A couple of weeks ago, I was kindly invited to try a
selection of food that was on offer at Winchester’s No. 5 Bridge Street restaurant*.
I, of course, accepted this offer as I always love trying new food and finding
new places to eat. Initially, Greg was going to come with me but decided to run
away a Viking that weekend instead so I took my one of my sisters with me
Having opened in 2011, No. 5 Bridge Street is located in the
centre of Winchester and prides itself on having a variety of some of the best
food and wines on offer in the South East. The restaurant has a rustic
and sophisticated feel to its layout. Along with its inside and outdoor
courtyard area it creates a fantastic atmosphere for socialising with friends
and family for a few drinks or a bite to eat.
The menu boasts a selection of high quality local meat and
vegetarian dishes. We were given a standard menu as we were seated at the table
and there was also a specials board located above the fire place.
Upon, looking at the menu, each of the dishes are all
reasonably priced. The menu recommends ordering 3-4 dishes per person to so
that you can share with others and eat them in a tapas style. Flo and I only
ordered 5 dishes between the two of us because a) it was an incredibly hot day
and we didn’t have much of an appetite and b) because the portion sizes are a
decent size that we felt having 3-4 dishes each would be far too much for us!
That’s not a complaint at all, I’m just trying to express the point that you
get a decent amount of food for the price of each dish.
I’m going to list each dish below with both of our thoughts
on it in order to give it a fair and descriptive review:
Aromatic Couscous with Crispy Artichokes and Harissa Labneh:
The couscous was served with peices of artichoke that had a crisp and
tangy taste to them. The sauce it was served in tangy tomato flavour which
worked well together. Being a big fan of couscous, I thoroughly enjoyed
Griolles on Toasted Brioche and Tarragon Butter: The shallots had a correct amount of saltiness to them and
tasted beautiful when eaten with the bread and butter it was fried in. The
only negative comment I would have to say on this is that it was
incredibly rich so a dish that is best served between two.
Tomatoes, Shallot Baby Gem Salad, served with Fresh Basil and Sherry Vinegar Dressing: The Bericus Tomatoes tasted like beef tomatoes cut up in to neat
little chucks, served along with shredded lettuce and fresh basil leaves.
The dish had a sherry vinegar dressing on it which gave it a mild spicy
but tangy taste. Although I personally love salad and find it quite
refreshing on a hot summer’s day, a lot of people find it boring but the
way this dish was prepared would make most people enjoy having salad.
Tart Tatin, Cumin Honey and Whipped Feta: The parsnip tart wasn’t what you would consider a traditional tart
as it wasn’t covered in pastry. It was moulded together in a tomato sauce
with a cumin honey glazing, topped with whipped feta. The cumin honey gave
it an incredibly sweet twang but the parsnips and tomato sauce gave it an
equally weighted savoury flavour and the feta complimented it with a
creamy flavour. It all worked well together and was incredibly tasty.
Although we were both incredibly full and perfectly
satisfied with the dishes that we had just eaten, we both decided to try a
pudding. Flo decided to order the Dark Chocolate Mousse, served with banana, peanut
butter and milk. The puddings all sounded delicious so I had trouble deciding
which one to choose. I eventually decided to go for the Orange and Cinnamon
Rice Pudding, served with yoghurt sorbet.
I’m not really a fan of chocolate flavoured things so only
tried a spoonful of Flo’s mousse. Flo really enjoyed it though but she likes
chocolate flavoured puddings, so if you do too then you will probably enjoy it.
The rice pudding, on the other hand, was absolutely delicious. The orange and
the cinnamon in it gave it a nice subtle sweet taste which was perfect for
someone that isn’t a fan overly sweet food like me.
Unfortunately as I was driving, I couldn’t sample any
alcoholic drinks so I decided to check out the mocktail collection that was on
offer. I decided to go with a Virgin Mojito as I always have a softspot for
Mojitos if I’m drinking alcoholic cocktails. The Mojito was mixed well and
tasted exactly like a real Mojito just minus the slight distinct alcoholic
Flo decided to order an alcoholic cocktail by going for a
Cosmopolitan. I only had a couple of sips of Flo’s Cosmo but it had a sharp,
citrus taste that wasn’t overly sweet and had a pretty colour to it.
We both really enjoyed our experience of what No. 5 Bridge
Street had to offer and I would be more than happy to return another time for a
date night with Greg or just for a social catch up with friends. All the staff
were friendly and service was quick but the restaurant was reasonably empty so
I couldn’t comment on this if it was packed. There wasn’t any food or drinks
that disappointed us in the slightest and even thinking about it making my
mouth water slightly as it was so good!
As I like to give honest reviews, the only bad point I could give is that it was a little confusing which dishes were vegetarian friendly as they didn’t have a V marked next to them. Other than that, I can’t fault the resturant in any other way.
Have you tried No. 5 Bridge Street?
*Complimentary meal, all opinions my own.