saturday night at brinkleys

a flaming birthday brownie

a flaming birthday brownie

Saturday night saw me celebrating RP’s birthday at Brinkley’s in Chelsea.  There was a good atmosphere there and I think we all had a good time.  As there were quite a few of us we were given a limited menu to choose from – which is to be expected really.  I had a starter of fig, prosciutto and mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  The fig was good – perfectly ripe, although too cold – it felt as though it had been taken straight from the fridge.  The proscuitto was as expected – although only one slice!  How stingy!  The mozzarella was pretty average – not as tasty as it could be and a little on the rubbery side – it tasted like supermarket standard.  The whole plate was fair, but could have done with a touch of olive oil to finish it off.

My main was a rack of lamb.  It wasn’t too bad – slightly overdone for my liking, but it was a good-sized portion, and was quite tasty. For dessert I chose a selection of Italian cheeses.  I received 4 small slices of cheese and 4 biscuits (again, slightly stingy IMO).  The cheeses weren’t anything amazing, but perfectly good.  But actually all in all, for the amount it cost us for food and for drink (and we certainly consumed a lot of wine), I think it was very good value for money, especially as I was expecting “Chelsea” prices.  And sometimes, just sometimes, a good night out with friends can more than make up for any lackings in the food department!