FESTIVE CHEER AT CHEZ BOB
Louisa Walters (and helpers!) samples a fantastic festive menu
The Restaurant Club was invited to curate a focus group to test the Christmas menu at Chez Bob. Six of us were seated at a lovely square table and presented with tasters from the ‘Holiday Cheer’ menu, which is available from now until 22 December. Let’s talk first about the wine. Chez Bob has really upped its game in this department by bringing in top quality wines but they are keeping the prices manageable. Furthermore ALL wines are available by the glass. What’s not to like about that?! We tried a stunning (and I really do mean that) Hattingley Valley (English) sparkling rose, a seriously smooth, deep, mellow Cannonball Merlot (California) and a beautifully crisp yet intensely flavoured Viognier (California).
And now for the main event. The teriyaki spare ribs were sensational – lean but meaty with a really zingy sauce. Oohs and ahhs all round for the curried carrot and parsnip soup with carrot ‘crisps’ and we all tucked in merrily to a really lovely festive goats cheese and cranberry salad with candied walnuts. The roast turkey main course was great – lovely succulent turkey with honeyed carrots and parsnips, pigs in blankets and roast spuds. We all loved the crispy skin salmon with a creamy moreish celeriac and almond mash. Veggies have been well thought of with a sweet potato, aubergine and cauliflower lasagne. All portions are HUGE! A lovely indulgent steamed chocolate pudding and a tangy lemon curd cheesecake played second fiddle (in my opinion) to an all-out wacky ‘Happy Sundae’ – which marries sticky toffee pudding chunks with ice-cream and caramel popcorn!
Priced at £17.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three this menu represents terrific value and TRC Cardholders will get a complimentary glass of fizz per guest for bookings of more than four. If you are planning an office dinner/mums’ night out or any type of group outing I can’t recommend Chez Bob’s offering highly enough. We gave them honest feedback so although it was really good it should be EVEN BETTER by the time you go!
The Holiday Cheer menu is available in Chez Bob Whetstone and Chez Bob Belsize Park until 22 December from noon daily for parties of four or more.