Lunchtime (12:00 - 7:00) menu consisted of selection from:
* Udon noodles with crispy Asian greens in garlic and
black bean butter
* Steamed hot 'n sour prawn and pork dumplings
* Hand-crafted fishcakes flavoured with lemon grass, and a sweet chilli
* Spring rolls filled with a teryaki marinated salmon with a citrus
* Peanut and rice pakoras drizzled with lime and coriander vinaigrette
* Steamed mussels in a light madras and mango cream
* Honey roast pork brochette with a lime dressing
* Potato and vegetable hot pot seasoned with cardamom and cumin
* Deep fried vegetable dumplings with a trio of dips
* Warm chicken salad in a spiced jungle curry
We started with a 2 pint pitcher of Kronenbourg between the
three of us.
The menu offers a banquet for 1 - any three items £6, or
banquet for 2 - any five items £5. (In other words £2 per item!)
We didn't try the Udon noodles, hot 'n sour dumplings, pork
brochette or chicken.
Of the rest, we all agreed that "they had all the right
tastes" - the presentation was good, and the staff friendly and efficient.
In particular, the fishcakes, spring rolls and hot pot attracted positive
Another 2 pint pitcher.
When we were asked if we would like dessert, we asked to see
the menu. We were presented with a menu we hadn't seen - apparently the
lunchtime menu is deliberately limited because people want to eat relatively
lightly and quickly. The choice on the dinner was rather more extensive, and the
desserts were tempting but "heavy". I opted for the Mango and
Pistachio Kulfi, but Phil could not resist the sticky toffee bananas. Dave
decided on another course from the lunch menu, and had the peanut and rice
Phil had another half of Kronenbourg - Dave and I had Jasmine
Bamboo is fairly new, but is already expanding to Oxton (Wirral),
Chorlton (Manchester June 2000) and Heswall (Chester July 2000)
£36.95 in total.
Verdict: Very good. An unusual blend of oriental and European
influences. I can't wait to try the dinner menu.
Sandro (and Phil and Dave)
I had the prawn dumplings, and damn fine they were too!
After such a pleasant experience that lunchtime, I suggested to my
family that we would go for Sunday lunch. I rang to check that Bamboo
was open and that the same midweek lunch menu was available. They
confirmed both (Sunday opening is 12:00 to 22:00).
So I turned up with Sue and the children, to be turned away at the
door. Bamboo is licensed as a bar and does not allow children under 16
Bamboo is now closed at lunchtimes (at least in the week, I do not
know about Sunday Lunch