You can’t beat a Revolution Bar can you? Especially those cocktails. Gin ‘n’ Juice, anyone?
All day, every Monday, Revolution offers 50% off selected meals. That’s right, not just lunch time but all day! (As well as 2-4-1 cocktails between 5 and 7pm…)
The menu online sounded great, with some really intriguing twists on classic dishes and some pretty innovative numbers too. If you’re familiar with their cocktail menu, you can imagine how inventive and quirky these guys can be.
But then, I saw the pizzas and being the total carnivore I am, I succumbed to the Meat Beast special. Pulled chicken, pepperoni, bacon bits, garlic butter, roquito peppers, mozzarella, chilli sauce, crème fraiche and a sprinkling of rocket. Right up my street.
Plus, I thought this would team up nicely with a side of Mac and Cheese. Good shout, right?
So that was my order. Mama Jan went for the Steak and Frites, whilst the two boys went for, of course, the heart attack on a plate.
The Mother Clucker burger, a very aptly named monster of a burger. Beef, buttermilk battered chicken, smoked cheddar, streaky bacon, spicy chorizo sauce, sweet potato fries, crispy onions and smokinnaise. All in one bun.
Along with BBQ fries and a side of coleslaw.
If that wasn’t enough we chucked a couple of extra side orders on for a proper challenge. Mac and Cheese, Smokey Beans, Onion Rings and Halloumi Fries. If you’re gonna do it, you do it right.
My pizza arrived much bigger than anticipated but a crispy, thin base with a generous amount of topping. The meat was tasty spread evenly across along with a very subtle kick. The spicy pepperoni and chilli sauce was balanced out by the fresh drizzling of crème fraiche. If you’re not big on spice, don’t let the ingredients put you off, it was just a gentle hint.
The Mother Clucker Burger was indeed a beast. I managed to sneak a few bites from the men of the table and must say, the buttermilk chicken was the best part. Together, all the fillings were incredibly indulgent and flavoursome but as separate elements, the chicken was juicy, thick and seasoned perfectly.
The only complaint Jimbo had was that he couldn’t fit it all into his mouth. I’d say that was a win.
Mama Jan’s steak was smothered in a rich garlic butter and cooked perfectly. A little over-done for my liking, but I like mine practically still moo-ing on the plate. It arrived with fries and creamy peppercorn sauce. It was rich and smooth, just how a peppercorn accompaniment should be.
The Mac and Cheese was cracking. Who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese? Rich, velvety sauce and a hefty amount of cheddar layered on top. I admit I had to add a good amount of black pepper, but that’s my preference.
I think this should be available as more than just a side, I could most definitely eat this as a full dish, (take note, Revs).
The halloumi fries were salty and not overly battered. In previous experience, this little number can often be sickly and too heavy – usually down to too much batter. But this was just the right amount for a good crunch.
The onion rings were good, nothing too exciting about them but certainly nothing bad either. They accompanied the steak and peppercorn sauce well.
The smokey beans were unusual. They went well with the burger order, a good BBQ hint but not overly sweet like BBQ can often be. The hint of honey made for a cracking mouthful with the beef patty from the Mother Clucker.
The Baked New York Cheesecake was the winner of the night. A solid biscuit base with rich, creamy and soft vanilla filling that was all sorts of heaven in your mouth. It came with a tiny little pot of salted caramel sauce, which was good with the cheesecake but so much better on it’s own.
Mama ordered the Nutella Fluffwich, not something she’d usually go for. Like me, lacks a sweet tooth. This consisted of Nutella and marshmallow fluff sandwiched between sourdough bread and a side of blueberry dipping sauce.
It certainly satisfied any pudding craving we had but it was a huge portion, which just couldn’t be finished.
The final dessert we opted for was the Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondue. The chocolate fondue arrived with warm sweetened breadsticks, marshmallows, banana chunks and raspberries. It was lovely, but what I discovered that was even better was, instead of the salted caramel chocolate, the pot of pure salted caramel that accompanied the cheesecake was an absolute taste sensation with those little guys (especially the raspberries) dipped in.
We had a brilliant evening emphasised by a friendly and informative team of waiting staff. For ‘bar food’, this place is tops. There’s clearly been a lot of thought that’s gone into the menu in an attempt to deliver something new and refreshing.
They certainly nailed it. And I WILL be back for the Masala King burger. On 50% Off Mondays, of course. I love a bargain!
And what a smashing way to brighten up a Monday? Get yourself there.
Any other recommendations form the Revolution Sunderland menu? Let me know by dropping me a tweet @ProperScrummy.
Lots of love, LB x