Chilli is one of the most ubiquitous dishes in this part of the world. Difficult to mess up you might think, but how many times have you been let down? Not at The Left Bank. With just the right level of spice there is a very unexpected but welcome meatiness added by the presence of pulled pork mixed with the beef. It’s the best chilli I’ve had in an awful long time.
The drinks menu is one of my favourites in the West End. An impressive, almost intimidating looking cocktail list and a nice selection of Scottish ales easily outmanoeuvre the usual suspects into my glass. Even more surprisingly they offer fruit smoothies! I actually used to own a small health drinks company and trying to get bars to stock these things always met with a chuckle and the pity smile. So fair play to them for that.
This was my first visit to Left Bank and while everyone in the group was pretty happy with their food, the chilli was the outstanding thing on the menu. The Left Bank is cosy and informal and I’d actually probably be more likely to come for lunch than dinner for future visits. With such a varied menu though, it has the advantage of being a good option any time of day or night.
Note: Food served till 22:00 and if you’re dining with children under 14; only till 20:00 due to licensing laws.