When you are invited to dine in the City, a casino would not have been the first place I thought of. My local independent casino sells sandwiches and burgers, I mean they are fine when drinking and gambling, responsibly, but they certainly won’t be winning any awards. So when Grosvenor Casino invited me in to try their new menu, I was a little worried how I would write it up.
The Soames branch of Grosvenor Casino is in the middle of Chinatown and hidden away down a side street. We visited on the Thursday before Good Friday and expected it to be full to the brim, the place was empty! The restaurant area is downstairs and neatly tucked away from the gaming tables with large wall mounted TVs within view of every table. This is perfect for watching sports but also allows a little privacy if you don’t fancy gambling during your visit.
The menu is perfect for both the area and the casino environment. It is largely made up of smaller bites and there is a large selection of dim sum to choose from. They have daily offers including £15 prosecco on a Friday, perfect to chill out with a selection of the dim sum which, let me tell you, are incredibly tasty.
The Duck Spring Rolls are delightful with a hefty filling of aromatic duck and a thicker than normal shell. I really liked the crunchier shell, especially with the rich duck filling. They felt more substantial and like a full meal in a way. The Beef Kimchi Gyoza were much lighter than I was expecting. Light beef with a spicy kimchi filling are lightly griddled in a wheat pastry then served with a vinegar and ginger sauce. I could have eaten several plates of these, they are so moreish.
After dim sum we tried a selection of the more traditional starter style light bites. The Nachos were great and nicer than most I have had in the City. I asked for the guacamole and jalapeños on the side as my friend doesn’t like them, but the slightly spicy tomato salsa was sandwiched between them meaning they all had their own little bit of sauce. The cheese was plentiful and melted all over the top meaning not a single one of these beauties was dry. The Chicken Skewers were tender with a light satay marinade, which is so different to others I have had in the past. Usually, the sauce is thick and rich, whilst this one was light and nutty. They didn’t last long, that’s for sure. The Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari was also good. A light and crunchy batter with a lovely fragrant kick houses the softest squid I have had in a while, can you sense a theme here?
Never one to be outdone by food, we tried some of the bread based food! The pizzas are on the small side but fresh with a thin base and a good amount of topping. The Harissa Chicken Flatbread had a real kick of spice that is slightly mellowed by a drizzle of yoghurt and mint sauce. The perfect late night snack after a few beers and before a flutter on the tables.
I honestly did not expect to like the food here as much as I did. It is an unexpected gem that is great if you are in the City, after a light bite, but don’t want to go into a big restaurant for a more formal affair. Grosvenor Casino Soames will definitely be seeing more of me, responsibly eating.
I was invited to dine as a guest of Grosvenor Casino and was not asked to pay.