With two courses for £9.95, Monday to Thursday, it’s scarcely the cheapest you’ll find in the city, but given its prime High Street location, it represents a decent deal.Their lunchtime menu is quite brief, but covers a comprehensive range of options. I started with the soup of the day, which was minestrone, then asked the outstandingly friendly and efficient waitress for a choice between the risotto or the tagliatelle. She advised the latter.
The soup was with me in double quick time. It was served in a smart bowl, but looked a little on the thin side. While it was a light broth, it packed an impressive amount of flavour and good chunky vegetables. I was pleased with it.The tagliatelle was rather good, too, and a very plentiful portion. I did my best to splatter another tie, but stopped short of entirely ruining today’s old pink and black favourite.
I rounded things out with over-priced espresso (£2.50 for a single shot; over £3 for a double) that was decent without setting the pulse racing.
The bill arrived with service charge included. This was a mistake for two reasons: firstly, I generally don’t particularly care for that approach; but secondly, the service was absolutely first rate and I would have tipped twice the amount they added, left to my own devices.
So overall, I enjoyed Gordon’s very much. It’s a good quick lunch option. I was served two courses both of which hit the spot very nicely. I’d be happy to visit again.
Blythe scores Gordon’s
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: minestrone soup; tagliatelle
I drank: water, espresso
I wore: new grey jacket
Total bill: £12.45