Here we are on Thursday and I am still struggling to recall what happened after a certain time on Saturday evening. This is either a really good thing as I actually really don’t want to know… or a really bad thing… as I really really don’t want to know.
However, what I do know is that we had the most sublime meal I have ever had in Barista, the Bury based cafe bar. The food in there really does get better and Saturday evening was no exception.
On the final Saturday evening of every month (with the exception of February and December which are slightly earlier) Barista plays host to its well received Bistro Nights. Featuring an evening of live music and a 3 course meal, with a complimentary cocktail on arrival, the price tag of £24.95 per person is very reasonable indeed.
The menu for July was Mediterranean inspired and certainly had me contemplating all week beforehand!
The service was fantastic, the place was jammed, clearly a very good indication that the Bistro Nights are popular. They do book up fast so it’s always well worth giving the Bistro team a call or popping in to put your name down.
I plumped for the Asparagus – the deep fried, soft boiled egg was a complete surprise ( I may have forgotten about it!) and seeing the egg run when I tenderly cut into it, meant the people at the table next to us changed their order in favour of the asparagus too.
The food in Barista has always been outstanding, I always find independent restaurants put slightly more love and thought into ‘the whole package’ than chains do not. Saturday was no exception and the food served even exceeded my expectations. Fish is a meal I tend to choose when out instead of cooking for myself and my choice was bang on, the Sea Bream simply crumbled away with the slightest of touches and was mouth watering. I could easily have been seated at a table in a high class London restaurant… the taste, presentation, freshness, quality… everything about the food was top class.
The singer, a break from the normal band who play… but by jove was he easy on the eye and a lovely voice to boot! I had no recollection of me singing on Saturday night, which was totally confusing as I always do when drinking… then it hit me like a sledgehammer… yes, the singer had sung a rendition of ‘James – Sit Down’ – all I can say is back in the day and there is a reason I may never be using the microphone there 😉
It was a fantastic start to the evening, great atmosphere, young and old, everyone was chatting and getting into the spirit of the evening. I just wish we could have either stayed there all night or simply not made the decision to carry on drinking in Bury afterwards..!