Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Waiter Club, it's not so bloody, but still great

Waiter Club, it really is bloody great. Our needs are simple, steak, cooked for but a moment, and served quickly. Speed is important as we will most likely be on our splits so we have to get there and back allowing us time for our second favourite activity, smoking and drinking coffee. It's good to have a plan....
...but occasionally the plan fails at the first hurdle!

Where: Muriel's 12-14 Church Lane Belfast (Formerly Nicholl's)

We ordered: Well, we wanted steak and chips but Muriel's doesn't do steak. They don't do chips either. Oh the late afternoon horror! I'd have broken out in a sweat if I hadn't been already, probably got something to do with the amount of red meat I eat. But we had committed to eat there and eat there we did! So in answer to the question we ordered salt and pepper chicken with chimichurri sauce on sourdough bread with a generous bowl of olives on the side for me and a Caesar Salad for chummy.

We got: Exactly that! My sandwich was great. It wouldn't really matter to me if chimichurri sauce was made from stewed bugs and onions I would still have ordered it. I just like saying chimichurri......chimichurri, chimichurri, chimichurri. Chimichurri is a herby garlicky lovely sauce from South America incase you are wondering. The sandwich was served with the obligatory nachos and salad, which got pushed to one side. Chummy' caesar salad looked great too. I cant really tell you how it tasted as the greedy little salad muncher wouldn't give me any.

We thought: I was really really impressed. The food was fresh and light but equally filling. It's nice to eat lunch without feeling you are another meal closer to death via a heart attack or stroke. Through a mouthful of cos leaves chummy said, "Mmmmmit's flumping great." Which I took to mean it was really good.

We paid
: Sandwiches are a fiver a pop and can be made as a salad for an extra quid. Bowls of mixed olives are £3.00 each and worth every penny too. So throw in a couple of shandies and a tip and you will be down about 20 odd quid. But worth it.

Would we go back? Double fudge hell yeah, I've been in about 5 times since. Muriel's is a great looking bar. It's design is based on an old hat shop run by a woman called, wait for it, Muriel. Muriel appears to have been a bit of a one as she also ran prostitutes out of the top floor. This service is no longer available. The bar itself looks very lush and is suitably decorated in memory of the previous occupants business, with hats that is and not, well nothing related to prostitution. As well as sandwiches and salads they also offer cheese and meat boards, seafood platters, and le croques (bowls of hot stuff). But the breakfast menu looks like the real winner for me, not that I can ever imagine a situation where I would be up in time to sample it. There is everything from salmon pancakes to Croque Monsieur to eggs Florentine. Sounds tremendous......!

I should add that I did get asked to cover my uniform up as they have a no uniform policy. Fair enough, but it was the hottest day of the year!

Muriel's,
it's Waiter Approved
(just change before you go)

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Week 20 of The Roundtable

22 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

savannah said...

sounds like a delicious alternative to meat and potatoes...but a no uniform policy? is that just for f&b people? or military, security, nuns as well? ;-)
xoxox

Manuel said...

savannah: I wondered that as well.....still not sure......

Medbh said...

I was looking for a new sauce to serve this weekend.
Chimichurri sounds like fun!
I'll try and find a recipe.

belfast plate carrier said...

Muriel's is fried gold. Me and a friend went there for several platters and a bottle of vino. He pointed out it was the sort of place where you would go with your mistress. I pointed out we would need girlfriends first and then a further girl to be our mistress...

Manuel said...

medbh: try this....

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/CHIMICHURRI-SAUCE-107159

bpc: It's good but not magical....how cool is the upstairs eh........?

Anonymous said...

this blog is terrible

MJ said...

No uniform?

Just strip down to your glorious bare sugarloaf.

sheepworrier said...

Gotta say the meat and cheese boards didn't have a great selection, tho they were nice.
Lovely wee bar.

Anonymous said...

eh? A no uniform policy? First time I've heard of such a rule. Is it a Norn Iron thing? Is it to deliberately exclude schoolkids?

sheepworrier said...

What happened the WDF seal of approval Manuel? I miss him.

Manuel said...

anonymous: I couldn't agree more......no fuck off sad sack.....

mj: crikey......could you imagine the squeals of horror etc.......?

sheepo: it is both lovely and wee

anonymous: I doubt kids would be trying to get into it.......but I dunno why?

sheepo: move on man move on.........any way randomshite started to use it too so I had to ditch it.....

sheepworrier said...

plagiarizing wee hoors!

carine said...

mmmmmmmm you've just inspired my next post. chimichurri it is x

Manuel said...

sheepo: same seal n all......but it's funny and I like them.....

carine: I'll pop over presently......!

Conan Drumm said...

Eh, no uniforms? But you can leave your hat on?

Blondefabulous said...

I've heard of the no shirt, no shoes, no service, but no uniforms?? Would they have been offended if you had just stripped right there and ate in your skivies??

If I ever get over my fear of flying over the oceans,... I may have to go and try these places.

Anonymous Boxer said...

oh to be fly on the wall of your lunches!

Manuel said...

conan: unless the hat is part of your uniform......

blondie: yes, yes they would have.....

boxer: I'll record it one day in the future......

Crispy said...

Why am I singing Chimchiminey chimchiminey chim chim char ra....?!

Sooz said...

finally got round to trying muriels- needless to say, when me and a male acquaintance went on saturday there was ridiculous amounts of food and drink consumed (we had 2 and a half courses each- we shared a starter- a pint each, a bottle of wine, a liquer for me to wash down my greedyness) and with all that and en excessively large tip I still only spent 50 quid. Couldn't beat it with a big stick and we will certainly be back- the sofas are supercomfy and the chocolate gateau is to die for!

Manuel said...

sooz: ah but isn't it just great. It's my favourite plca right now. I rarely sit inside due to my massive smoking addiction. But it is just so lovely you wanna curl up and sleep....

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