So when we heard about Volta, their new place, we were excited to try it out. The menu reads really well to me, simple and small with few tapas size dishes, sharing plates and a specialism in steak.
The design of Volta is well thought out, simple and modern but with vintage elements. After chatting with Luke for a bit (Mrs B knew him a little from old), we set to order.
Then Crispy Baby squid and aioli (£5) These crispy little morsels went down very well with us, the most similar dish to what you'd find in a Spanish tapas bar.
|Fine beans, mint & feta. Mrs B insisted on having a 'healthy' dish.
Luke was telling us that he wanted to avoid the word tapas as people assume it's all Spanish, whereas it's more the concept of the no fuss casual dining that they're after. The Lamb Meatballs special with a quails egg were fine, I wanted to taste more of a meaty flavour in the meatballs, but it was enjoyable enough.
The main course of Dexter Rib on the bone 350g (Chips, watercress, Béarnaise, £19.50) is the show stopper. He has spent some time sourcing the best steak he could find. The chips were spot on, and the meat although a little fatty was as tasty as. (The flavour's in the fat they say).
It's a very decent steak this, we both enjoyed it probably more than the £50 British Wagyu we'd had at James Martin recently. The only thing was we'd asked for it rare, and for me this wasn't quite a rare as I like it. I also got to try a little of the chef's smoked salmon which was superb. They're keeping it simple using good quality ingredients. It seems to be working already, within half an hour every single table was taken up.
This was all washed down with various excellent beers, Brewdog Punk IPA, and 13 guns IPA in my case, Mrs B elected to drive. It'd be rude not to opt for pudding, the classic Panna cotta and an 'affugatto' finished it all off nicely.
Star dish: Dexter Rib.
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