Last week, while on holiday in Liverpool, Jon & I had the opportunity for a very rare night out without the children.
As we don't have any babysitters local to us it's very unusual for us to have a "night off" and the chance to go and enjoy dinner together, so we were really excited about it.
We'd booked a Star Deal through BookATable for the Malmaison brasserie restaurant and were looking forward to it.
When we arrived, we were pleased to find that the decor in the hotel restaurant was really stunning and the whole place had a lovely, relaxed atmosphere - our waiters were very friendly and accommodating, as we had booked the Star Deal we were supposed to dine from a set menu but when I asked if I may be able to choose something from the a la carte menu instead they were more than happy to accomodate my wishes.
When our starters arrived, we were both excited to tuck in - we'd each chosen the calamari and I was nervous as I had never tried it before and am not usually a big fan of seafood - but I was so pleasantly surprised.
The calamari was light, crispy and so very morish - and has since become one of my favourite things to do order as a starter! So tasty.
The main courses arrived quickly after our starters, and our tummies were rumbling at the sight of them - Jon had ordered the asian chicken salad which he said was delicious - light and fresh but tasty too.
I was having a "cheat night" from my diet and wanted to make the most of it, so no healthy salad for me - I went for the Mal burger! And oh my goodness am I glad I did - it was honestly one of the best burgers I've ever had, tasty and satisfying without being greasy - just perfect!
We were almost too full for desserts but the Dessert Samplers sounded too good to pass up - they consisted of 3 miniature desserts - a Mal milkshake, a trifle and a passionfruit pavlova.
I was looking forward most of all to the milkshake but actually found this the most disappointing - it wasn't really a milkshake at all, it was a smoothie which I'm not a fan of at all - HUGE difference!
However, the rhubarb trifle was delicious - I'm not at all a fan of rhubarb so expected to end up giving this to Jon but much to his disappointment I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The pavlova was the best dessert in both of our opinions though - sweet and tangy, and the perfect palate cleanser.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening out, and would certainly return to the Malmaison next time we're in Liverpool - we're thinking of sampling their afternoon tea next time as it looks very original!
Our star deal booked via Book A Table included 3 courses and a glass of Prosecco each for just £19.95 which I think is a real bargain considering the quality of food on offer.
To find out more please visit www.bookatable.co.uk
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