The Living Room is an elegant and laid-back bar hidden amongst the busy chains in Deansgate, Manchester.
What first catches your eye is an open terrace area, with wicker seats, perfect for a relaxed drink al fresco. Oh, and by the way, if you take anything from reading this:
Their happy hour is from 5pm Mon-Thurs and is 241 on cocktails!!!
When I went inside, I was taken aback by the venue’s swanky feel. The theme is tropical-art-deco (bear with me), with plush pink cushions and mint green booths accompanied by gold pineapples and leafy wallpaper.
There is a bar upstairs that’s hosted the likes of David Beckham, as well as Cally-Jane Beech from Love Island more recently – totally my crowd…
We started with some Cosmos… oh and the bread and olives. The bread was fresh and warm, but the balsamic & olive oil to dip it in was a little bitter for my taste.
But our starter, smokey coated calamari (£6) more than made up for it. The little bites were perfectly crispy and accompanied with a creamy lemon and chive mayo dip.
For the mains, my friend had truffle and cheese gnocchi (£10) with slow-roasted tomatoes, asparagus, pesto and toasted cashews. She also ordered a side salad which was yummy, but not at all required, the main was enough!
I had a rump steak (£15) with maple bacon and asparagus, topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese (are you drooling yet?!).
They also offer lots of different cuts of steaks – Sirloin and Fillet – along with a range sauces and toppings. King prawns cooked in garlic butter with spinach and chives was the other one that tempted me .
The steak was perfectly cooked (medium rare, natch) and served with chunky chips, roasted beef tomato wedges, charred baby gem, crispy onions and Worcestershire sauce butter.
All the meat is sourced from Little Middop farm in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire – so you don’t feel as guilty for tucking into a steak. A really hearty pub meal, which made me feel totally stuffed… until I saw dessert.
Oh. My. Chocolatey. God.
I tried the popping double chocolate sundae (£7), and when I say tried, I mean it. It was huge, with layers of rich brownie, ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, topped with popping candy, biscuit sprinkles and almond granola sundae.
And breathe. The marshmallows particularly added to the texture of the dish. I could honestly eat that dessert on repeat (if only it was calorie-free!).
The staff were wonderfully attentive, cocktails well mixed and food perfectly served and fairly-priced – would definitely eat here again.
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