels as I’d have my official #Foodie hashtag removed.
So, rewind to Monday 27th February, one day before pay day. I remember it well, I was hungry and I was poor.
I’d wanted to visit The Quality Chop House in Farringdon for ages and never got round to it, then on Monday 27th February I discovered they do BYO on Mondays.
I should specify here that the ‘your own’ here refers to wine – not chops. Going to a ‘chop house’ and bringing your own chop is almost always frowned upon – you wouldn’t rock up to KFC with your own chicken would you?
I booked a table and headed to Tesco to grab as many bottles of Echo Falls I could carry. Three bottles of Echo Falls is as many as I could carry – one under each arm, one clutched in a hand, with one hand free for other activities.
“Good evening, would you like me to pour your wine?” The waitress asked.
“Erm? Decant it first for goodness sake.”
“Of course, and can I take your order?”
“Perhaps first you could advise what would best compliment my Echo Falls Peach And Mango flavoured wine.”
“Oh, without doubt the leeks followed by the mince on toast.”
The burnt leeks and anchovy was underwhelming. Fine, but not great – which is why I used the word ‘underwhelming’.
Now I think about it, I’m not sure it’s the right word – if the leeks had blown my mind would I have described it as ‘overwhelming’? I doubt it. Being ‘overwhelmed’ by leeks sounds like something that might happen to a frail old man at an allotment. Think on.
That’s a dreadful photograph, I blame the fact I’d just polished off my second bottle of Echo Falls – this time I quaffed Strawberry And Lime flavoured wine.
This dish was not underwhelming, if it was appropriate to use the word ‘whelmed’ I’d say it well and truly whelmed me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beef dripping toast made me feel all warm inside.
I also had a delicious treacle tart, but I didn’t take a picture of that as after the bottle of Echo Fruit Rose Summer Berries flavoured wine I could no longer operate my phone.
All in all, a ruddy good experience.
Four boys out of five.