Food & Drink Reviews
Let’s set the scene. This venue was once the Red Rooms, and before that it was the rather earthy (read grim) Blackett Arms. Now, a lick of paint and a handful of eclectic styling later, No.28 has emerged, butterfly like, to mark its territory in an area that has been crying out for a decent bar. Which is great news for pretty much everyone. Newly escaped office workers looking for somewhere classy to rest their Prosecco (£2.50 a glass early evening offer!); afternoon shoppers looking for cocktails and snacks, evening diners, late-night revelers... Damn it, you’re all in luck. No28 is a lesson in pleasing all of the people, all of the time.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, No28’s 3am license, cheeky dancefloor and free entry transform the place into a laidback club with an arm’s length of sterling DJs ready to step up to the decks. On weekdays the vibe is one of relaxation and escape – No28 is the perfect stop-off for a beer before home, or post-cinema hang out. Sip chilled wine or smooth coffee and people watch.
Then there’s the food. Pop in for a sandwich or snack, do the glorious roast thing on a Sunday (just £7.95) or go all the way with a proper dinner, like we did. After a smorgasbord of delicacies (mini fishcakes, tortilla and piri piri chicken for two - £10.95) we moved onto the mains. Mine was a generous portion of succulent braised lamb shank served with mashed potato, glossy gravy and a delicious mint and honey sauce (£9.95). My friend had tiger prawns in chilli and coriander with fragrant rice (£8.95). Also delectable. Fat prawns, just the right degree of heat, a fresh herby bite and fluffy, aromatic rice. The dark chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream (£3.95) was our shared desert. It’s rich. It’s lovely. Go and get a bit.
No28 has created a friendly, relaxed dining and drinking experience: it’s as easygoing as you’d expect a bar to be, with food that could hold its own in a formal restaurant. Whether you’re visiting to eat, drink, dance or take on the full gauntlet of treats, this is a place that may well radically change the way you socialise.
No.28 , 27 - 29 Nelson Street, 0191 232 3919.