Quite Simply French is one of my favourite restaurants in Lancaster, but surprisingly I had yet to try out its sister venue Quite Simply Food until recently.
Quite Simply Food calls itself a “hip brasserie and deli” and is home to a vast deli counter with something to tempt all tastes and diets.
Much of its food caters for vegans and vegetarians, and it also offers a take-away service.
Arriving on a chilly Friday evening, it was good to step inside a welcoming, cosy looking restaurant.
On first appearances it looked to have a relaxed and homely atmosphere, with several modern-looking tables, chairs and sofas spread around the small space.
We were shown to our table by one of the youngest looking waiters I think I’ve ever seen, and settled down to peruse the lengthy menu.
The brasserie has a fairly laid back approach to service, and the table had not been laid when we arrived, so as we chose our drinks (a bottle of rose wine) the waiter brought our cutlery and took our order.
The menu had a wide choice of starters, soups and main courses, as well as breakfast and lunch menus.
Their deli boards include an incredible range of items from the deli counter at the back of the premises.
They also offer mid-morning coffee and cake and afternoon tea.
The menus change every day, meaning there is always something new and exciting to tempt you.
The brasserie boasts a saying that “fresh, local and seasonal is our mantra”.
The chefs use as much local produce as possible, as well as buying from the famous Rungis market in Paris.
As starters, we chose the bread and olives and the prawn and salmon salad, both of which were delicious and really got our taste buds prepared for the main course.
We were both tempted by the sound of the Volcanic Hot Rock menu – choose the meat or fish of your choice from the menu and cook it yourself on a block of Indonesian volcanic black rock.
We decided to share dishes of prawns and chicken, but you could also choose steak or pork.
I was slightly overawed when the dishes arrived, due to the sheer size of them!
We were given huge heated blocks of rock on which to cook our food, along with dishes full of raw prawns and chicken.
The dishes came served with a shared mound of seasonal sautéed vegetables and potatoes, as well as complimentary condiments of soy, sweet chilli and grain mustard.
The meal was great fun as well as being delicious – it’s a novel way to eat your meal and is definitely a talking point, and we had several other diners casting envious glances across at us as we worked our way through the mammoth dishes of food.
We had that many plates, we even had to expand from our small table for two onto an empty table behind.
The mixture of flavours was delicious, and we agreed it had been a great idea to share our dishes, as both were equally tasty.
Those who aren’t keen on uncooked meat or fish may want to give this a miss; raw, grey prawns aren’t the most tempting food to look at! However, we both loved the meal, and would definitely return to try other dishes on the menu.
We were too stuffed for a dessert – practically unheard of for me – and so the whole meal came to just over £54, which we agreed was pretty good for the amount we had eaten.