My latest choice of eatery came courtesy of a suggested post on Facebook. After seeing the page for Farro’s Grillhouse pop up a few times, with tantalising pictures that set off my taste buds, I finally gave in. And I’m glad I did!
From the outside the sign for the grillhouse is modern inviting, and stands out as it’s located on a street with mostly run down or closed kebab shops.
We walked in to to be greeted by smiley, friendly staff who immediately seated us and explained how to order. It was much like Nando’s, as you order at the bar when you’re ready and quote a table number. They made sure to explain the menu and where to get sauces and cutlery from.
The building itself was breathtaking, with three main seating areas connected together. There was the area as you just walk in, then up some steps there are more tables, and then a doorway lead to even more at the back. It was not unlike the Doctor’s T.A.R.D.I.S! We were sat in the central area, which had a glass ceiling. This was lovely, as it let in plenty of light and made the whole place feel more open. The tables were spaciously spread apart as well, giving us sufficient privacy from the other diners.
As I mentioned before, the place reminded me of Nando’s in some ways, the menu being another. It shared the same simple layout, which I found clear and easy to navigate. There were starters, of which we had the Nachos to Share between three of us and there were plenty. Not only that, but I would say they were the best nachos I have EVER had! Rather than just opening a bag of Doritos and microwaving some cheese over the top as a lot of places clearly do, these were clearly homemade as the menu claims. They were crisp and full of flavour, and I will definitely be going back for more.
For our mains we had a choice of burgers, steaks, Peri Peri chicken, seafood, salads, pizza, calzones and sizzlers (strips of meat cooked on a hot griddle plate, served still sizzling!) I was initially overwhelmed by all this choice, and I will admit, having seen all these options advertised on the front of the building before we came in, I was apprehensive. I was worried that a restaurant that was taking on so many different dishes might struggle to keep up the quality. But overall my personal experience was that they can cope absolutely fine!
Myself and my companions ended up ordering the same meal, as we couldn’t resist the Sizzler Burger, a combination of griddled strips of lamb in a bun with salad and cheese. This also came topped with an egg, but they were kind enough to swap it for a hash brown for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this combination, and now feel converted to having strips of meat instead of a patty in my burger. The trend for patties these days seems to be “the bigger the better”, but I often find it too much for one meal. I found having strips of meat not only more manageable, but more flavoursome and tender as well. A brilliant idea for a burger filling!
We also went for the Peri Peri chips. I am a lover of good chips, and have a specific expectation on how the perfect chip should be. These were as near perfect as you could hope to get. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, freshly fried but not at all greasy. Spot on.
There was a good selection of drinks on the menu, including mocktails, which always makes me happy. I went for my usual choice, a mojito, and it was perfectly refreshing.
We didn’t have time for dessert, but saw some mountainous milkshakes and waffles go past, which looked amazing, yet another reason to come back soon. We did notice they have a takeaway menu, which is always handy to know, and it mentioned 10% student discount.
So did this place that Facebook tempted me into trying meet expectations? I would say a firm yes. The appearance of the food matched the delicious looking pictures they share on their page, and the portion sizes are just as generous. Throw in that they have free private parking, and what reason could you have to not give Farro’s Grillhouse a try next time your in Nottingham?