A popular neighbourhood spot on Parkview's pretty main street Tyrone Avenue, the name Blind Tiger conjures a speakeasy, and while the Prohibition-era may be long gone, that glamorous and crazy 1920s have found their way onto the drinks menu, where homage is paid to Fitzgerald's age-defining novel The Great Gatsby, and other American legends like Ms [Dorothy] Parker.
In the best bar tradition, The Blind Tiger is also a dining destination in its own right. The menu is a Californian-inspired Asian/Mexican/American fusion with some classic French touches, thoroughly unfussy and generously portioned. The black bean quesadillas, superbly spicy and moreish chicken wings, crumbled calamari, crispy French fries and gloriously smokey Californian-style chorizo and refried bean dip are perfect for a bar snack to share.
Meanwhile for mains we particularly enjoyed the grilled Norweigian salmon with a white wine and mustard and caper sauce, elegantly presented and flawlessly executed. Red meat lovers should try the beautifully plated 'topless burger', a juicy medium rare beef patty topped with blue cheese and caramelised onions, served on a bed of rocket, or the classic French fillet medallions with a red wine onion sauce, already a firm favourite with the regulars.
An inviting space, the cosy bar and restaurant with its warm maroon walls and well-lit and stocked bar gives little hint of the large seating area you'll find through the passageway, perfect for big table dinners and private parties. In summer the garden tucked away out back is a hit.
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