With small plates becoming increasingly popular and with new restaurants opening every month offering their own take on the traditional tapas dish, we thought we share some of our fav in and around the city.
The Pen Factory
The Pen Factory on Hope Street is kicking the list off. With a menu that is updated almost every month, The Pen Factory is somewhere we always recommend to anyone looking for a cool, stylish restaurant with a chilled environment and amazing food. The reasonably priced dishes and a generous size and with a variety or meat, fish and veg dishes, the menu has something for everyone.
Salt House Tapas
Salt House Tapas is ten next year. It’s not very often independent restaurants stick around these days. Surely that says it all? Similar to TPF, Salt House has a regularly updated main menu that bring together dishes from various countries, not just Spain. Who doesn’t want to bury their face in Ox Cheek, Pork Belly and Roasted Lamb?
Until recently, I’d never actually eaten an evening meal at Leaf, only ever breakfast (which is always amazing, just FYI). Technically, Leaf don’t offer small plates but they do have “Nibbles” on their menu which have some pretty special dishes. Pulled Jackfruit Tacos, Coconut Duck Spring Rolls and Loaded Hummus to name a few.
I don’t think there’s a person in Liverpool who hasn’t been to one of the 2 Mowgli restaurants yet so it doesn’t really need a mention… but it’s getting one. Without a doubt a local favourite, Mowgli has been serving traditional Indian dishes inspired by owner Nisha Katona’s family for about 5 years now. The dishes are fresh, exciting and beyond tasty. My personal fav is the Goan Curry (boneless fish in a sweet, smoky sauce).
Tiger Rock Hawker
Last on the list is Tiger Rock Hawker. The East Asian restaurant serves dishes inspired by traditional Thai, Malaysian and Chinese recipes. With 2 restaurants in the city (one in the city centre and the other on Smithdown) Tiger Rock is a firm favourite for those looking for small plates with a twist. The menu includes dishes like Nasi Goreng, Lo Mai Fan and Korp Moo. You’ll probably need to give them a visit so you know what these actually are!