Pradas Mediterranean Bar & Grill
by Gemma Dunn
Since opening its doors a little over three months ago, Pradas Mediterranean Bar & Grill has since made a name for itself, and a reputable name at that. Located on Bexleyheath’s Broadway, this North Kent newbie has proved an uplifting addition to the local restaurant scene, not least for its exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, but for its vibrant interior and wholly passionate team.
Eager to try this popular haunt out for myself, it’s fair to say I was more than happy to oblige when invited along to Pradas in May. What’s more, having opted to visit on a weekday evening, it was particularly refreshing to see a thriving customer base and hoard of happy customers enjoying the same encounter.
Greeted by the friendly team, I took up my seat beside the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and set about picking my drink of choice from Pradas’ rather impressive wine list. Having already decided that red meat would feature highly in my menu pickings, I voted for a bottle of Michel Torino Coleccion Malbec 2013; an Argentinean wine, famed for its deep colour, and lovely plum-like flavours.
And what goes with good wine? Good food. Therefore, it wasn’t long before our first course was en route. Perfect for the indecisive diners amongst us (it sounds better than greedy, doesn’t it?), my guest and I plumped for one of the restaurant’s fabulous sharers, the Greek mini meze board. From the staple houmous dip, to a serving of moreish meatballs, this meze medley certainly didn’t disappoint in our bid to try a wide selection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes all in one sitting.
Jam-packed with flavoursome cuisine, warm pitta bread accompanied a board overflowing with tasty grilled halloumi, stuffed meat and rice vine leaves, calamari, keftedes (lamb meatballs), olives, braised aubergine and a trio of dips. A delicious entrée, and a sure-fire sign of what was to come at Pradas.
In keeping with the Greek-style fare, I picked the popular lamb souvlaki for my main course. Served with cracked wheat pilaf, the marinated lamb chunks were tender and moist, accented beautifully with a pairing of authentic Greek yoghurt and fresh mixed leaf salad.
A 28-day matured fillet steak was my dining companion’s choice, expertly cooked and elegantly teamed with cherry tomatoes on the vine, chips, a rocket salad, and a classic, creamy peppercorn sauce. Commended as the best steak my guest had consumed in a long time, I of course tried it too, and I can concur, it was exceptional.
“What a great meal – I’m stuffed! Dessert? Of course.” Sound familiar? Well it rang true at Pradas after I caught sight of the homemade Baileys crème brûlée. When a dish combines your favourite sweet treat, with your beloved drink of choice, what hope do you have? A delectable twist on the French classic, this crunchy-and-custardy delight proved a fantastic finale to what had been a seamless evening.
This success is undoubtedly down to the fact that nothing – from décor to menu choices – is overlooked. When it comes to dining in style (quite literally), Pradas’ interior blends dark wood furnishings and atmospheric, modern light fittings, with freshly cut flowers and a penchant for bright, eclectic artwork.
Meanwhile, the ‘bar & grill’ tag does exactly what it says on the tin and provides a refuge for those seeking anything from a romantic meal or family event, to a round of cocktails and drinks amongst friends. This flexibility is reflected in the restaurant’s decision to provide an array of menus, including an extensive drinks list, and Sunday, set and party fare, amongst others. One of its most popular promotions is Pradas’ Monday deal, which sees the eatery offering 50% off all steak orders. Go on then. Any excuse!
Aside from the attentive and professional team, when Pradas started out this year, it had a clear and attainable goal, and that was to serve simple, quality food at a reasonable price, that is both cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. Just months on, the future certainly looks bright for this Kent newcomer, as it has not only achieved its aim, but also surpassed it.
Pradas, 198-200 Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7BD
020 8303 6290 / www.pradasbarandgrill.com