Having moved into the area recently we have been looking forward to going for a meal in Est Est so decided to go for my wife's birthday. I was a bit concerned about the mixed reviews and that there is no website with the menu's so I could have a look beforehand, as people had said it was expensive.
We were politely greeted by the manager and taken to our table. The waiter took our order for drinks and explained the specials for the night. The menu was extensive with a choice of pizzas, pastas, risotto's, meats and fish. Despite the large choice we decided to go with the specials, even for the starters. I choose the crab salad, crabmeat mixed with carrot, onion and salad served in a crab shell, when taken out of the shell it was a good sized portion and tasted delightful. My wife chose the crayfish cocktail, a twist on the traditional prawn cocktail, again a good sized portion and not too top heavy with the salad. At £7.95 and £6.95 respectively, a touch on the expensive side, but worth it, there were other starters that were cheaper . For mains again from the specials menu I chose Lemon sole (£14.95), two fillets of lemon sole on a bed of green cabbage and my wife chose the monkfish prosciutto, a succulent and good sized portion of fish topped with prosciutto ham with a creamy sauce. Both meals were cooked perfectly, the only gripe was having to pay extra for the veg (green beans £2.95 & seasonal veg £3.95). To accompany the meal we had a bottle of Tavino Trebbiano white wine @ £13.95 the cheapest on the menu but adequate enough. We decided we still had room for desserts and all our favourites were on there, but decided to share the orange profiteroles(£4.95)and the Italian cheeseboard(£6.25). The cheeseboard was accompanied by a homemade relish, but was too chunky and would have preferred a more smoother traditional chutney.
All in all an excellent meal, yeas a bit on the expensive side with the choices we had and having to pay for sides, but worth it for a special occasion, a restaurant that is comparable to some of the best Italian restaurants in Liverpool. The restaurant is fresh looking with it's blue lighting and has a lively buzz about it with music not too loud and the noise of people chatting and enjoying themselves. We will be back but probably choose one the of pasta or risotto choices which you can get for less than a tenner.
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