The decor at Ed's is fun and retro and the working mini duke boxes on each table are a nice touch. All you do is pop 20p in the slot and choose from the catalogue of 50's tunes including Elvis and The Beach Boys. What's really cool is all the income from the dimeboxes goes to the company's chosen charity of the year, 2016's being "Action Against Hunger".
Ed's have a separate gluten-free menu and whilst there are vegetarian options, choices for vegans seem limited. Whilst we're on the subject, quite a few of my readers are vegetarian/vegan, I wanted to warn you that meat features heavily in the main so please feel free to skip to dessert - I don't want anyone to offend or upset anyone. I have a vegan food post coming soon so keep an eye out for that!
First out were the salad wedges - great big chunks of lettuce with an assortment of toppings including parmesan, blue cheese and bacon. We were completely spoilt with every carb and sauce available on the menu. Sauces included peppercorn, beef dripping, bordelaise and mushroom and garlic and I'd never seen so many different types of potato on one table! As for potato, we had mashed, jacket, sweet potato fries, normal fries and new potatoes.
Each came served with parsley butter, an onion loaf (like a homemade onion ring but baked and in a stacked rectangle shape, rather than a ring) and a balsamic glazed beef tomato. I prefer having my steak with garlic or parsley butter rather than a sauce so I like that this comes standard at Miller and Carter. The onion loaf was a fantastic onion ring alternative, super sweet and crispy, I kept going back for more!
We were treated like royalty at Miller and Carter and I would definitely recommend them as a go-to for a special occasion or romantic date. Lamb, pasta dishes, lobster, burgers and ribs are also on the menu if you aren't fussed about steak. Gnocci and various salads are available for vegetarians but again, there's slim pickings for vegans.
After a tasty but heavy main, it was great to head over to our final stop for an assortment of light desserts and refreshing cocktails. Las Iguanas is a Latin America themed restaurant I visit regularly but usually fill myself up with a starter and a main and have no room for desserts. I'm pretty familiar with their cocktail menu as they have Happy Hour, all day everyday.
Starting from the left, the caramel cake had a bouncy soft vanilla flavoured sponge with caramel sauce and topped with blueberries. I am salivating dreaming back to what was for me, the highlight of this course, the aztec fudge cake. Gooey orange and spiced chocolate sponge, rich with fudgey sauce and served with icecream. It was just so tangy and almost boozy in flavour - yum!
As I'm not really a lover of panacotta-type desserts, the texture of the tembleque pudding wasn't my favourite but its sweet coconut flavour was lovely and it was topped with a fruity mango puree.
I adore the vibrantly coloured interior and it's a great place to visit with friends, their outdoor seating area overlooking the river is my preferred spot. Vegan/vegetarian or gluten free? No problem they have separate menus for both.
A massive thank you to The Oracle, Ed's Diner, Miller & Carter and Las Iguana for a wonderfully filling evening!
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