Monday, 19 June 2017

Lunch at Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party is a massively popular brunch spot on Corporation Street, near the law courts. Its location means I never made the effort to head over. However, everyone's instagrams did look super, so when they got in touch to invite me to try their new lunch options, I said yes straight away.

Firstly, it's important to remember that BTP is a chain, for all its chalkboards and distressed wood. To me, this meant the drinks were not as good as they might have been but that service was excellent, quality was consistent and there were some nice touches such as an excellent coleslaw.

The venue itself is gorgeous, so light and airy and welcoming, with a lovely tiled floor and retro light fittings. I'm a sucker for this kind of faux-hipster look; don't hate me.

To drink, Edd ordered a Flat White (£2.65). It was a perfectly well-made flat white but he found the coffee a little bland. I don't like drinking coffee with lunch so I had a refreshing Iced Tea (£2.50) which had a good tea kick and was much better.

The lunch menu has expanded to include fashionable influences from around the world and less bread options. Edd chose the trendy Cuban Sandwich (£8.25) slow roast pork, ham, Emmental and gherkin on a toasted roll. This was a perfectly fine meaty sandwich, with a pleasant sharpness from the pickle.

I chose the Vietnamese Banh-Mi Sandwich (£7.95) a vegan option made with BBQ pulled jackfruit, which takes on the texture of chicken or pork, pickled veg, vegan mayo and sriracha. I was happy to try jackfruit. It's definitely a fantastic meat substitute and I'm hoping it will become more of a thing.It is good to see chains like BTP offering more than the standard veggie/vegan options. The sriracha was good and hot and made the rather bland bread more exciting. As I mentioned, the pink slaw on both dishes was crunchy and tasty.

This would be a super lunch time option if it wasn't for the price. For £8 I would like a great deal more filling: more jackfruit, better pickled veg, juicier meat. However, I respect the effort they have put into providing more interesting lunchtime options, especially for vegans and veggies.

I very much liked the location and some aspects of the food and I'll be back to try the brunch that everyone is so keen on.

Boston Tea Party

Photos by Helen and Edd.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

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