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Annabel Lee's Tavern Fleet Street


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Annabel Lee's Tavern Fleet Street

hammocc | | Feb 16, 2008 07:07 AM

This place is a must try! The atmosphere is cozy. Beer selection is good for Belgian styles including, of course, Brewer's Art beer. Though sold out of the green peppercorn triple, there is a Saison in its place. Chef Simons does some fun and unique things with his menu and the food is very reasonably priced. They offer some non-traditional bar foods as well as a selection of small plates but don't let the title of that area of the menu fool you- nothing really small about them. These are not tapas style by any means nor are they suppose to be. We tried the "tortillas" a special of the evening which were seasoned corn tortilla chips served with refried black beans and a habenero guacomole. The guac had kick but was well balanced and didn't blow your head off.
The small plate/entrees we had were the orange roughy fish tacos which were mild and flaky. The seasonings and the lettuce inside added a slighlt sweetness. The tacos were well portioned, not over flowing. It was accompanied by rice infused with beans and sausage. My husband had the lamb sliders. Sliders were juicy and quite tasty but the very unique blue cheese cole slaw is crazy good when paired with the slightly spicy brown sugar coated sweet potato fries. If I recall correctly most small plates were less than $12.

Service also- fantastic! Beware- this is a true tavern style dining experience. Though with the smoking ban in place you can't even tell you are in a bar. It is great. Majority of the seating is at the very large bar. There are only a handful of tables (~5-6) and most accomodate parties of 2. This is not exactly a place for big dinner parties.