You can find The Baltic Social just by the traffic lights at the junction of Jamaica Street and Parliament Street, the area is hip and trendy and known as the Baltic Triangle which is quite refreshing as every other area in the city seems to be a ‘quarter’ these days.
The eatery sits inside one of the old warehouses, the inside is bare brick, random chairs and tables, one counter housing the plates is an old upright piano. Crockery is all mismatched tea cups and saucers in abundance.
We’ve eaten here before, partaking of their Punk Afternoon Tea which is to be booked in advance. If you’re afternoon tea’d out this makes a nice change, it includes such things as chicken wings, slider burgers, fries, sponge cake and brownies. You can have tea if you wish or cocktails, whatever you choose it comes in a tea pot and you drink out of tea cups. There is a veggie option on this too.
Today though we wanted lunch. Husband, No 1 child, Old Friend, and myself, we called in on the off chance they could fit four of us in which they did. It was busy and about to arrive was a group of about 40 for a birthday party so if you really want to eat here I’d suggest booking to avoid disappointment.
The menu gives a fair choice, No 1 Child was recovering from the night before so wanted carbs, she went for grilled cheese sandwich and twice cooked fat chips, OF chose a large plate Mac and Cheese, swapping the garlic bread for sweet potato fries, Husband decided on nachos and I went for spicy lamb burger with a side of homemade ‘slaw. The waiter was friendly and nothing seemed to be too much trouble in a gentle and laid-back kind of way.
The food took a little while to come but not excessive.
The nachos were actually crisps but Husband wasn’t complaining and said they were very tasty.
No 1 Child’s grilled cheese oozed filling and she said it was ’a good one’, the chips were definitely fat, whilst not overly crispy on the outside they were light and fluffy on the inside with a pot of mayo on the side.
When ordering her mac and cheese OF was asked did she want it as a side or a large plate, she opted for large plate as she was having this as her main course. When it arrived it was more like a bucket full than a plate full.
The portion was ridiculously large, the waiter laughed at our amazement, it would have been interesting to find out how big a side order was, we all mucked in to help her out and she still took half a plateful home in a doggy bag. It was served piping hot and was wonderfully cheesy, as it started to cool it was easier to eat and the cheese began to string which was scrumptious. We all agreed it was one of the best we’d had for quite a while.
My spicy lamb burger was served with French fries. The burger came in a brioche bun which was quite pale and so were the French fries, there was a tiny bit of ‘green’ for decoration but the meal looked sadly anaemic. The fries were nice and not over cooked, the lamb burger was fat, juicy and spicy, it was dressed with feta – four little squares, rocket, tzatziki and hummus. The combination of flavours really worked but the two dressings did make the bottom of the brioche a bit soggy.
I adore homemade slaw but was sadly disappointed.
The pot was disappointingly small for the price and it was mainly purple. There was no logic between the portion size of the mac and cheese and the size of the portion of slaw.
We were all satisfied with our meals and had no real room for a pudding. With soft drinks, the bill for the four of us was £48.00 not particularly expensive but bearing in mind one meal was a fried cheese sandwich and the other a side of Nachos it wasn’t exactly cheap either.
Would we go back? Yes, we all said we would go back, I think next time will be a redo of the Punk Afternoon Tea.
25-29 Parliament Street
Call 0151 707 1137