Rump Steak - Shebeen

Shebeen – Dalry

7th February 2017 6.15pm

www.shebeenbar.co.uk

We were actually booked into the Morrison St branch but a call just over an hour before our booking confirmed an issue with gas and the grill and they offered to move us to the Dalry Road branch, which didn’t pose too much of a problem. It was a dreich night and as a result the restaurant was a little chilly. However, the restaurant braced it’s South African roots with décor and music to buoy you. I had been recommended Shebeen a couple of times for its steaks, so I had to choose a steak. Shebeen offers a variety of steaks – rump and sirloin are available in ‘cheetah’ size (up to 480g) and ‘lion’ (over 500g) and then when available, t-bone and rib-eye are also options. I went for the cheetah sized beef rump and ordered monkey gland sauce on the side. My friend went for the rack of ribs. We both chose calamari for our starters.

Shebeen

Shebeen

The calamari came out very quickly. Served in a bucket on a plate with side salad and a sweet chilli mayo, it looked nice but meant having to lift the big bits of calamari out onto the plate to cut. The calamari was covered in a nice herby batter. It was just a shame it didn’t actually stay on the calamari. The seafood itself was a touch rubbery, which was a shame but it wasn’t as far as making it inedible. We kept our fingers crossed that the mains would be a bit better.

Calamari - Shebeen

Calamari – Shebeen

The mains came out and whilst we knew the portions would be big, we were still stunned with the size on arrival. My steak was verging on 2 inches thick (the photo doesn’t do it justice). Cooked exactly as I requested it – rare – and coated with their own special rub which was tasty. The steak was served with a small number of chunky chips (when I say small, I mean 4, but they were huge), mushroom, onion rings and a side salad. This was a hearty plate of food. The monkey gland sauce consisted of onion, garlic, smoked paprika, mango chutney, chilli, Worcestershire sauce and port, which was sweet but delicious. The whole dish was full of flavour and I have to comment on how tasty that mushroom was, even if it wasn’t the star of the dish. This was a good course. On the other side of the table, the ribs came with the same accompaniments, even though it hadn’t be advertised as such on the menu. There was lots of meat on the ribs and the flavour was excellent. She sung the meat’s praises. Sadly due to the volume she couldn’t eat much else on the plate but she enjoyed what she had.

As we were, unsurprisingly, too full to finish everything we had to pass on desserts, which was a shame as I had been eyeing up the peppermint crisp tart.

Overall Shebeen is good. A little costly, particularly the starters (£7.50 for the calamari) but the mains are probably worth it.

Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 7/10

Overall – 29.5/40

Would I eat here again? Maybe

Cost £55 for two starters, mains and diet cokes

Knights Kitchen

30th April 2016 1pm

www.knightskitchen.co.uk

Well I’ll be honest, this hadn’t been our intended destination. We were heading somewhere else which was quirky but also unexpectedly shut, so we took the opportunity to try Knights Kitchen which was a stone’s throw away. Knights Kitchen offers African food and this cosy little restaurant is decked out so you definitely feel that you are transported somewhere else. We were warmly greeted and offered a table. We timed it quite well as whilst it was relatively quiet on arrival, the place was pretty full not long after.

My visit was with Ann from A Quirky Lifestyle. She asked the waitress for some recommendations. She recommended the pili pili karanga (a chilli dish) and cassava chips, so we ordered those as starters to share, even though the chips were actually a side. I already knew I was going to have a bunny chow  (not made of bunny) as I’ve wanted to try one ever since I saw a stall serving them at Glastonbury – I was just never near the stall when I was hungry. Ann asked the waitress again for a suggestion. She found it harder this time as the waitress was vegetarian and many of the dishes are a carnivores delight but she suggested two which are popular with their diners. Ann went for the suggestion of the Masai Mara meat. We also ordered a cocktail each.

When the food arrived it came almost all at the same time, which we had not really been expecting. So whilst we made a start on what was essentially our starters we abandoned these so our mains wouldn’t get too cold. On the starters, neither of us really got into the cassava chips. They seemed a bit too big and the centres weren’t really to our taste. There were also too many of them at this size. The pili pili karanga was nice. The chillis were good but again, quite a few of them and not for the feint hearted. Our cocktails looked impressive and tasted lovely. I had gone for the Sahara Sunset which was sweet and just to my taste. Ann had chosen the Dawa which was more of a tart cocktail with cinnamon and lemon and lime juice.

The mains were a much more exciting affair. My bunny chow consisted of a bread roll, which had been opened out and had a South African chilli (similar to chilli con carne) spooned in. This came with two small salad type dishes, one with tomato as its main component and the other red cabbage. I adored this bunny chow. The bread makes a nice alternative to rice and the chilli was full of flavour without being too punchy with chillies. The salsa/salads worked well but the tomato one was definitely the best of the two. On the other side of the table, the Masai Mara meat was certainly a meat feast. This platter is available for a single serving or a sharing for two. The platter included South African sausage, steak, lamb koftas and chicken wings. This was accompanied by a number of different dips. Ann enjoyed this platter but did have to admit defeat. However, the waitress kindly offered to box up the rest for Ann to take home.

Knights Kitchen is definitely a different offering and had some highs on the menu.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7.5/10
Value – 8.5/10

Overall 32/40

Would I go here again? Probably

Cost £38 for a starter, a side, two mains and two cocktails.

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