I have been very fortunate to eat in many incredible restaurants (and a few not so incredible) since we started The Extra’s review column last year.
Sadly, after four years at the paper, I am moving on to pastures new — but happily, I still had one review booked in, at Guy’s in the Merchant City.
What a way to go out.
As a westender working in the southside, the Merchant City is very much foreign territory for me — but if Guy’s is anything to go by, perhaps I should expand my horizons.
I have never heard a bad word about Guy’s and it’s easy to see why. The menu draws inspiration from cuisines around the world, but doesn’t feel mismatched or cluttered.
My meal, which began with sushi before moving on to a main of fish and chips, worked perfectly.
The starter was up there with the best sushi I’ve tasted, while my lemon sole in breadcrumbs was light and delicious.
The other half (who vehemently lobbied against my career change as it would rob her of her bi-weekly, free three-course meal) had mussels to start, which were perfectly cooked and came in a generous portion — what most restaurants would serve as a main.
She then provoked some serious food envy as she tucked into what was the best steak pie I have ever tasted.
Thankfully, as has become tradition during these meals, she only managed to eat half of hers and — for purposes of the review — we dutifully swapped plates so that I could bravely worked my way through the rest of her dinner.
The meat was beautifully tender and the addition of black pudding was an excellent touch.
The guys and gals in Guy’s kitchen didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the whole meal, and dessert — a fruit crumble and a crème brulee — were no different.
It was the perfect place to spend my last few hours at The Extra.