I’ve not reviewed a place in a long time. Frankly because I’ve not got out much in the last couple of months, and when I have, it’s been to a place known to me.
On Saturday, I took The Bean and The Toppie to lunch for the latter’s birthday (which is today) to a place called 4 Cousins Bar & Bites. It’s been open for a while, but I’ve only ever driven past. When The Bean and I were discussing places to go, she asked if we could do lunch somewhere different and we took a risk, which paid off!
The restaurant wasn’t busy when we arrived around lunchtime. It is tastefully decorated: cosy, homely and inviting.
We were seated at a comfortable booth and our needs were seen to by a lovely, friendly waitress called Carlin.
I’m not allowed to consume alcohol with my medication , so I asked for the one of the two non-alcoholic beers on drinks menu and she told me they didn’t have it, but an alternative (not listed on the menu) was available, so I opted for that.
When it came to taking our food order, I was undecided between a chicken wrap or a lettuce burger (you can clearly note I’m serious about my health and fitness again). Carlin recommended the lettuce burger, telling me that it is what she personally eats most often.
The Bean ordered a seafood combo which consisted of a fair-sized fillet of hake, nuggets, calamari, chips and a small Greek salad. I ate the olives and the feta.
The Toppie opted for a chicken schnitzel which is served with choice of either a cheese-, mushroom or pepper sauce and a choice of two sides, either chips, sweet potato fries, salad or onion rings. He went the same route as The Bean.
As a surprise I ordered jalapeño poppers for him and I to share. They were well presented and tasty. The small salad on the side also included some olives and pomegranate rubies (which I love!)
The food took a while to arrive, but it was clear that it has been freshly prepared and everything was cooked to perfection. The plates were also hot, which is something I appreciate. Unless I’m ordering a salad or a chilled consommé, I like my food hot.
The Bean, who hates calamari, gave me what was on her plate, but when she saw my eyes roll back in with pleasure, she had a taste and ate the majority of the strips. The fish was the best she’s eaten in ages, it just flaked off when touched with the fork. The Toppie clearly enjoyed his meal as well, because I had to tell him a few times to wipe the pepper sauce off his face. My burger was tasty, and not heavy as is sometimes the case with a conventional, bunned one. The mini marshmallows used to garnish the delicious sweet potato fries were a nice touch.
Living in a small town, especially one that is still very much a “holiday” one, I personally am inclined to visit the same places, only going to a different one on the recommendation of someone I know well and whose judgment I trust. In this case I had no such insight on which to base my decision, except a few reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor from nameless strangers.
All in all, it was a five star experience, from start to end. The only regret I have is not having enough space for dessert, but… we’ll definitely be back!