The Food Whisperer: The Living Room, CMK

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MILTON Keynes bar of the year, The Living Room, invited us to sample their new menu.

A few days earlier we had already competed in a blind testing event to see who could guess the ingredients on a dozen small sized dishes while blind folded.

Being blind folded makes it quite a difficult challenge. The food was so tasty we decided to review the full menu the following Thursday evening.

That night we were welcomed by the sound of music as a musician was playing on a white piano located by the entrance entertaining people at the bar. The Living Room restaurant is upstairs.

Our waitress for the evening was Agge, who welcomed us to our table.

The lights in this funky restaurant are dimmed with tables, all candle lit creating a romantic feel. We ordered our drinks and waited for the two other guests to arrive.

We had a good old browse of the new menu and then selected our starters of teriyaki chicken skewers, with satay sauce which was well seasoned, tender and crunchy from the sesame seeds, and Gooey Pan fried garlic mushrooms on toast.

The mushrooms were a lovely dish full of flavour which my guest said she could eat all over again.

My other guest had the beer battered tiger prawns with wasabi mayonnaise, which on this occasion had been slightly over cooked as the batter was quite dark.

This was a shame, but thai fish cakes – which packed a power of flavour – more than made up for it. They were simply beautiful and the spice was just right.

For mains one of our guests chose the pork and chorizo burger with chips that oozed in flavour and made a change from a standard beef burger. We also sampled the chicken burger topped with cheese and crispy pancetta, which was tender and succulent, while the trio of pork was certainly succulent with pancetta wrapped pork fillet, crispy pork belly and black pudding with garlic mash and apple. This was a brilliant dish offering many textures, flavours and a feeling of comfort, one for those frosty nights.

My partner had the 7oz fillet steak and chips, which was cooked – thankfully – just right.

By this stage we were pretty full up, but somehow, with a break between mains and another glass of wine, we notched up a pudding order from Agge.

Desserts included a cheese board to share, sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and chocolate truffle cake with honeycombe.

The cheese board had a little too much Stilton for my taste buds but was easily exchangeable, while the toffee pudding and truffle cake was marvellous.

Overall the standards of service at the Living Room are very good, and Agge was polite and professional.

The new food on the new menu is enjoyable and we will be back for more.

Make sure you book a table first as this place gets busy.

> The Living Room was named MK Bar of the Year at the inaugral MK Food & Leisure Awards earlier this year

The Living Room

Manhattan House

401 Witan Gate

Milton Keynes


01908 827299