I always love it when I get invited to try out restaurants that are right in the centre of my stomping ground, and so when Ameriesko got in touch with Katy and asked us both to nip in to see what they had to offer - I stopped mourning the old Central Perk that used to stand on their spot and instead got ready to put them through their paces. So, a few weeks ago Katy and I set off to Liverpool's Bold Street for waffles, snooping and more - and it's safe to say that we weren't disappointed. Central Perk had become a Liverpool staple, and so filling the boots was no mean feat and yet Ameriesko seem to have taken no time at all in stepping up to the plate.
Gone is the bottle green front window and the heavy, dark decor and in it's place there's new fresh, clear glass and brilliantly spaced tables. Gone is the permanent playing of Friends over music, and in it's place is a muted Fresh Prince Of Belair adding a very different theme to the whole place. Still firmly in place though, is this nostalgia for the 90's/early 00's America that people of our generation grew up with and, alongside it, the programmes that have become cult now; the walls are littered with all kinds of merchandise, from the Simpsons and Ted to Breaking Bad and Family Guy - it's a treasure trove of TV and Movie merch.
There's something so friendly about Ameriesko that it's impossible not to be won over by it; it's like settling down in your childhood kitchen, kicking back with Will Smith and being served by old friends. Okay, maybe that's a bit too much, but the staff are amongst the nicest I've ever come across - they were willing to swap bits on the menu for us, try things out and we had a chat and a joke with both members of staff on shift that day. Good staff are the most important assets to a restaurant or cafe and so this was a huge tick in our book - we had a chat with the manager Connor and everything about the staff is professional and charming and yet laid back; the perfect balance.
Katy doesn't like milkshake but was keen to try an ice cream shake, and the staff were all too happy to make it without milk for her (she hated it so we swapped, but I have to say it was pretty good, if not my usual thing), and I ordered a coke. We also ordered one set of pancakes with butterscotch sauce and chocolate chips and one set of waffles with white chocolate chips and strawberries. The idea was to try a bit of each others, but in the end we each demolished our own and I can attest that they were amazing - really fluffy and delicious.
Ameriesko has it all - a charming atmosphere, great staff and amazing food and, in fact, we liked it so much that we actually secured their downstairs private function room for North West Meet. Ameriesko is a brilliant new addition to Liverpool's city centre, and I can't wait to see it grow and expand (as it undoubtedly will).
This meal and included drinks were provided by Mojo Liverpool in return for the consideration of a review - This has no influenced my opinion in any way and all opinions are my own. Honestly, try the Butterscotch milkshake. Read my disclaimer for more.
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