This was not our first visit to Urban Bar and brasserie, and it will not be our last. this time, as we were going to the Ballet, we had booked a table on the "pre-theatre" deal.
Our reception on arrival was friendly, if a little confused. Our table was well located and afforded privacy. We even rearranged the seating in the booth, so that we were not sitting opposite each other.
The menu, although short, did allow choice.
My companion started with the chicken liver "parfait" (why don't they talk about pate any more?). Our smile at the name of this dish notwithstanding, it was delicious, and the Thai jelly beautifully complemented the "parfait".
I started with the smoked salmon salad: by any standards a peu de triomphe! But the real star was yet to arrive. My companion had the burger. This could not have been further from the mass market travesty that shares its name.
I had the Tolouse sausage with lentil gravy. For me, this was the Grand Triomphe of the whole experience. The bottle of sparkling mineral water was well chilled and the large glass of house red was a fine accompaniment to the meal.
We had an extra 20 minutes, so we decided to have a pudding. The Bakewell Tart that my companion enjoyed was described as "perfect", and my frozen caramel had the virtue of not being too sweet.
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Andrew MacLean - 13/04/2007