Monday, 6 March 2017

North East Visits | Soul on Sunday at Revolution Newcastle


Revolution in town is somewhere I've always associated with being so packed you can hardly move on a Saturday night and an amazingly unique selection of shots, usually you wouldn't also think of Sunday dinner, but not in this case! Revolution have just launched Soul on Sunday, taking influence from Hipster Americana, they're pairing big roasts with music from soul band Watson and the Elements. We were sat around the corner from the booth seating area so I didn't manage to get any shots of the band, but they sounded great and created a lively atmosphere! 


Known famously for their cocktails Revolution also had some cocktail offerings to go with their roasts, Steven went for an Elderflower Bellini and I chickened out from trying a Red Snapper so stuck with the trust Mimosa! They were both equally refreshing! They do lots of variations on Bloody Mary's also including Bloody Maria and Virgin Mary. 


The deals running on the big roast menu are 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £18. For our starters we both decided to get the Breaded Halloumi with Hummus, Dukkah, House Flatbread & Pomegranate. I can never resist halloumi on the menu! It was a decent sized portion and I was really impressed with the flatbreads and the hummus, both really tasty. The halloumi was also really nice, I've never had it breaded before and it was great, not at all greasy. 


Onto the Big Roasts! Steven decided on the Roast Beef Sirloin with Yorkshire Pudding served with Roast Potatoes, Honey Roast Chantennay Carrots and Parsnips. The dish was served really nicely and was a decent portion size, Steven enjoyed his main, he did think the meat was a little fatty and the Yorkshire was a bit stodgy but he thought everything was still cooked and seasoned well as well as there being plenty of gravy. 


I was really pleased to see a vegetarian offering on the menu that wasn't pasta or risotto and was an actual roast! Although I did feel that my main didn't go the whole hog (pardon the pun) and kind of fell somewhere in between. I decided on the Sweet Potato and Bean Roast served with Balsamic Onion (although my onion didn't seem to make it onto the plate!). It also came with carrots, parsnips, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire Pudding. I thought that the roast itself tasted great, the veg and roasties were cooked well although I did agree with Steve that the Yorkshire was soft and stodgy. However I don't think that this dish lived up to its potential and for me it was the lack of gravy that made it so. There wasn't a mention of vegetarian gravy and was instead a tomato/olive pasta type sauce, and only a little at that. This meant that overall the dish was way too dry for me, not having anything to soak up my Yorkshire or cover my potatoes and veg. I would've enjoyed my dish so much more had there been the addition of some vegetarian gravy. 


I'm never one to turn down a pud, I decided on the cheesecake, it was a gorgeously rich moist New York style cheesecake with a yummy crumbly biscuit base, really really tasty! Steven went for the Chocoberry Sundae, a mix of chocolate, ice cream, cherries and brownies, you can't go wrong really and Steven really enjoyed this! Overall we had a nice visit here, the service was brilliant, really fast and friendly. We thought the band was a fun addition to have on a Sunday. Although we were a little let down by our mains, our starters and puds went down really well. For somewhere that isn't exclusively a restaurant they provided a decent offering, I think the whole Americana vibe is really fun and a bit different for a Sunday! 

*Our meals were very kindly complimentary for the purpose of this review, as always all opinions are my own.
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