Since moving to Hillsborough I’ve been trying to suss out the local restaurants and cafes. Ok, there isn’t a huge amount of choice here – certainly not as much as there is in town – but there are a few options… including Napoleons at Owlerton.
After eating at Eccy Road’s Napoleons a couple of times, I was intrigued to try the Hillsborough venue. And, thanks to a £2 million refurbishment along with an invite to check out the new restaurant, it wasn’t long before we were heading down to the bright lights of the casino.
Having not seen the restaurant prior to the refurbishment, I can’t really comment on it. But, I can say that it’s looking pretty smart – it’s located towards the back of the casino too – a little away from the gaming tables.
In terms of menu choice, it’s a similar set up to Eccy Road – £17/£19 for two courses or £19/£21 for three, which is pretty good value.
I started with Moules mariniere and garlic ciabatta. In terms of the cooking, the mussels were spot on – flavours were good too.
Gav went for the curried parsnip soup with mini onion bhajis. This was warming and tasty and he loved the added bhajis which were a nice touch and added a bit of texture.
Come mains and it was a toss up between the pork loin cutlet and the sirloin steak for me. In the end I opted for the steak which was served exactly as I requested – rare. Tender and tasty, it was a good piece of meat. Sadly, the sides of wedges and Yorkshire pudding didn’t work for me (it was all a bit brown). But that was my own fault! I could have enjoyed the traditional sides of tomato, mushrooms and onion rings had I ordered from the grill section of the menu. Lesson learnt!
Gav had the lamb shank which was beautifully ‘fall off the bone’ tender. A rich red wine sauce and garlic butter beans were good accompaniments and he was perfectly happy with his choice.
Stuffed, we couldn’t manage a full dessert each and we decided to share the lemon and lime tartlet between us. Regular readers will know that this is one of my favourite desserts and that I like it good and zesty – this one was just right.
Although happy with the food, I must give special mention to the atmosphere. The casino was pretty quiet, but the bar and restaurant areas were nicely busy and, with good service thrown in, we were quite comfortable. I’m sure we’ll be back for more…