West Bridgford on the outskirts of Nottingham has fast become a destination for food & drink & Ego was not going to miss out. After visiting the Ego Restaurant in Sheffield, I was really looking forward to trying out the latest location, as the varied menu and great atmosphere experienced on my first visit definitely made me an instant fan. Plus as a HUGE flavour fan, Ego's Mediterranean influence definitely appeals.
The new restaurant, is located just outside of the main West Bridgford area on it's own plot, perfectly connected to Nottingham City Centre but with lots of free parking for those coming from a little further afield. The site is also unique as previously a pub, the Ego takeover, although having completely revamped the building, keeps a little of it's past with it's name 'Ego at The Dorset Arms'. To find exactly where the restaurant is, look at the menu or for more information, check out the Ego West Bridgford page here.
So, how was my first experience?
On getting there my date for the night was running late & all of the team couldn't have been more friendly. Whenever they could they were coming over for a chat, to check how I was and of course keep the wine flowing as well as some obligatory olives to keep me going. It was a Friday night, so even for a new location the restaurant and bar areas were both quite busy as the evening went on, but even when my friend arrived, they did not rush us. The menu is really quite extensive which can sometimes be a little overwhelming, but once we had got it down to a few choices, the waiter was really happy to give recommendations and help out. This was a common theme throughout the visit.
For starter I went for Grilled Goat's Cheese & my friend chose the Chorizo Frito al Vino. I will say, I think she won this round as the Chorizo, was really rich and tasty, but mine was still pretty good. On to mains, this was a tough one, because out of the whole delicious menu, we wanted the same thing, the Lemon Chicken Milanese. It's one of my favourite ever dishes and I haven't seen it on many menus in England so that was a huge bonus. However, in the interest of not being boring, I took this as my opportunity to sample one of the day's specials and went for the steak. I would say we probably were equal on this round as both were so, so good. The Milanese definitely packed in more flavour because of it's nature, but the steak was perfectly cooked (I like mine rare) and the mushrooms & onion accompaniments lightly complimented it well.
We weren't going to, but we had to finish off with desserts after being reassured they were too good to miss. For the final course I went for the Eton Mess & my friend chose the Salted Caramel & Milk Chocolate Tart. My Eton Mess was HUGE, I love the was it came in a cocktail like glass, taking a traditional dessert and making it a little bit different. There was 100% more than enough for two to share and it was really good, with plenty of cream. The Chocolate Tart could be shared, but I'd say savour all of it to yourself because each bite it a treat!
Before the night was over, we had the chance to chat to one of the guys that works in the bar and develops cocktails with his team. They have a great system when each week, they have a special developed by one team member, so over time they all have the opportunity to add their own flavour & even once they disappear as the weekly special, they can be requested if it's your favourite & the team member will remember how to make it. This week's was 'Mum's the Word' for Mother's Day and we were tasked with picking out the elements, we failed but it tasted incredible, so ask for that when you visit.
Have you been to an Ego Restaurant before? What is your favourite kind of food?