AT THE REVOLUTION
I always have good vibes when it’s time to visit the Revolution Bar Kitchen in The Electric Press, Millennium Square for whatever the reason
I know I will get quality food and fantastic cocktails made to high standards that won’t break the bank and are far superior to some of the more pricey establishments I have visited over the years up and down the country.
It was a cool but quiet mid-week night in the city but the Revolution Bar and Kitchen still had a certain gastronomic buzz about it.
Friendliness is the key to this establishment and our server was quick off the blocks to attend to us and make us feel welcome. You can’t visit this place without trying one of their cocktails – and my colleague and I certainly know our cocktails having both sampled them around the world over the years in some of the most famous cocktail lounges, who sport celebrity mixologists.
My choice was Dark and Stormy with rum and old Jamaican ginger beer and a dash of lime. The presentation was perfect and in line with the no straws policy of Revolution. The wooden spatula added a certain prowess to the drink. I could really taste the rum in the cocktail and it wasn’t masked by the ginger and lime giving it a really tangy taste.
Pornstar Martini was my colleague’s choice. Having had this dozens of times she declared this was “one of the best”. It had a strong taste of passion fruit not just the obligatory piece floating on top, perfectly mixed with the vodka and other elements. The Freixenet Prosecco chaser made the perfect contrast between the sweet and the dry of the drink. Both cocktails were iced but not to the slush puppy degree often found in bars.
We chose our starter from the small plates menu – well small they are not. They are quite substantial compared with some establishments.
We opted for the Calamari which thankfully came in little batter parcels not the plastic ring guise and was soft and tender. Accompanying this we decided on Popcorn Halloumi served with tomato and roasted pepper salsa. The Halloumi had a smooth texture, again not plastic style, and the salsa was smooth and not too spicy. You could really taste the peppers and they gave a new dimension to the Halloumi.
We chose garlic flatbread to accompany our starters. This came warm and not overly doused in garlic butter but the best thing was it just melted in your mouth and didn’t have that usual leather texture.
I decided to go with our server’s choice Chicken Parmesan from the Summer Menu and I could not have made a better decision. This is decidedly one of the tastiest and best dishes I have sampled this year.
It came in its own iron pan and was a chicken breast butter milk fried. It was so tender it literally melted in your mouth. I am not a lover of sauces, and often avoid them, but the rich smoky tomato Manchego cheese sauce was just so delicious I adored it and it gave the dish a slight kick. The dish was dusted with cheese and came with a crunchy courgette salad and fries. A perfectly balanced main course that tasted as good as it looked.
The skinny blackened chicken from the burger menu was my colleague’s choice. It came without a bun and like my chicken was ultra tender it just fell apart. Mildly spicy it was cooked to perfection and came with coleslaw and sweet potato fries.
As one who believes that most chocolate brownies taste like oxo cubes with sugar I was rather curious what the Revolution’s would taste like. However the Chocolate Concrete Sundae changed my mind about brownies – they can be chewy, tasty and very palatable. Smothered in salted caramel and chocolate sauce, popping candy, rainbow drops and bourbon biscuits it was a real heaven on a plate.
My colleagues Baked New York Cheesecake also won approval. It was light and the addition of crème fraiche instead of cream was excellent as fresh cream can make it too rich.
The Revolution takes on different vibes at weekends and in the warmer weather when alfresco dining is the order of the day and there are events on the square. But then it can be exactly what you want it to be. But one thing is for sure its excellent value and quality food and some of the best cocktails in town.
The Revolution Bar and Kitchen served food from 12 noon to 9.00pm. The bar is open until 3.00am.
The Revolution Bar and Kitchen is in the Electric Press, Millennium Square. Tel: 0113 380 4992