Panero Lounge launch, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Panero Lounge, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire,
Panero Lounge, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

As I’m writing this we’ve just got home after attending the Panero Lounge‘s launch evening in Palmertson Road, Southsea, Portsmouth.

Inside the Lounge

Recently, Helen was invited to their sister restaurant, The Cosy Club in Gunwharf Quays which you can read about here.

Nicely decorated

Traffic through Pompey at rush hour was pretty bad as usual, so we were all late bar one, Carlos. Good old Carlos, he saved us a table for the six of us by fighting everyone off – not really – and we didn’t arrive until gone 6.30, a good half hour late.

After greeting one another we popped down to the bar to order drinks. The place was buzzing.

Prosecco & passionfruit Martini. The glass of red behind was for Ron… later on.

The bar tenders all seemed to know their stuff pretty well, shaking the cocktails confidently and pouring them from great heights into glasses. At first I was drinking a nice Malbec but noticed that another bar tender had just poured out several of the same drink which looked rather nice. I asked another what it was and said I’d have one too please. It happened to be a Prosecco & passionfruit Martini. Well. it. was. D-ivine, with a capital D!

Mains and tapas menu

Our servers for the evening were Connor and Emily. Again, they were very friendly and confident, they knew what the dishes were and weren’t shy whatsoever, so a big thank you to them for looking after us.

Brunch and sandwiches

Once we were all seated and each had a drink in front of us we said ‘bring on the grub’. Well, a little more politely than that, of course, we are English after all – oops, except Carlos.

Salt & pepper squid; 5 spice pulled pork; chicken Gyoza,

We had one vegetarian with us and he ended up with three dishes to himself! Not for long though as we each had a nibble too. The hummus was lovely, smokey to taste and really quite yummy. We were given fresh slices of ciabatta to accompany the tapas.

Beef & pork meatballs; Teryaki chicken; smoked paprika pulled chicken & chorizo – I think.

The butternut squash with goats cheese was a firm favourite, the hummus too.

Roasted butternut squash with goat’s cheese, pomegranate molasses & toasted seeds

We all particularly liked the gyoza’s, both the vegetarian and meat one. They are Japanese dumplings with shiro miso dressing & chilli mayo. Chicken or pea & edamame. Those who had never tried squid before were surprised that they liked it.

Vegetarian tapas L-R: Gyoza; patatas bravas; hummus

Asked if we would like more tapas, we of course said yes. 9 small bowls weren’t really enough for 6 hungry people who had been working all day.

Sundae, Sundae

A little later we spied people eating desserts! I asked Emily about them and she said that we could now order from the menu but we’d have to pay. This was good because if you read Helen’s post on the Cosy Club launch you weren’t able to buy food and 3 small tapas and loads of free drinks didn’t go too well together, plus we were still a little peckish.

Churros with caramel and chocolate sauce

I ordered our desserts and they were all good. The churros came with both a chocolate and caramel sauce to dip them into.

Peter, Geoff and Rebecca all had sundaes, one of each, raspberry & berry compote; sticky toffee pieces & salted caramel; brownie pieces & chocolate sauce.

GF brunch menu; breakfast menu; chocolate & orange torte; hummus

Helen had the sticky toffee pudding and Carlos the chocolate & orange torte.

The ambience was of course, very good – it was free don’t forget, everyone was rather happy – music played in the background and lots of chatter could be heard.

Inside, again like the Cosy Club, is full of pictures upon the walls, lots of parrot ones and portraits all adding colour and making it look ‘busy’. It certainly gave you something to look at if you were bored with the company you were keeping – I wasn’t I must add.

Apart from the tapas menu they also offer burgers – along with a favourite of mine, halloumi burger, yay – fried chicken, steak, chilli, sandwiches etc., They have a kids menu too. There’s loads to chose from.

More than likely we’ll make a return visit soon and have something different than tapas. I’ll keep you posted. Don’t forget that we are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Oh and by the way, if you’re wondering on the name ‘Panero’, it’s ‘a basket used in a bakery to place bread being taken out of the oven’ or ‘a small, round mat’ according to Wiktionary. Not quite sure why that name (they’re not a bakery) and not something to do with Portsmouth but there you go.

Ambience 9 – don’t forget it was free drinks and food
Value 7
Quality 7
Service 9
Return? Yes
Overall 8/10

Living life, loving cake

A x

 

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