It’s fair to say in my first week as a West End Girl I have tried more than your average amount of restaurants, but I thought my first review should be reserved for my first eat out spot which also happens to be my new local – The Drake
Last Monday afternoon after a heavy morning of unloading boxes and bags I thought a well deserved pub lunch was in order. I’ve had my eye on The Drake located on the corner of Woodlands Road and Lyndoch Street for quite some time, and it’s fair to say it didn’t disappoint me.
Located down a rickety set of stone steps The Drake is a cosy snug of a bar located in the basement of the large corner building. Its original stone walls, wooden chairs & leather booths give it a well worn charm with some artfully mismatched old books and random objects scattered about enhancing the feel.For me the decor was exactly what it should be for a warm and welcoming bar located in an old building.
It was a Monday lunch time so I can’t really comment too much about atmosphere because I wouldn’t really expect much of a buzz at 12.30 in the afternoon. The staff however were really friendly and took their time going through all the various options and specials.
The Drake offer a 2 course Business Lunch for £7.95 which I was tempted by but felt that this was our first west end meal so we should go crazy and order from their normal menu, the A La Carte Menu looks really tempting with dishes like – Boar Sausages & Braised Rabbit and Root Vegetable Terrine to start and mains of Beef Oxtail Ravioli or Pan Fried Filet of Pollock to tempt your taste buds. I thought I would start with something a little plainer – For me this consisted of a Salted Shredded Beef starter served on a green salad (what it consisted of I couldn’t actually tell you – stringy things and tasty little beans) which was delicious and extremely morish.
My second course was The Drake Burger – I always feel that a restaurants burger is a good measure of their menu generally. If a chef can’t get the burger right I find that there is little hope for the rest of the menu. Lucky The Drakes 6oz Steak Burger which was served with really lovely dry crispy hand cut chips was a winner. I opted for the addition of Mature Cheddar & Ayrshire Back Bacon which to be honest I probably wouldn’t add again, the burger was so big and juicy that I couldn’t especially taste my added items.
Unlike me I had no room for any kind of pud, although I did have my eye on the Belgian Chocolate Tart served with Horlicks Ice Cream….Definitely next time!