8th October 2015 – 6pm
My friend had bought us a voucher deal for Spit/Fire, which is brought to you by the same peeps as the Hanging Bat. She experienced quite a bit of difficulty getting the table booked and it took about four attempts, both online and on the phone. Not a good start. However, I’m not one to let these sorts of things get in the way of me and my food.
Situated on Dublin Street, we went down a few steps and entered a smallish venue. However, we only got to see the upstairs section as that was where we were dining but there is another dining experience on the lower floor of the restaurant. It seemed like a nice place, Although the white tiling did make it look a little cold, but was balanced up by some lovely red cushions. The voucher we had was for a bun with hand cut chips each. There was a choice of 4 meat options and one veggie. Drinks orders were taken. I asked for Diet Coke but they were sold out. So I quickly opted for the full fat version without thinking and bounced off the walls on the sugar. The drink was served in a can so surely they could have got a few in from a local shop, particularly for such a regularly chosen drink. My friend went for beer which was much more straightforward, again served in a can. We continued to gaze over the menu. The choices were all tasty looking. Also, off the voucher deal some of the ribs sounded amazing. In the end I went for the shredded duck bun and my dining companion went for pulled beef brisket.
We did not have to wait too long for our food. They were plated in enamel baking dishes. As the dish was cold, the chips went cold quickly. However, they were proper chips and tasted good. The bun was toasted slightly but was still soft and filled with tons of meat. So much so it was tumbling out of the roll. The meat was moist but perhaps didn’t offer as much flavour as I was expecting.. The slaw in the roll was crunchy and the plum sauce was quite sweet but not cloyingly so. A similar experience was had with the brisket. The gherkins cut finely so they weren’t too intrusive but complaints about cooling chips spoilt it a bit.
Whilst the ingredients at Spit/Fire were of good quality, I am not sure whether I’d pay full price for what was decent but not spectacular food. If I was in the area I’d pop in but I wasn’t wowed enough to make me purposefully visit.
Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 7/10
Overall – 29/40
Deal £12 drinks £5. Full price closer to £30.