We always love new places opening in Halifax and in August, Alibi Bar & Restaurant opened. Located in the historic Somerset House, just a 5 minute walk from the magnificent Piece Hall, based in the heart of Halifax.
Alibi are open for early morning coffee, brunch, small nibbles and cocktails, as well as lunch, tapas, evening meals and afternoon tea. You can also dine al fresco within their courtyard (if the English weather is on your side).
A few weeks ago I went and tried out a selection of cocktails and 7 yummy dishes off their tapas menu. The staff greet you at the door, with warm, friendly smiles, take you to your seat and make you feel extremely welcome. The atmosphere is modern, inviting and something a little different for Halifax.
Starting with the good stuff, food! All priced reasonably and plenty to share with a couple of people. We went for the selection of bread and olives (£4) which where warm and a great dish to start off with. As well as their tasty, Alibi Mini Fishcakes (£7) with Caper Aioli. These were packed full of fish and herbs, but I could of just done with a little more of the delicious caper aioli.
Next was the Beef Cheek with Horseradish Mash (£9). This was incredible, melted in your mouth, rich, with creamy mash – perfection! I could just go back to eat this! Along with the Sous Vide Belly Pork (£6) with these amazing mini toffee apples. Honestly the belly pork, was to die for, some of the best we have ever had.
Next for some more fish – King Prawns in Garlic Olive Oil (£9) and Octopus/Squid Salad (£9). All the dishes were cooked so well and nothing lacked seasoning or flavour. The king prawns were juicy and had the right amount of chili and garlic. Great washed down with a glass of prosecco.
Finally, we got some cheese – Manchego with Black Grape Chutney (£5) we treated this as our dessert with yet another cocktail which I will talk about next.
Now for the alcohol and believe me they are not shy when it comes to measurements in their cocktails. I started off with a Peach Spritz (£6.95), a blend of RinQuinQuin vermouth with lemon and sugar, topped with Prosecco. This was very refreshing and went great with the fish dishes.
I then opted for a classic Pornstar Martini (£7.95) Theirs was a little different to your classic, but still a great Pornstar martini, and the perfect end to my meal. A blend of Distil No.9 vodka, passion fruit, lime, sugar and triple sec, which added a slight orange tone.
I highly recommend their menu and especially the cocktails. Make sure to watch out for my review of their Afternoon Tea next month too!
I hope you enjoyed my post on Alibi – Let me know what you thought in the comments!