26th April 2016 6pm
I really didn’t know much about this place apart from that it was in the West End, I liked it’s name and that I’d seen a voucher deal so decided to give the place a go. The voucher was £20 for two starters, mains and two glasses of prosecco.
We had a table reserved in a snug corner with a sofa and a high backed arm chair. The Mad Hatter is a relatively small place but does have a cosy feel. The menu was extensive and offered a good range, although lacking somewhat in the dessert department with only one on offer (but it was sticky toffee pudding). I opted for Camembert to start followed by a steak sandwich for my main. My dining companion went for the duck spring rolls for starter and the same steak sandwich for main.
The starters arrived and we tucked in. I wasn’t expecting the Camembert to be breaded but this was fine and was still very delicious. The accompanying chutney was a perfect match. The rocket had a nice drizzle of balsamic over it. The portion size was generous, particularly for a starter, but at the same time was not over-facing. On the other side of the table the spring rolls were crispy which was a good sign but were deemed satisfactory rather than anything special, although she said the cucumber and dressing were tasty.
We had the same opinion of the main (we were eating the same thing). The steak sandwich and accompaniments were very ample. The ciabatta roll was skewered with a knife and the handle was covered in a stack of onion rings. Inside the ciabatta was plenty of steak, well seasoned and full of flavour, juicy mushrooms, beautifully cooked onions and oozy cheese over the top. The chips were chunky and had a nice crispy outer. However, it was a bit too much for either of us to finish after having a starter.
This was a pleasant meal and certainly filled up our bellies.
Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 31.5/40
Would I eat here again? Probably
Cost £20 with voucher but true cost closer to £45.