We have been dining out at Grill on the Corner for a number of years now, it’s a firm family favourite for us adults. It’s been a long time since we have taken the children (daughter Karam, 10 years old, and son Jeevan 8 years old), so we decided to kick-start our half term holidays and head out for dinner. It is six o’clock on a Thursday evening and the restaurant is already packed with diners. The children are thrilled that they are in an “adult” restaurant, not a screaming toddler or sticky table in sight.
The location is as the name suggests a corner site with floor to ceiling windows adorned in fairy lights. The decor is dark, sleek and stylish.
The restaurant’s mission is to serve no nonsense food, specialising in wholesome ingredients. The dishes on the menu are mainly locally sourced, and are a mix of traditional and modern with a few classics.
For starters we ordered a selection of Crispy Calamari, Seafood Mornay, Thai fish cakes, and a Chicken Caesar salad, Bang Bang Chicken Skewers, olives and garlic bread.
The DIY Garlic bread proved to be a big hit. Warm grilled bread is served in a little wooden box with fresh garlic and a little dish of oil. Just pour the oil and rub the garlic onto the bread. Jeevan found this a little tricky, but soon got the hang of it. Karam didn’t like the way it made her hands smell, but thoroughly enjoyed eating it.
The Crispy Calamari is served with a lemon mayonnaise, it’s a typical calamari dish with a twist, they serve the tails in a crispy batter as well. The tails don’t look very appetising but surprisingly are. The children didn’t like the look of them, but despite that Jeevan was brave enough to try one, and to his surprise he enjoyed it!
J.snr had the Seafood Mornay, which was a combination of prawns, scallops, mussels and leeks served in a traditional Mornay sauce. Karam opted for the Chicken Caesar salad, it was a healthy sized portion. Jeevan had the Chicken Skewers. Why is it that children seem to enjoy the novelty of eating chicken off a stick more than they do if you just served it to them in a plate, he devoured it within minutes! The Fish cakes are cooked Thai style with a sweet chilli dip, we all had a try of these and enjoyed the spicy kick they had.
The restaurant has quite a reputation for fine seafood and excellent steaks and for the month of February the restaurant launched the February Lobster Festival. For my main I ordered the lobster. It is served grilled in a garlic butter with home-cut chips. The high heat turns the lobsters’ shells a rosy red and steams the tender flesh to infuse divine flavour. It was grilled perfectly and I was loathe to share it with the others, it was delicious.
J.snr opted for the steak, it’s a premium quality steak that’s aged for 28 days to ensure tenderness and flavour. Every month the menu offers a different breed from the finest British farms. It is the highest quality meat, traditionally reared to deliver impeccable flavour. This month’s breed is from Hereford, from Geoff Little’s Greenhill Farm. The Cumbrian farm dates back to the 18th century, and the breed is recognised as one of the finest worldwide. The cattle is well known for their wonderful temperament as they avoid stress, which explains the consistent good quality. Interesting facts!
The children both ordered the Classic award winning chicken burger, topped with smoked bacon and cheddar, served with home-cut chips. The mains are all healthy sized portions so there was no need for us to order additional sides.
We love indulging in the desserts at the restaurant, but we were completely stuffed from our fabulous starters and mains. Despite this the children refused to leave without having their sweet dish. One of the reasons we love dining at the Grill is they have a fabulous Sticky Toffee Pudding, Karam opted for this. Be warned it’s a big portion, which was great because it meant we could all have a try! It didn’t disappoint, delicious as always. Jeevan had the Warm chocolate fudge cake which is also served with vanilla ice cream. One minute the plate was set in front of him, the next the cake vanished, he loved it so much he practically inhaled it!
The service is outstanding and the staff make you feel very welcome. We had a wonderful evening, and it was a fab start to the half term.
The GRILL on the CORNER
21-25 Bothwell Street