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Food and booze round-up

We visit The Tea House Cafe, big burgers at The Italian Club, life is a Cabaret in Liverpool One and more

Published on January 14th 2010.


Food and booze round-up


MICRO REVIEW: THE TEA HOUSE CAFE
After branching out last year the successful little Bold Street operation, The Tea House, is back as a lone player.

There's a vast selection on the menu, and you even get a quote from Jesus right at the end:
“I fed five thousand people here for under
a tenner”. Not really,
it's the one about truth and light, which
you won't be after this

The Tea House Cafe had taken over the Heart and Soul premises on Mount Pleasant, a grand Georgian house whose fortunes as a restaurant seem, so far, bedevilled by its location.

One thing that perhaps explains it is the walk up the hill. Patrons of the Tea House who we encountered there last week weren't exactly thin on the ground, in any sense: as plentiful as the dishes on the menu and as supersized as the platefuls. Or maybe they just looked so big because the room is small. You decide.

Vegetable tempura (£3.90), masses of morsels, looked the real Japanese deal: courgette, peppers, aubergine, mushrooms and more encased in a lacy looking batter. Unfortunately, each bite released a warm blast of oil which spoiled the pleasure entirely – a nasty surprise for the friend as well, who had recommended them from previous, better batter experience.

We did well with salt and pepper chicken wings, lipsmacking and backed up by good slivers of chillies, and thick udon Shanghai Noodles from an excellent value £9.95 set menu. This contains options a-plenty and includes a drink or a small glass of house wine.

The Tea House Cafe, with its jumble of Far Eastern cuisines, aims at the skint, starving student. “That's why the dishes are so big!” says the lady, explaining the motherly instinct ethos.

Case in point is the aforementioned massive coil of noodles in a tasty broth with oodles of tender beef and vegetables.

Braised beef flank with radish (£6.50) had been cooked forever and was perfect and deeply savoury, served on a bed of egg fried rice which was a bed of egg fried rice, albeit a king-sized Ikea one.

There's a vast selection on the menu, and you even get a quote from Jesus right at the end. “I fed five thousand people here for under a tenner”. Not really, it's the one about truth and light, which you won't be. Don't plan to go anywhere after you have eaten here, you will struggle to get up from your Formica table.

From the wine list we had a not-very-chilled Canaletto Pinot Grigio for £11.95, but you can go up to a £21 for a chablis or a chateneuf du pape for £26, although why would you, especially when there are dozens of teas, hot, iced and honeyed, starting at just £1?

*The Tea House Cafe
69 Bold Street, L1 4EW
0151 707 2929

Verdict: Go there hungry and you won't go hungry.

AS


Here for the beer
If a sniff and spit of a rich Bordeaux is not your thing, then 60 Hope Street has lined up a Baltic Beer tasting event for an evening of beer and food matching next Tuesday, August 4.

For just £20 per person, the event will be hosted by Simon Holt of the Baltic Fleet. The evening begins in the 60 Bistro at 7pm with an aperitif on arrival; dinner will be served from 7.30pm.

The menu is six courses created by Gary Manning using locally sourced ingredients: Pea whack soup, Southport potted shrimps and toast, selection of cured meats, fish and chips with homemade ketchup, braised beef in ale with mash and Lancashire cheese and Eccles cake to finish

“All of the dishes will be served with different beers that will complement the flavours of the food, plus Simon Holt will be on hand to share his expert knowledge with diners.” It says. Quite whether this includes shouting “Do your talking while you're walking!”, come 11.30pm, remains to be seen.For reservations: 0151 707 6060

Burger meisters
Just up along the road, from The The House, at The Italian Club, Scots-Italian owner Rosaria Crolla has also branched out, offering club burgers, steak sandwiches and pollo milanese to hungry lunchtime hordes on Bold Street, alongside the delicious lasagnes, roasted chicken and big salads that change as the day goes on.

The new additions are all home-made and served on ciabatta with onions and fries and plenty of other naughty guff. A £9.95 treat, proclaimed one punter, Gemma Aldroft, organiser of Geek Chic events, who we spied in there with hubby-actor Mike Neary yesterday. She told us she was lucky enough to have tucked into the burger already and it was well delish.

Rosaria also tells us that TIC offers home catering now, so you can drive by and lash an eight portion, ready made lasagne in with the Duckhams for just £25, should you wish to host a last minute feast for your chums back at the crib. That's £3 a head. What are you waiting for?

Hustle and bust-le
Liz Lacey, Liverpool Confidential contributor and queen of burlesque event-organising in the parish, takes the classic Cabaret formula to Zeligs this Thursday (30 July).

“Don’t miss this great chance to dine, drink and be entertained in one of Liverpool’s most stylish venues”, in an event to be hosted by Desmond O’Connor. Not the singing butt of Eric and Ernie jokes but a comedian, we understand.

"The evening will feature dazzling performances from dancers, musicians and more, offering energy and humour which captures the hearts and souls of an enthralled audience”. It's the right size for it. Could it be the start of something regular?

Three-course dinner & show - £35. Standing tickets - £5. Call 0151 709 7097

Famous Belgians
It's the Belgian Beer Festival at the Ship and Mitre, Dale Street from Weds through to Saturday. What more do you need to know? There will be over 40 extra Belgian bottled and draught products brought in for the event. These will of course be in addition to the 45 Belgian lines that are available at the Ship every day, which translates as loads more fruit, wheat, light, dark, strong and medium beers. The 'Burning Kitchen' team promise tasty Belgian recipes, so chips, moules and mayo all round then?

The Ship is now officially Liverpool's leading free house as, of course, Merseyside CAMRA pub of the year. But you knew that anyway.

And so to bed
The Tuesday Jazz nights at Studio2 bar in Parr Street are becoming established, with folks from around the nation, they say, visiting it each week.

But where to grab some zzzzs? Chris & Carol from the boutique hotel upstairs have got an overnight accommodation offer. Any given Tuesday, subject to availability of course, they now offer a double OR twin room for just £55 for the night.

So you can have that glass and sample the horns, before or after you dander upstairs. For as the song goes, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.... Ring them on 0151 707 1050

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Probing HansJuly 28th 2009.

"Bridal shower nights"? That sounds lime a German porno film.

tea house not meJuly 28th 2009.

TSos is the finest example of anglicised chinese food north of Watford.Tsos offer a real oriental variety but catering for the more pallid english pallet.It is the ideal place for birthdays, hen and stag night bashes and will even do bridal shower nights.Specialities of the house are always available and all forms of payment are accepted by the friendly management and staff.

Hong Kong PhooeyJuly 28th 2009.

T'so's! Also widely known as Tso-Tso's? It was very so-so last time I went in. Rip-off waste of money. Eat the same in the chippy, over the road, the Greek chippy!

tea house not meJuly 28th 2009.

The food is cheap and plentiful grease and carbohydrate smothered in MSG and salt.dont waste your money or kill your heart. go to TSOs.

KenjiJuly 28th 2009.

For me, Tea House is OK, I go there at least once a week. Not expensive and the portion is, well, large! I've been Tso (the one in Queen Square) once and I will not going back, coz the meals were no different from all the Chinese Takeaway.

Hungry HoraceJuly 28th 2009.

Dana International - the problem with Mount Pleasant, or rather the upper reaches of it, is that punters were always put off going up the steep hill by the ugly, noisy squalor at the bottom, the numerous lingering tramps and the fear of being spat upon by the loitering yobs that frequented the YMCA; so the top end was left to students and university staff with the consequence there was no dining trade in the evenings. Things are better nowadays, though Mount Pleasant as an evening destination is seldom if ever mentioned in the local press, despite the proximity of the Everyman Theatre and the distractions of Hope Street.

Paul PaulsJuly 28th 2009.

So, Tea House, Not Me, what time does your shift at So-So's start tonight?

Dana InternationalJuly 28th 2009.

Sad to see that big restaurant in Mount Pleasant failing yet again after Chumkee's efforts with Heart and Soul. . Can someone with a reputation like the Carriage works or 60 not take it over

EuromanJuly 28th 2009.

Italian Club serving "fries"? WTF! Do they mean chips?

tea house not meJuly 28th 2009.

TSos is the finest example of anglicised chinese food north of Watford.Tsos offer a real oriental variety but catering for the more pallid english pallet.It is the ideal place for birthdays, hen and stag night bashes and will even do bridal shower nights.Specialities of the house are always available and all forms of payment are accepted by the friendly management and staff.

SheilaJuly 28th 2009.

Tea House is a little gem. Best Chinese restaurant in Merseyside I'd say. Not posh and not brassy either. Huge portions I agree.lol

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