6th December 2016 1pm

After being recommended this place, I went for a flying visit for lunch with a colleague. Checkpoint was bustling but there were a few free tables. The menu is surprisingly extensive, with salads, ‘Philfy’ rolls, subs etc. After toying with the idea of going for a roll, I decided to go for a large salad (well, I was going out for dinner too!). I chose the quinoa, apple, beetroot, pomegranate and halloumi salad. My friend also chose a salad – this time a flat iron steak salad with baby corn, spring onion kohlrabi and chimichurri.

Halloumi and Quinoa Salad - Checkpoint

Halloumi and Quinoa Salad – Checkpoint

We didn’t wait long for the food and they arrived in ‘interesting’ tableware. I had been pre-warned that @wewantplates would have a field day here. My salad came in a bowl more usually used for mixing and my friend’s salad came in a large tray. This seemed a little pointless, particularly as my bowl kept swivelling round and it was not easy to get a knife and fork into. That being said, the salads themselves were good. My halloumi was plentiful and full of flavour, coated slightly in a crumb for added texture. The beetroot was fresh and worked nicely with the apple. The quinoa added a good base. My only quibble was the salad leaves were of the spindly type. I prefer a more leafy salad. On the other side of the table sat a beautiful looking salad. I was having major salad envy. The steak was cooked perfectly on the rare side. The chimichurri was poured over the meat and salad leaves. This was really a good looking salad that tasted as good as it appeared.

Flat Iron Steak Salad - Checkpoint

Flat Iron Steak Salad – Checkpoint

We were both impressed overall with Checkpoint. We certainly intend to come back.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value 8.5/10

Overall – 32.5/40

Would I eat here again? Yes.

Cost £21 for two large salads and two soft drinks.

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