Restaurant review: RevolutionBy Caroline Cook
June 13, 2012
When the sun is shining, there’s almost nothing nicer than leaving the office at 5pm and heading straight into town for some summer food and a cocktail or two.
Diners in Reading are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to summer fare, with plenty of big name favourites lining the river, the wonderful Bill’s in Chain Street and some lovely pub gardens to boot.
With so much choice on offer in the town’s eateries it would not normally cross my mind to pop in to one of Reading’s bars for food, but with the promise of a new summer menu we were optimistic about what Revolution could provide.
It’s always a little strange going into a night-time venue for daytime pursuits, but Revolution manages to make its dining room look neat and airy, and there were no after-party remnants from weekend antics in sight. Opting for a glass of wine each, my guest and I got stuck in, browsing the spring/summer menu which introduces 15 new dishes for the season.
We went for bread and oil to start, hoping to save room for the delicious-looking set of summer puddings, but there are plenty of options under the small plates including new additions dough balls (£3.25), and Italian nachos (£3.95).
For our main we decided to share the summer Mezze Board (£10.95), one of three sharing dishes available. The board was packed with summery tapas-style foods like olives and nachos, which were ideal for picking at while gossiping over the wine.
The base of the dish was thin flour tortillas, which were a bit like chapatis in their look and taste and were ideal for scooping up the houmous and sunblushed tomatoes.
Alongside the Greek fare the platter also offered Italian tapas favourites with slices of Serrano ham, freshly baked dough balls and crispy pockets filled with chorizo, which were the tastiest item on the plate.
We had no trouble clearing the platter and although it probably wouldn’t fill you up if you were looking for a proper meal out, it was a tasty light dish to go with some evening drinks.
If you were looking for something more hearty the summer menu offers a crispy chorizo and pesto linguine with strips of rosemary infused chicken (8.95), a Serrano ham and sliced mozzarella stonebaked pizza (£8.95), and a selection of burgers.
For light bites there are also three new open summer sandwiches (all £7.25) including a granary loaf topped with Dijon mayonnaise, slices of mature cheddar, crispy Serrano ham and spiced fruit chutney.
Moving on to pudding we decided to put the traditional Revolution Mess (£4.95) to the test against the chocolate version (4.95).
Opting for the fruity variety, I tucked in to a mountain of whipped Chantilly cream piled over blueberries, raspberries, meringue, and vanilla ice-cream and swirled with a blueberry coulis.
My guest went for the chocolate version, swapping the fruit for chocolate brownies, chocolate ice-cream and chocolate sauce.
There was a lot of cream on the plate so a very sweet tooth would be recommended, although the fruit helped to balance out the creaminess in the traditional version and we voted that for the winner.
Another summer special is the ice cream selection (£2.95), which comes as three scoops served with blueberry coulis or chocolate sauce.
Of course the thing Revolution is really known for is its drinks with a wide selection of cocktails and pretty much every flavour of vodka you could think of – including chilli, bakewell tart and cola cubes.
It’s also worth noting the bar has a Mega Monday offer with 50 per cent off all food, all day.
Although the menu does not quite do enough to rival Reading’s main eateries, if you’re going out for drinks and want a bite to eat on the side then Revolution gives a nice taste of summer.
- Telephone: 0118 9587397
- Website: www.revolution-bars.co.uk
- Address: Revolution