The venue in Water Street is iconic. Formerly Bank of Liverpool, it boasts marble columns in a palatial setting. It is dining on a grand scale. The central bar is awe-inspiring. The interior décor is state of the art whilst still being inviting and the seating is elegant yet comfortable.
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His & Hers had dinner here when it first opened. The food and the service was impeccable. I remember there was a good ambassador explaining the provenance of the meat. The Argentine beef is carbon neutral and utterly delicious. We were intrigued to to sample the brunch feast, with its accompanying drinks options.
The brunch happens from 12.30pm onwards. Check when booking for finishing times. We understand that the drinks are available for 90 minutes, and that guests are encouraged to drink responsibly.
We know how good the beef is, so we decided on vegetarian options. Lauren who served us was really accomplished. She explained all the choices and made us feel totally relaxed and she was charming and looked after us really well.
We started with bread: sourdough and pandebono with chimichurri (Argentinian sauce with olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, oregano, garlic and red pepper flakes). Pandebono is made with cornflour and cheese. Totally scrumptious.
For our starter we chose burrata. This was a cherry tomato jam, smashed avocado with toasted sourdough. Off to a really good start: good combination with a rich, juicy taste. Our main was ancient grain salad. This was chewy and nourishing with a subtle underlying flavour that brightened the taste buds. The ingredients: almonds, pistachios, chick-peas, cranberries, sesame crusted feta, and Green Goddess dressing are definitely a healthy choice that taste so good.
Chocolate brownies and caramelised banana pancakes were on the dessert menu. The drinks menu is comprehensive, cocktails, wine and lager with great tasting non-alcoholic options.
There are meat dishes to choose from too. The brunch burger is a beef patty with Portobello mushrooms, streaky bacon, chips or salads. Or try the classic steak, egg and chimichurri.
The building is heritage: a glimpse back into a past when banks were imposing, not an online entity. Think of it as a piece of beautiful history with the benefit of beautiful food.
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