On Thursday, after work, Fiona and I made our way down Tithebarn Street in the sunshine to The James Monro.
The James Monro is the larger version of the original The Monro on Duke Street. Where The Monro specialises in gastropub classics in a cosy log-fire enviroment, The James Monro is more of a restaurant specialising in a sort of innovative fusion of Irish, English and New York cuisines. The James Monro is a light and bright restaurant with plenty of comfy chairs and booths and dark wood and bright white walls.
We arrived at 5.30pm and so chose to order from the Early Bird Menu which has plenty of choices and costs £11.95 for 2 courses each which is amazingly good value. The menu contains things like rabbit and ox tongue as well as the more pedestrian things like leek and potato soup and salmon. There is a lunch menu and a vast a la carte menu in the evenings with a wide array of different meals.
We ordered a large glass of rose each from the very friendly waitress and pondered the menu. Fiona decided on black pudding and butter beans with chilli and garlic on brioche with balsamic dressing and I chose smoked haddock, pea and pea shoot risotto. Fiona’s black pudding and butter beans was delicious. Soft clumps of savoury black pudding with the earthy butter beans. It was a lovely combination of savoury and sweet and delicious textures. My risotto was moreish and perfectly cooked, large chunks of smoky fish against the soft, clean snap of the peas and the fiery little pea shoots. Heaven in a bowl!
We both chose sirloin steak (a £2.50 supplement), rare, for our main courses. It came served with homemade chips the size of your hand and homemade green peppercorn sauce and salad. The steak was perfectly cooked, pink and juicy with a lovely charred flavour on the outside. The peppercorn sauce was loaded with peppercorns and the chips, well the chips deserve a medal. I think I’ve voted them my favourite chips ever. Huge half moons of crispy, crunchy potato. Soft and creamy on the inside and as crunchy as a, well, crunchie on the outside!!
We decided not to have a pudding and the bill came to £39 including a few soft drinks to help the wine down! All in all, it was an absolutely delicious supper with great company and I would go again!
I also have my eye on this Spanish Wine Tasting evening: http://www.thejamesmonro.com/spanishwinenight.html
The James Monro, 69 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2EN. 0151 236 9700. http://www.thejamesmonro.com/