Hazel’s Birthday

The day came when Haze became another year older and we had an excuse to drink Prosecco before midday.

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Hazel really is my sister from another mister, my better half, my partner in crime…’n’ all that jazz. We’ve probably only been best friends for just over 2 years but it’s funny how quickly someone can become such a massive part of your life and leave you wondering how you ever coped without them. Our boyfriends often joke that actually we’re girlfriends and we love each other more than we love them! I mean…it is close, but we just stand in as each others replacements when our boyfriends aren’t around.

We started with a cocktail at our favourite place..Grand Pacific

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before moving across to Menagerie. None of us had ever been before but we’d heard great things so we were excited to try it out.

We arrived and perched ourselves at the bar with a bottle of bubbly and waited for Fran.

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An hour and a half later she arrived and was welcomed by some fairly tiddly girls who’d drunk their fair share of Prosecco, and tried a couple of the new cocktails that were being created for the Winter menu.

_DSC0999 (1)We were used as taste testers…which we did not object to. If you go to Menagerie try the ‘It’s Not Terry’s’ – an incredibly delicious chocolate orange cocktail named by yours truly (by that I mean Blythe, but still..we as a collective gave it two thumbs up).

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The decor played up to the restaurants name very well. Menagerie literally means a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition. So there were flamingos, gorillas and lions everywhere (not literally – it’s not a zoo) but there is a table inside a giant bird cage is a pretty cool touch!

_DSC1003 _DSC1006We were seated at our table and our charming waiter Ed couldn’t do enough to help.

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^ On the weekends these ariel hoops hanging above the table have acrobatic performers swinging from them. I get the feeling that the whole restaurant is putting on a show for you!

Food wise we decided to go for a few small dishes to share to start and then a main each.

_DSC1023Open Temaki “tacos” (Tuna tacos), Deep Fried Mac & cheese and Caramelized Halloumi.

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Get them all, they’re uh-mazing!!!!!

_DSC1028For my main course I had sashimi grade tuna which was so delicious. It literally melted in your mouth and the sweet potato fries were so good. Ed recommended the Chimichurrie sauce to go with it which was perfect.

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Haze went for tempura seabass with sweet potato fries and all that jazz.

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Blythe went for a cauliflower ‘steak’ which looked incredible –  I think I’m going to have to have that next time!

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and Fran went for half a seabass.

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Photos done everyone got stuck in and raved about how amazing theres were. There wasn’t much sharing (which we normally do) so we must have all felt they were too good to share and wanted to keep it all to ourselves! A little bit selfish I know, but we’ll see it as a good excuse to go back and try the rest of the menu.

_DSC1027By the time we had finished the sun had set and the room was lit up by neon lights.

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We had a sneak peek behind the curtain into another part of the restaurant. There’s a catwalk in between the tables, which again, is used on Friday’s and Saturday’s for shows.

It’s all very intriguing…I can’t wait to go back at the weekend and have the full experience.

_DSC1037_DSC1039_DSC1040We went home to presents, home baked cake and more prosecco.

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Happy Birthday Haze, you da best!

 

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