Food & Drink

REVIEW: The Piano Works, Soho

With the promise of singing waiters and a live band, my friend Aoife and I knew we had to pay a visit to The Piano Works.

We went to their restaurant in Soho which sits alongside the Gillian Lynne Theatre, making it the perfect place for a pre-show snack.

The menu is quite simple – there is a lot to choose from and something for everyone, but it’s not overcomplicated.

We ordered two Mango and Peach Margaritas as we pondered over what to eat.

The sweetness of the fruit and the agave syrup contrasted with the salty and spicy rim of the glass was delicious.  

Luckily for us, cocktails are two-for-one on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening, meaning we also got to try a Spicy Paloma.

The combination of tequila, lime, agave, tabasco, grapefruit juice, chili flakes, and salt, was sensational and I’d actually go as far as to say it was one of the nicest cocktails I’ve ever had. 

Merry on margaritas, our starters arrived.

We shared chicken goujons with a coconut sriracha mayo – a delectable take on a childhood favourite – and a burrata which was served with spicy beetroot purée, roasted golden beetroot, and cucumber.

The creamy burrata coupled with the earthiness of the beetroot was very tasty, and we mopped it all up with freshly baked ciabatta which was served with miso butter. 

The lightness of our starters was contradicted by our main courses.

We shared half a rack of ribs, which were glazed in a Jack Daniel’s and star anise BBQ sauce, and the aged Angus beef burger which was topped with Monterey jack cheese, and served with fries and peppercorn sauce.

The intense savouriness of the peppercorn sauce cut through the sticky, sweetness of the ribs and added an extra kick to the burgers, which was nice. 

Too full for dessert, we sat back and enjoyed the band who were taking requests from the audience.

They managed to do justice to every single one of our requests, from Believe by Cher to I wanna be yours by The Arctic Monkeys – no small feat if I do say so myself. 

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