I love trying out new restaurants so that I can experience new food and enjoy a different setting to what I've been used to in the past, so when Neighbourhood Restaurant asked if I'd like come and try their new menu I was more than happy to oblige. The restaurant is located on Castle Street in Liverpool City Centre and offer a good range of food from numerous menus to suit your taste. I visited last Thursday evening at around 7pm to try out their dinner menu.


They have an impressive bar at Neighbourhood with a great selection of drinks so there should be something for everyone. I ended up going for a pint of Moretti Beer (£4.50) as I'm always partial to a good beer when I go out for food. Laura went for something a bit more exciting and enjoyed a couple of Pornstar Martini's (£10.50 each) which are made up of Absolut Vanilla, butterscotch schnapps, vanilla and caramel syrup, pineapple, lemon juice, passionfruit puree and prosecco. I'm not really a cocktail person but after trying some of this one, I could quite easily have enjoyed a couple myself if I hadn't been driving. There were quite a few people just enjoying the bar area, which seemed like an ideal spot after a busy day at the office.


The new dinner menu has a mix of small plates. mains, grill options, sides and fish items so it took me a while to decide what to go for. After weighing up the different options I went for the Sirloin Steak (£25.50) which came with a side of fries. I opted to have it cooked medium/rare which left plenty of flavour in the meat while not being too chewy with a generous helping of peppercorn sauce. You can also have Bearnaise or Cafe de Paris butter with your steak. This was the perfect addition as it gave a good coating and wasn't too overpowering so that you weren't able to taste the meat. Laura chose the Chicken Lollipops in a lime and coriander dip (£9.75) from the Small Plates section and went for a side of Parmesan & Truffle Fries (£3.75). The chicken was fresh with a good coating and worked really well with the dip. Having such thin chips allowed for the seasoning to spread across them all and were different to any I've had before.


Now, who doesn't love a good dessert? You can choose from one of six options on the menu with myself and Laura normally going for different dessert so we can share each others. This time we both couldn't resist going for the Chocolate Bomb (£8.50) which is a chocolate shell with caramel and hot chocolate sauce. I've never had one of these melting chocolate spheres before and it was really impressive to watch it melt in front of you which I managed to capture in the photos below. The chocolate was super thin with a nice chocolate crumb which also came with a pineapple chunk and sauce which did make it a little tart. Some of the other desserts do come with fruit in so if you're not as keen on this then you may be a bit limited.


One of the things that stood out to me about Neighbourhood Liverpool was the design and decor of the building. It's within an old bank which gives some of the impressive features and makes it like no other place you will have been in before. It's all open plan with a number of different levels to section off the bar from the dining level. The unique lighting and metal features portrays a modern aesthetic and I found myself taking this in while visiting. We had a warm welcome to the restaurant and the staff were really friendly and keen to help. When an allergy was mentioned they double checked about other dishes to make sure they were suitable which was reassuring. The only thing I would say is the service was a little slower than other places I've been to, but if you're in no rush as we were then you can sit back and enjoy your drinks as you wait.


In summary, I had a really great time trying out the food and drinks at Neighbourhood Restaurant in Liverpool. The new menu is definitely worth testing out and I'd be interested to see what some of the other food is like such as the Sushi. I think the next time I visit I'll make better use of the bar area as it seems a nice place to relax with a cool drink in hand.

*Review in exchange for food.