For a lunch up north after a cancelled lecture, we drove to Reel on Redleaf, excited to try some of the amazing dishes on offer!
We ordered off the lunch menu, and I had the steak with potato and fried and caramelised onions. It was really well cooked, and quite hearty rather than tender, with the accompanying jus adding a punch of flavour to the steak. I also loved the fried potato croquettes, which were crispy on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside, with the contrasting textures making for a great mouthful. I didn’t enjoy each of the onion accompaniments due to my dislike of onions.
I also tried some of the veal parmigiana which had a rich red sauce and was topped with creamy and stringy cheese. The veal was tender and tasted amazing with the accompanying sauce. The salad also had slices of cheese running through it, and was the perfect complement to the rich and heavy meat component.
We went on a weekday, and the interior of the restaurant was quite full, but as it was raining, the outside tables were empty. The food took a while to come, but presumably this was because of the number of tables. Portion sizes were really generous, so while we initially thought of ordering a side, we were glad that we didn’t. As part of our lunch menu we were able to have a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink which was a great bonus!
For a nice and relaxed meal up north, definitely check out Reel on Redleaf – they impressed us with the quantity and quality of their dishes, and we enjoyed a great lunch!