Grill on the Alley is the original city centre Black House Grill (it has since been joined by the Grill on New York Street). I have previously blogged about the Grill on the (Alderley) Edge (see here).
The Marinated Olives in “Olive Oil” were a little disappointing in a very oily, salty brine – not the quality I would expect from a venue of Grill on the Alley’s standard, price range and reputation.
Before my starter I couldn’t resist a trio of Rock Oysters (served simply with a mignonette sauce, lemon and Tabasco) that pleasingly came freed from the muscle, with no fragments of shell - but sadly they had lost most of their ‘juice’.
As my ‘official’ starter, I selected the Double Baked Cheese Soufflé, which was good - a light airy texture, a good strong cheese flavour and well presented with cresses and mushrooms.
For the main course, I went for the Flattened Rump with Portobello Mushrooms and Balsamic Cipollini Onions – a competitively priced rump that provided good value for money. The accompanying home cut chips were very good.
The Béarnaise came priced at £2.00 and the Asparagus with Béarnaise £4.75; I opted for the latter, which meant I basically got one of my 5-a-day for £2.75 – result! But sadly the Béarnaise was a little bland for my taste – I like a little more sharpness and for the herbs have a greater impact. The Watermelon juice made a refreshing change.
I found the service to be swift, friendly and efficient - suitably pitched for a lunchtime crowd mainly consisting of suited businessmen and women.