Food, film nights and more food: is there a better way to spend the bank holiday weekend? While my plans to enjoy the great outdoors away from my office walls were scuppered by the cold and downright miserable weather, there was an unexpected joy that rescued the final part of that precious four day weekend. And yes, of course it involves a ton of incredible food.
When it comes to looking for places to eat in Liverpool, I usually head to Bold Street to visit some of my favourite independents in the city. But when I was invited to check out the mini refresh at Yee Rah, I have to admit that I was intrigued. Yee Rah has enjoyed a prime location in the Liverpool ONE restaurant complex since it first opened ten years ago but as I haven’t visited in a number of years, I took the other half along to check out their new look and my god, I was genuinely blown away.
The cocktail menu is pretty solid and in true gin lover style, I kicked off with a Raspberry Blush – a tasty combination of gin, elderflower, lychee and raspberry to create a sweet, summery concoction. We also tasted out a cheeky strawberry and vodka creation that will be coming to the summer drinks menu soon and while vodka isn’t usually my jam, I could totally see myself sitting out on the terrace sipping a few of these on a sunny afternoon.
While most of the Yee Rah menu is built around Asian-inspired cuisine, the quirky mix of grill and wok dishes will keep everyone happy – not to mention a couple of added British and Mexican options for added flair! It’s an unusual dining combination but one that definitely works for families and large groups because hey, sometimes you’ve just got to keep your options open. The variety in cuisine also means that veggies have a ton of choices, even if we did have to forego the delicious looking prawn crackers on the table.
So what did we go for? The starter selection was full of classic dishes so we decided to try out their take on Battered Halloumi alongside their Veggie Spring Rolls. During my months travelling Asia, I ate spring rolls almost every day but if I’m honest, their UK counterparts from my local Chinese are vile in comparison. So you can only imagine how thrilled I was when our order arrived perfectly crispy and absolutely delicous, accompanied by a sweet chilli dipping sauce for a bit of a kick. I almost ordered a second portion to take away. The halloumi was tasty but just didn’t match up – my heart was fully back in Asia.
After the delight of my starter, I was even more excited than usual for my food to arrive at the table. I’d opted for veggie Pad Thai while Jamie chose Tofu Fajitas; an interesting option considering most restaurants usually serve sizzling mixed vegetables with meat-free fajitas. Oh, and we added some sweet potato fries because I’m absolutely unable to resist the temptation of a good chip.
I could barely keep my hands off my food for long enough to photograph it but after that first forkful of noodles, I knew Yee Rah was somewhere I’d be returning to soon. The Pad Thai was unreal: full of flavour and with enough sweet lime that I didn’t need to touch the wedge helpfully added to the side of my plate. I’d go as far as to say that this was the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had outside of Thailand The portion size was hefty but I valiently ate almost every scrap, even if it did mean I had to sacrifice dessert. Jamie gave his fajitas the thumbs up too and I have to say, it was really well presented and easy to build your own wraps.
If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t expecting to be hugely impressed by the food at Yee Rah even though the menu looked awesome. But I can say with all honesty that the food we ate today was truly delicious. And now I’m happy to know that there will always be a place in Liverpool where I can find food that takes me back to eating veggie food in Asia on my travels. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Yee Rah for inviting me along to dine at the restaurant! I’ll definitely be returning for more noodles soon…
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