I had a brilliant weekend - both Pascal and Arabella were in London, my brother came to stay, and it was Mother's Day! I received the new Fay Ripley cookbook and cannot wait to cook up her amazing new recipes.
On Saturday Pascal, Arabella and I went bowling together - omg, it was so much fun. I had been to All Star Lanes when it first opened in 2006 and while I had fun bowling, the food wasn't great - however I think it was just teething problems.
I booked this a week in advance and not surprisingly the place was pretty booked up but we managed to organise a a 40 minute slot and then lunch in the restaurant. I was super excited especially when I checked out the menu online - my idea of Heaven (menu) - all totally American!! Last time Arabella and I had been bowling was at Guildford Leisure Centre and then lunch at MacDonald's so this was definitely a step up in the right direction.
There are 5 All Star Lane Venues - and I am sure there will be more and more to come as it is a great concept - bowling, good food and cocktails all in one place.
As we bowled in one of the 6 lanes, we were offered cocktails and snacks from their vast drinks list - I had a mojito and it definitely helped as I then won the bowling!!! (Pascal blamed it on the fact he hadn't bowled in 24 years…I just think I am a champion bowler especially when you have the barriers up)!!
We were all then very ready for lunch - the restaurant was pretty noisy as there were a few kids' parties going on - it is definitely a good place to come if you are a big group.
I was so so torn over the menu - I wanted the pulled pork sandwich, the burger with blue cheese, the popcorn squid, buffalo wings, quesadilla, mac and cheese and a hot dog!! Unfortunately even I couldn't fit that all in, in one go!!
We didn't have starters and instead just got more mains. Arabella my pasta piglet went for mac and cheese. They do a great kid's deal - £15 for a game of bowling, a main course, side, drink and then either a milkshake or pudding.
Her mac and cheese was a little creamy but cheesy and delicious and a good size portion - she polished the lot off. I made her order the coleslaw as I wanted it but it had been in a very cold fridge so was too cold to eat - shame as it had a good flavour.
Pascal went for a burger with cheese, bacon and onions. I had a bit of food envy!!
Pascal said it was a very good burger but a bit too packed - he would leave out the onions next time as there were too many and they were too sweet. I had some on my cheese hot dog and felt the same way.
I loved the hot dog - it was delicious with the cheese and Frenchies mustard - the bun was also so soft. I would definitely have it again….maybe with double cheese though!!
To round the meal off we also had a mac and cheese with bacon.
It was cooked in true American style - loads of cheese…and creamy too like Arabella's. Pascal found it a bit too much but I ate every last mouthful.
We were all too full for pudding but we will definitely be back for more another time as it was so much fun plus Pascal is very keen for a rematch!! This is a brilliant place for adults and kids alike.
All Star Lanes
6 Porchester Gardens
Tel: 020 7313 8363