The amount of times I can recall leaving a bank with a smile on my face have been few and far between.
Whether it’s paying my credit card bill or queuing for what seems a lifetime to check a transaction, it’s never a great time. But my recent visit to The Bank was a totally different experience and one I’ll remember for a while.
The Bank I refer to is the one on Trevor Hill in Newry. An iconic building, one of the oldest houses in the city and former site of the Northern Bank, is now a vibrant bar and bistro providing great food during the day and lively entertainment at night.
We decided to ditch the usual Sunday routine and opt for a drive to the border town. A Sunday roast took up most of my thoughts on the 40-min drive but on seeing the menu, my mind went into overdrive with all the delicious offerings.
How I went from roast beef to pasta I’ll never know, but it turned out to be a great switch as the chicken and chorizo dish was a creamy delight.
First and most important, the pasta was cooked to perfection, not the soggy, floppy overcooked penne I’ve been known to serve up, this was perfectly al dente with a creamy sauce covering the succulent chicken as the little chorizo pieces provided a little background kick to the dish.
With a pop of cherry tomato goodness and a lovely slab of garlic ciabatta bread to soak up all the creaminess, it was the right choice in the end.
My wife went for the steak sandwich with skinny fries and she was very impressed. The steak was cooked medium and it was rested correctly so that no bloody juices soaked into the ciabatta.
The fries were particularly good, a crunchy exterior with a nice fluffy inside, the perfect chip in my eyes. Accompanied by a fresh side salad and a thick pepper sauce, the dish got both thumbs up and a clean plate was the only answer needed to the question, did you enjoy that?
The kids did the usual dance between chicken goujons and pizza, with the pepperoni pizza winning out this time.
They were well-pleased on arrival of the dish, until after the first slice and the heat of the pepperoni kicked in. It was a lot hotter than they were used to, but their loss was my gain, and the extra pepperoni in my pasta added that little spice I really enjoyed.
A special mention must go to the staff who were first-class, they entertained the kids and provided a friendly and personal experience throughout.
With bellies full and no room for dessert, we deposited our cash for the wonderful meal and left knowing this is one Bank we will be returning to — especially if the food standards are kept this high.
2 Kids pepperoni pizza £13.00
Chicken & chorizo pasta £15.95
Steak sandwich £19.95
2 Skinny fries £7.90
2 soft drinks £5.00