PANAM Review: Brunch with a Bloody Mary & View….

I’m not going to lie, this unsettled weather has been getting me down! The thought of preparing and cooking our ‘usual’ Sunday Roast AND cleaning up all the pots and pans created for a ‘two man’ dinner, really wasn’t appealing to me what with the humidity and sunless grey skies.

For a split second, I pondered on the idea of lighting the BBQ but common sense prevailed with said weather. After all, it was July! Sounding like a perpetulant child, I pleaded with ‘The Other Half’ (TOH) ‘PLEASE can we do something different this Sunday’?

Wisely agreeing, I started looking at options. Neither of us fancied a roast, but something ‘brunchie’ and preferably somewhere with a bit of live music to lift my dampened ‘spirits’.

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We decided to book PANAM down the Albert Dock as had heard from friends that they do a ‘Bottomless Brunch and often have live music. Not being early birds and wanting to ‘kill two with one stone’ we booked a table at 1 pm, so that was our breakie & lunch sorted!

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Our waitress seated us at a fabulous table upstairs, that not only overlooked the Dock Basin but also allowed us to view the live music which was a great male and female duo performing an array of ‘easy listening’ acoustics.

Although the full day menu was also available, we stuck with the brunch option which consisted of a Brunch Platter to ‘share’ followed by a Main Course which offered five different options. The ‘piece de resistance’ was unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s. Now I was glad it was chucking it down as after all, we couldn’t possibly go traipsing around in the rain! My tune successfully changed!

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We both opted for a Bloody Mary while pondering on what Main Course to order. I’ve got to say.. they were pretty good AND came with a celery stalk, that’s so often omitted on UK soil. Before finishing, I’d already decided that I would have another one (perhaps with a tad more Tabasco), before moving on to sampling the Prosecco or a Mimosa.

The ‘Sharing Platter’ consisted of Buttermilk Pancakes and Waffles accompanied with Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Compote, and Vanilla Cream. The Pancakes were small in size and made of a light ‘fluffy’ batter. These worked really well with the jam and made a nice change from a syrup. The Waffles were quite ‘dense’ but nonetheless nice and very moreish with the Compote of fresh juicy berries and whipped cream with just a slight presence of vanilla. After quarrelling over the last pancake, (three guesses who won?) We were ready for a breather so enjoyed our second Bloody Mary while waiting for the Mains.

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TOH had opted for the Steak and Eggs, which consisted of an 8 oz Rump that had the ‘thumbs up’ and was cooked to his liking of medium rare. The two Fried Eggs were in all fairness also cooked to perfection with runny yolks. The Potato Rosti was unfortunately reported as ‘very soggy’ and after tasting it, I had to agree. Perhaps this was due to it resting under the steak for some time or not quite being cooked enough. Although TOH still managed to polish it off so it couldn’t have been too bad.  The small Portobello Mushrooms and Vine Tomato finished the dish off and were well received with the steak and eggs.

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I opted for The Breakfast Enchiladas which are suitable for Vegetarians. Although I’m a self-confessed Carnivore, I really fancied something different and these ticked the box! The two thick Tortillas were each stuffed with lightly seasoned Pablano Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, and Spinach. A mild Manchego Cheese Sauce surrounded the Enchiladas, which were topped with additional Grilled Cheese and Fresh Parsley. The side of Tomato Salsa and Sliced Avocado, worked really well with the dish, as did my second Bloody Mary!

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Relieved to see it was still raining, we ordered a Prosecco which arrived full of bubbles topped with a Raspberry.  The live entertainment was still on so we ended up staying for another hour to enjoy the music and to sample a Mimosa of Prosecco and Orange Juice. After a rather indulgent 2 hours, we decided to ‘face the weather’ and got the bill, which came to a reasonable £70.

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Overall, the food was great as was the service and entertainment. At £35 per head, the Bottomless Brunch works out good value considering you have 2 courses with unlimited quality drinks. You can enjoy the brunch from 11 am – 4 pm on Sundays with a table limit of 2 hours which is ample time to enjoy inside, or, if you’re feeling brave ‘Al Fresco’!

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22 Britannia Pavillion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD

For reservations call: 0151 702 5831

www.panambarliverpool.co.uk

 

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