Happenstance in St. Paul’s

July 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

5108_131533_largeA new bar and restaurant has opened in St. Paul’s. A place with an odd name and free coffee, gorgeous interiors, sweets in the loos and  decent looking food. One cannot be full on decent looking food if it tastes rotten and sadly, half of the items on my plate did not impress.

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We arrived to find Happenstance buzzing – the floor plan serves well for the easy flow of dozens of people coming in and our cocktail in hand, the space is generous and embroidered in the most unassuming items of beauty. The salt dishes, the vases, the chairs, the slates, everything seems to be in tune. The food does not take long to arrive and looks OK if only a little staged. The tower of a burger which was actually very tasty:

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IMG_0174My 5oz steak and the inedible potatoes

I ordered a 5oz steak with double fried chips and kind prawns. The steak was good, juicy and fresh however the chips were a massive disappointment. The food attendant arrived with the bad news: the kitchen is out of double fried chips (at 1pm!) and would I mind having regular chips with my steak. Mind I do not. The food arrives and my chips remain untouched – they tasted of oil, double fried oil, reheated boiled and fried potatoes and more oil. Will I be going back for food there? Perhaps if only to try their po-boy.

Damage: £30 for a lunch which left me hungry.

Positives: I learned a new word on the day.

 

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