An old Italian proverb reckons that ‘Gallina vecchia fa buon brodo’ or ‘Fat old hens make the best soup’.
Wise words, we’re sure even if, to be honest, we have no idea what the underlying meaning is.
We’re on much safer ground with today’s Big Deal at Esca which we are certain translates as ‘a great three course meal with drinks for two people at a price which will make you smile like an Italian grandmother seeing her grandchildren for the first time’.
Regional Italian Food
This tasty Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a great meal at Esca in the Merchant City. Starting with a glass of bubbly, you can each choose a starter, main course and dessert from Esca’s 5pm Big Deal menu.
It offers an extensive selection with a choice of five starters, seven main courses and three desserts.
Typical starters include the wok-cooked mussels in a spicy tomato and coriander sugo; mushrooms stuffed with cured ham, mozzarella with a garlic and coriander mayo or the freshly made risotto of the day.
Among the main courses are Beef Diane: a char grilled rib eye steak in a mustard demi-glace with mushrooms; vegetable stroganoff; the fish of the day and Chicken Milanese: pan-fried escalopes served on a bed of spaghetti and with Napoli sauce.
For dessert, choose between tiramisu, profiteroles or a chocolate fudge cake.
The Big Deal includes a bottle of house wine and, to finish, a great Italian coffee or, if you prefer, tea.
Alternatively, choose Big Deal option 2 and you can enjoy 2 courses from the Express Lunch Menu. The lunch option does not include bubbly or wine, however the range of options from the menu available is sure to impress.
Now in its second decade, Esca, which is conveniently situated just across from the Tron Theatre, serves traditional, regional Italian food with a twist.
Atmospherically candlelit by night, the popular Italian bistro has a warm, comfortable interior and friendly staff.
Very popular restaurant
At the time of writing, just over an amazing 1500 5pm users have given Esca a combined rating of 4.3/5 and left page after page of happy reviews. This is what a couple of diners, writing in April, had to say:
Given this restaurant as a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Was there for early evening meal with relatives before a concert. Food, service and price excellent. I will return again.’ Rating 5/5
‘Always gorgeous! Second time at the restaurant and, as usual, the food and service was top notch. This restaurant is a real hidden gem and is great value for money.’ Rating 5/5