Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Liverpool's Baltic Market

I have to admit that when it comes to Liverpool, I'm pretty lazy. I stick to what I know, what I like and, for the most part, the middle of town because I never think about walking further out if I can avoid it. Though I have visited the infamous Baltic Market before, it's usually been in the day with my brother who works in Liverpool, rather than with my friends. A few weeks ago, though, we were in Liverpool anyway and trying to find a food place that we all agreed on; cue the ridiculous amount of choice that The Baltic Market has to offer. We found ourselves there and ready to eat pretty much anything we could lay our hands on, and I definitely wasn't disappointed.


Vendors within the market do change pretty regularly, but when we went our offerings were from Chop! Chop!, Lunya, Pattersons, Hafla Hafla, Little Furnace, Caribou Poutine, Bacaro and Fritto, most of which already have huge followings within the city. Now, I will say, we weren't very adventurous in picking our food; but we'd been to Pattersons to do our original review two days earlier and it'd been playing on our minds since, so me and Josh opted for some of their Chicken Strippers (£4.95). Dan, who originally raved about Pattersons so much that we went, came with us and also recommended Caribou Poutine which I hadn't been to since the branch opened in the city centre and so we also opted for Original Poutine with meat gravy and fried onions (£5).


The chicken here was every bit as good as the chicken we had in the bigger restaurant a few days earlier, and we scoffed that down really quickly - I have to say though, that it was the poutine that was the star of the show for me. Melty, squeaky cheese with thick, herby gravy on soggy fries with more crispy onions than it should ever be okay to eat? Definitely count me in for that again. This is the type of meal that you think about and crave for days after, and even writing this now I'm wondering when I can next fit time in to go and grab another portion. We shared the chicken and poutine and it was more than enough food, and so for £9.95 we had a whole meal between us. The bar is a little more expensive than I'd like, but I feel like it evens out somewhere around moderate however you look at it.


I'm also a sucker for dessert and so when I saw that they had The Midnight Delivery, I was more than willing to try some desserts. Josh and I are the kind of couple that like to get two things we really want and then split them because we're both so indecisive and so we ended up with Hot Kinder Cookie Dough (£6.50) and Salted Caramel Filled Churros with milk and white chocolate drizzle. (£7.50). Did we spent more on our desserts than we did on our main meal? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Absolutely. The Kinder Cookie Dough was a little too sweet for me, but was definitely Josh's favourite of the two desserts, and we all agreed that the Churros with it's cinnamon outside and sweet, rich inside were a general, overall winner. I'm actually really sad that I'm not in the Uber area for The Midnight Delivery, but it definitely is probably a good thing for my bank balance.

Overall I really love the atmosphere of The Baltic Market, and I think it's really nice to have a place essentially on your doorstep that you could create a different meal within every single time that you went (within reason). If you've ever been to The Baltic Market, I'd love to know what you'd recommend for next time!

Sammy xo.

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