Hello friends and welcome to yet another review! This review will be giving about the slightly new restaurant around town, Tarshish. Since this is my first time, I will be talking about my first impressions, if I would return and if I was to return, what I would order.
Location: Tarshish is located less than a minutes walk from Turnpike Lane station. The sharp difference of the high street compared to the sleek presence of this restaurant will have you thinking that you are dining out in central London!
Settings: One word. Sophisticated. Elegant set up. One important element that I noticed was the ideal space between and around tables, that made it easy for us to get in and out. The chair were armchair type chairs and were so comfortable to dine in, compared to your average chair or in some cases stools. There were flowers that decorated the window, as we were lucky to get a window seat and it was such a lovely touch.
Service: Service was fantastic in terms of speed, and the attention that was paid to us as customers. We did not have to call any waiters to cater to us because they were always floating around to make sure we were happy. They were also constantly refilling our bread basket and refilling our glasses for water. Very good service overall.
On to the good stuff!
We were first given a bread basket with roasted red peppers and a creamy sauce. Delicious. I was free of charge and it was very tempting to visit the restaurant just for the bread, peppers and sauce!
Starter – Calamari – Price – £7.50, Tinu’s score – 4.7/5
Rings of squid fried till crispy and served with tartar sauce.
For my starter, I ordered Calamari. I am the biggest fan of fried squid, so my expectations were high in what I expected. And I was not disappointed. The calamari had a light and crispy batter and the squid was soft and had a slight chew that is needed from a good calamari bite. It was delicious. A common problem with squid is that it can be extremely rubbery and can leave you chewing for an awfully long time, however this was not the case. Highly recommend this starter.
Main – BBQ Combo – Price- £18.50 – Grilled rack of riblets and chicken fillet, topped with BBQ sauce and melted cheddar cheese. Served with chips and red cabbage coleslaw. Tinu’s score – 4.4-5/5
Delicious! It even more delicious when it come to the table and I was overwhelmed by the fragrant smells of the salad, the juicy chicken and how vibrant all the colours looked together. It was served on a wooden board and presentation was great. So aesthetically pleasing. I couldn’t wait to tuck in.
My favourite sauce mad a comeback with this dish!
The chicken, cheese and BBQ sauce went together much better than I had anticipated, as the sounds of all of those things together sounded like a hit or miss. However, it was a total hit. It was paired with ribs which were succulent. I would have loved to have more of the ribs, as I felt I had vacuumed them up so quickly, and hence had no chance to really enjoy it. The salad was fresh, and really brought and element of zest to the dish.
I loved the red cabbage coleslaw, however I do feel they could add a little bit more red cabbage for more crunch, but i still really enjoyed it. The chips were very close to stealing the show. Just how I like them. Crispy, not oily but packed with flavour from those herbs. Reminded me a lot like my all time favourite chips from Flat Iron. One of my top three favourite portions.
Drinks – Lemonade – Price – £2.00 – Tinu’s score – 2/5
Well, maybe it was my fault to have chosen lemonade out of the wide selection of cocktails, wines and fresh juices that they had to offer, however I feel that I should have stuck to the free water. I had to take turns in drinking the lemonade and water as the bottle was so small. It was the exact size of the Inamo lemonade that I mentioned in my Introduction blog. Too small and could not satisfy a thirsty blogger, such as myself.
Overall – 4.5/5
What can I say? I really loved the place. I was impressed by the quality of the food as well as the size. I was dying to try the mac and cheese, so I will be returning soon to try it. I would recommend this place for a good birthday dinner, a cute date or a catch up. Any excuse you can think of getting your glam rags on, head on down, as it does have a dress code!
If you are thinking of going for dinner, I highly suggest booking beforehand. I visited in the afternoon and it was already starting to fill up, so to avoid disappointment, book ahead, and don’t be late! You table is only held for fifteen minutes.
Location:– 16-20 High Rd, Wood Green, London, N22 6BX.
Hours: Monday – Friday 17:00 pm – 00:30 am.
Saturday – Sunday -12:00 pm – 00:30 am.
Contact:- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone-: 020 8881 6479
tarshish.co.uk/ – for Main menu, desert menu and drinks menu.