food: No. Sixteen

November 25, 2010

Number 16 Byre’s Road was the long awaited number ‘N’ on our ongoing alphabet-restaurant-journey.  We managed to get there in time for their pre-theater menu which ends at 6:30pm during the week and looked forward to our two courses for £12.

Unfortunately I really didn’t find much to say about this place.  I had a starter of pan roast merguez sausage and a main course of Pan fried fillet of bream with olive crushed potatoes, red pepper essence and salsa verde.  Which was fine.

And that really sums up the food – it was fine, but nothing really blew me away or stood out as being extra special.  What did stand out was all the extras – how did 3 people eating a  fixed price menu of £12 end up at £53.

£3 for a fairly small, average tasting coffee
£2 for each small glass of soft drink
£2.50 for “seasonal vegetables” – which I thought could be really stunning but ended up to be a disappointingly small portion of steamed broccoli and courgette which was damp and tasteless.

I would have to say that No16 is, in my opinion, highly overpriced for their extras, drinks, etc. and the standard of food overall certainly wasn’t worth the £12 charge.  No photos I’m afraid because my phone has been playing up.