Review: Efes Brasserie, Warrington

efesWith our first 2 choices of restaurant being full we were stuck on somewhere to go for a meal. Emma didn’t fancy Chinese and I didn’t fancy most of the other places in town. In was then I remembered Efes Brasserie which has actually been in Warrington for over 30 years, as my parents visited here before I was born! I only noticed it existed about 3 to 4 months ago when I was stuck in some traffic outside it. This got me thinking that a lot of people don’t know that this place actually exists. After my visit I told a few people where I went to and they all replied with “Efes??” and even after I told them where it was then still had no idea it was there.

Now, this place must do well as its been there for over 30 years but here are a few things I would do (I know nothing about running a restaurant though, so I might be totally wrong).

From the outside the place is totally over shadowed by the Cinnamon Lounge next door to it. This place kind of gets lost and over shadowed by it. It is also very dimly lit and when we went past in the car I worried if it was open. I would have a sign/light that sticks out advertising the name so that passes by can see it. There is traffic passing the front every day.

I almost didn’t visit because i was unable to find the website to check out the menu. I Googled “Efes Warrington” and “Efes Brasserie” but the first is a Google plus page that isn’t updated and doesn’t contain the website address and all the other usual review sites appear in the listings. The companies website should always come top in the results for the name. It wasn’t until we went into the restaurant that I found the website address on the menu – http://www.efesbrasserie.co.uk but the website is down.

The reviews on TripAdvisor are also good but I agree with the last comment that was left about how he can’t understand why this place isn’t busier.

Anyway, enough of me talking about all this, you have come here to read about the food and to see if its any good. Is it any good you ask? Yes! yes it is!

Now this is a place that does Indian and Greek. Yep, that’s right, it combines 2 cuisines that I have never seen together at a restaurant. Having returned back from a holiday in Greece last month and both being lovers of Indian food this was great.

We ordered some popadoms to share to start with.

chutneys

For our starters Emma went for the vegetable samosas and I ordered the lamb shish kekabs.

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Both starters were really good! I can’t fault them and they were just as good as any other Indian restaurant we have been to.

I ordered another Cobra beer just before our mains came, which is a great tasting beer and really easy to drink as its not that fizzy.

For my main course I went for my favourite Indian dish – lamb biriani. Emma went for vegetable rogan josh.

efes-emmas-mainefes-mikes-mainefes-naanWe both agreed that our main courses were amazing. I finished most of mine and love the fact it came with a massive egg on top. Others I have had in the past never have as much egg as that.

We didn’t have enough room for desserts as we wanted to stay out and have a few drinks in some bars before heading home.

Overall the bill came to £44 which I thought was very reasonable for 4 drinks, poppadoms, 2 starters, 2 mains and a garlic naan.

  • Service: Really good!
  • Atmosphere: For a Friday night it was quite empty as there was only 2 other tables in. The music was set to a nice level and the lighting was good.
  • Food: Really good.
  • Cost: Normal prices for an Indian.

Would I return here again? Yes! Next time we are going to try the Greek food.

Date of visit: Friday the 29th of August 2014

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