Slug & Lettuce is a bit of a high street establishment, we’ve all had a drink or two there, and many of us will have had full blown nights out there. It’s one of those places that everyone knows, and everyone loves as it’s great value for money and they always have great events going on. I hadn’t been to the Slug & Lettuce in Brentwood for a couple of years as I never tend to head over that way but with the refurbishment and having tried their food, this will be changing for sure!The decor was so aesthetically pleasing and the menu certainly made it tough to pick what to eat as it all looked so good!
I invited my buddy Josie to join me to try the menu and experience the new feel at Slug & Lettuce as we hadn’t caught up in a while and we were celebrating twenty years of friendship. A glass of pink Prosecco was a must for a cheers or two! Whilst perusing the drinks menu we noticed that all cocktails are buy one, get one free, all day, every day! Which is a bloody great deal and had us wishing we didn’t have to drive later on so we could sink a few cheeky Pornstar Martinis!
We decided to try out a couple of the small plates as a starter, but they can also be ordered as three plates for £11 as the ideal sharers with a few of those cocktails.
We tried the Crispy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Bombs with paprika garlic mayo and these were so easy to eat. I could definitely munch my way through a few pots of these if I was just catching up with mates over a few drinks. They also worked super well as a starter as they were easy to share,
The amazing BBQ Pulled Pork Steamed Buns which are Lotus-style steamed buns with BBQ pulled pork and proper good pickled red onion are a lot like bao which won me over. I’m all about the stoggy bun with great inners. This was Josie’s first time trying this style of food and she loved it! They had just the right amount of pulled pork and pickled red onion to be able to get the flavours.
Then it was time for mains, we took quite some time deciding on these!
We ordered the Chicken Club Wrap Tomato flour wrap, filled with chicken breast, bacon, avocado, tomato, Cos lettuce, and plenty of mayonnaise. This was the perfect lunch portion; filling, a great amount of chicken, plenty of salad and just the right amount of mayo to keep it all saucy. I hate when a burger, wrap or sandwich doesn’t have enough sauce!
We also ordered the Reuben Burger Beef burger which was topped with slow-cooked beef rib, with cheese and French’s mustard. This was a proper knife and fork job as there was just too much to cram into your mouth in one! I like to be able to scoop up a bit of everything to make sure I get all of the flavours in one hit. There was just so much right about this burger; the slow-cooked beef had just a hint of spice and it melted in your mouth, the cheese kept the burger patty and slow-cooked beef together, there were no tomatoes so that was a total win for me and there was some more of those lush pickled onions.
Both were served with skinny fries and were given the option to upgrade to sweet potato fries.
We had great table service which is something I hadn’t experienced at a Slug & Lettuce before, this certainly made the afternoon feel a lot more upmarket. The service was great, the decor so lovely and we shall be returning to have brunch very soon!