I’m sure you’ve heard of The Alchemist in Trinity before; fancy cocktails and a roof terrace that’s packed regardless of the weather. Well following the success of this one they’ve opened another (larger) place on Greek Street.
Me and P visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was busy. Like really busy. Despite being a bit set back from the main shopping areas, the bar and restaurant were absolutely full, luckily we had a reservation. I really like the interior of the Greek Street Alchemist, I think it has a lot to do with the abundance of twinkly lights but it also has a grownup, polished feel about it. One side is dedicated to a restaurant and the other is bar seating.
The Alchemist is known for its cocktails so of course this was the only option for drinks. P was still recovering from the night before so held off on the first one. I had one of my favourites from The Alchemist; the Passion Fruit Meringue Martini (£7.50). A sweet, sharp cocktail made from passion fruit liqueur and lychee juice complete with blow torched meringue top – absolutely divine and I’ve never been served a bad one.
The food menu at The Alchemist is a mixture of lots of different cuisines; Tex mex, Asian, Jamaican even a Persian salad. Something for everyone I guess… For starters we opted to share the Pork Crackling (£3.95), Chili Beef & Cheese Potato Skins (£4.50) and the Mini Yorkshire Puddings (£4.75).
The potato skins were okay. Nothing particularly outstanding but decent enough that we ate them all. The Yorkshire puddings were again just okay, I thought the the filling was a bit bland (but P liked it) and the Yorkshires had gone a bit soggy but probably to be expected with a wet filling. The pork scratchings were really good though. A decent portion with a sprinkling of spring onions and chili. Not at all greasy and fatty like the ones you get in pubs (though I do have a little soft spot for those ones). The apple and sage sauce was also tasty and still had big chunks of apple so it wasn’t just mush.
For mains P went for the Steak Sandwich (£9.75) which was served with fries and a gravy dipping sauce. The bread was good quality, the steak tender (P especially appreciated that the steak was cut up into bite sized pieces) and the gravy was nice. The fries were really good; perfectly crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.
I decided to go for a Chicken Cesar Salad (£9.95) as we’re off to NYC in a few days so I’m trying to keep it light…ish. It wasn’t the hugest portion however there was a generous amount of chicken vs salad. I hate hate hate when it’s a salad full of…er salad. The chicken was tasty and the dressing tasted homemade. My only qualm would be a few more croutons please.
I’d seen a few reviews which had said the Salt & Pepper Fries (£3.50) were a must have so I’d ordered these too (so much for light eating). In the nicest possible way they tasted like Chinese takeaway onions & peppers with crispy fries – a delicious combo and if you visit I’d definitely get them.
By this point my healthy eating intentions had gone out the window so it didn’t take much persuading to get dessert. Our waiter recommended the Sticky Toffee Pudding (£5.25) so P had this. It totally didn’t disappoint. It was rich but light at the same time and even though P was really full he polished it off in record time. He said it was probably one of the best he’d ever had.
I had the Belgian Waffles (£4.50) as I’ve become obsessed with waffles after having them for the first time a few weeks ago. The waffles were really crispy and cinnamony with a big old scoop of ice cream. I could have definitely eaten more. I spotted them on the brunch menu too with eggs, bacon & sausages which sounds like a dream combo.
To finish off we had an after dinner cocktail. I had an Espresso Martini (£7.95) and P had a White Chocolate & Raspberry Martini (£7.50). My Espresso Martini was not for the faint hearted, strong coffee and strong booze but very enjoyable. P’s White Chocolate & Raspberry Martini was perfect for the sweet toothed, especially with the thick white chocolate foam. P couldn’t quite handle the booze with his hangover so I got to have it – score!
Throughout the meal the service was really good, we noted that there were loads of staff which was great to see especially as it was so busy.
So what did I think of The Alchemist? The cocktails were amazing as usual. The food was a bit hit & miss though. I absolutely can’t fault the cocktails and really like the ‘vibe’ of the place so I’ll definitely be stopping by for a drink or three in future.
This meal was complimentary, views are my own though.