A few weeks ago I was invited to Albert Square Chop House to try out their summer lunch menu – and it was an invitation I gladly accepted!
I had dined at Albert Square Chop House once before, and even though I enjoyed my dinner, I didn’t really have particularly high expectations for this lunch offer… I was wrong. Read about my meal and why I’d 100% recommend it!
As soon as I had a taste of the starter, the meal was immediately off to brilliant start! The pickled beetroot was so flavourful – coupled with the sweet yellow cherry tomatoes, it’s the perfect combination! I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of beetroot, but now I’m a convert.
This is a dish made for the heatwave we’ve been having.
I’m disappointed to say that my main course was the weakest link of the entire meal. I’m not saying it wasn’t tasty – it just didn’t have the wow factor I got from the rest of the lunch.
The pastry was nice and flaky and buttery, just how I like it. But the filling left a lot to be desired in that there wasn’t a lot of texture and the puddle of sauce – even though very tasty – didn’t look particular appetising if I must be honest. I’d give it a 7/10… a slight let-down after an absolute knock-out starter!
We weren’t sure if we had room for desserts but we were so glad we gave them a go…
If I had to pick a favourite, I’d say the trifle had a slight edge because of its surprise rhubarb twist (never had rhubarb in a trifle before, I must say!) but also because the strawberry pavlova was a bit too sweet for my liking – I wouldn’t have been able to finish a whole portion myself, but with some help from D, it was manageable and we thoroughly enjoyed both desserts.
*Note that one of our first choices from the lunch menu was unavailable so we went for the off the à la carte menu instead.*
In terms of service, we were served by a very friendly Australian manageress, and we were very well looked-after. As a veggie, I sometimes have dietary requests but nothing was too much of an issue for the staff – 10/10 in that department!
Have you ever been to Albert Square Chop House? Let me know your experience if you have / otherwise I’d recommend you check out their menus here.
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