“ Address: 28 Corporation Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1EJ „
*This review was originally posted on Ciao at the start of March :)*
Toast is a fairly new restaurant which is located in the heart of Blackpool town centre. It combines a bar, cafe and grill restaurant and offers food from various parts of the world including Italian and Thai dishes. Toast claim to use high quality ingredients in their dishes and offer an extensive lunch and dinner menu as well as special offers throughout the week.
~Location and Layout~
28 Corporation Street
Toast is located a short distance from the main shopping area of Blackpool. From the outside, the restaurant looks quite pleasant. There are a few tables outside for dining during warmer weather and as you step inside, you notice that the tables are set across the main floor, a raised level at the window and a balcony area upstairs. Toast isn't the biggest of restaurants and the tables are quite close together so do not expect privacy. There isn't much room to move around so negotiating a wheelchair or pram may prove a little difficult.
The decor inside this restaurant is very stylish and modern. The tables are black and complimented by brown leather chairs. Various wall hangings and large 'dome' lights added a bit of character to the restaurant. The bar was located down the far end of the restaurant and was your typical restaurant type bar with noisy coffee machine. The toilets are the back of the restaurant were spotless and spacious - very modern as well. They do have a disabled toilet but I did not notice a baby changing area. I would say Toast restaurant has a contemporary, business type feel more than a personal, homely feel.
The restaurant is opened from 9.30am - late. WIFI is available. Toast has won several awards including a 'Taste Lancashire' award. Tables can be reserved online.
~Menu and Prices~
Depending on which day or time you choose to dine at Toast, you will be given the appropriate menu. The menu can be viewed on their website so I will simply give a brief run down of dishes and prices here.
Available Monday - Friday until 11am
Options include a Classic Breakfast which is a bit of everything. This is priced at £4.95 and a vegetarian breakfast is 20p cheaper. Toast also offer lighter options including filled baguettes (£2.75) or toast with various toppings (from £1.75).
Available 10am - 5pm
The lunch menu is very extensive and caters for all tastes. There are several 'light bites' available which can be classed as starters. Typical options include Homemade Soup (£3.95), Calamari served with salad (£5.75) and Bruschetta with a tomato type sauce (£4.45).
Brunch is available and includes Toasted Teacake (£1.75), Spanish Omelette (£6.95) and also an All Day Breakfast (£6.45). Toast also offer baked potatoes (from £3.95). There is a range of sandwich, salad and baguettes available from basic one or two fillings to more fancy options including Char Grilled Tuna Steak Salad and a Chicken Club Double Decker Sandwich (priced from £5.95 - £7.95). Wraps with various fillings can also be chosen as a light meal.
The main meals section includes a bit of everything for meat and non meat eaters. There are typical British dishes including Irish Stew, Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Chicken Melt and Mushroom and Stilton Bake. Chicken Korma, Nasi Goreng, Lasagne (meat or meat free) and Fillet of Salmon are also included. The mains are priced from £7.45 - £11.95. Pasta dishes are £6.45 upwards and Toast also offer various burgers for this price. There is the option to sample a steak (8oz Sirloin or Fillet) for upwards of £14.00.
Available from 5pm until closing time.
The evening menu has a 'Chiquitos' type feel to it and offers an extensive range of grills, pizza, burgers, pasta and Mexican food such as fajitas and quesadillas. As you would expect, the evening meals cost quite a bit more than if you were dining during the day. Expect to pay £14.95 for fajitas and over £10 for a burger. They do offer sharing platters in the evening including a Continental Platter which is £16.95 and includes olives, bhajis, garlic ciabatta and various meat sides.
*Sunday and Tapas
The Sunday roast menu is in addition to the regular menu and offers 3 courses for £13.95 (£6.95 for children). It is your typical Sunday menu and offers soup, pate etc. Mains include Mushroom Stroganoff, the roast of the day and fish and chips. Desserts are an Ice Cream Sundae or the dessert of the day.
Toast also offer a Tapas menu which includes lots of mini dishes which you can mix and match. These dishes are priced from £2.45 but from 3pm during the week, you can sample 3 dishes for £10.00. This menu includes Paella dishes, chicken cooked in various sauces, olives and various breads with dipping oils.
*Desserts, Children and Drinks
The desserts menu is amazing and includes jazzed up versions of the normal desserts you would see in most restaurants. Priced at around £4.00 each, it includes Sticky Toffee Pudding, White Chocolate Fudge Cake and Lemon Cheesecake.
Children have their own menu with a choice of pasta, pizza, burgers etc and include ice cream and a drink for £4.45. The drinks menu is extensive and there is plenty to suit all. Wine and champagne is priced from £12.00 to £46.95 (a bottle). Sangria can be chosen by the pitcher (£11.95). Cocktails are available for around £5 and there is a range of soft drinks and hot drinks were are fairly priced from £1.50 upwards.
~Our Dining Experience~
We had planned to visit another restaurant in Blackpool for my birthday but when we checked the website, we found that it would be shut when we wished to dine. I wanted to be prepared before we went so searched for decent restaurants in the town centre area and came across Toast. We dined here last Wednesday.
We arrived at Toast around 12.15pm and found the restaurant very easily. As it was quite chilly, we chose to sit inside at a window seat so our son could watch everything outside. I loved the modern feel of the restaurant as it was quite stylish. There were only a few other diners in the restaurant on arrival but we were seen to straight away. I wouldn't say this restaurant is amazingly family friendly but they did accommodate my toddler fine - I wouldn't take a hoard of children in for food though!
I must admit, I had already browsed the menu at home and chosen what I fancied to eat but ended up changing my mind when it came to ordering! Drinks wise, we were served quickly and my fiance opted for a pint of Pepsi (they don't do Coca Cola here) whilst my son had a diluting juice. I wanted something different so opted for a Mango and Strawberry Smoothie (priced at £3.00) - frozen and delicious! We were given plenty of time to browse the menu before submitting our order. We chose from the Lunch menu for our meal so I can only comment on this menu.
~Food, Yummy Food!~
Unsure of how big the portions would be, both myself and fiance opted for a starter each and our sons meal was brought to the table to cool down along with our starters. I had my eye on the Chicken and Chorizo Skewer (marinated chicken pieces and spicy Spanish sausage with salad and dips - £6.25) but changed my mind and went for the Loaded Potato Skins (cheese and chives served with dips - £4.95). I was very pleased with my choice as the potato skins were full of flavour and filling. The salad was neatly dressed and tasted fresh. My fiance opted for the Mushroom Ciabatta (pan fried mushrooms served on a ciabatta bread - £5.45) and received a hearty portion which he declared delicious.
We had 10 minutes to relax whilst we waited for our main courses to arrive. I had my heart set on Lasagne (which was served with garlic bread and salad - £7.95) but after discovering that beef was the roast of the day (£7.95) I went for that. When my plate arrived, I had regretted ordering a starter - the portion was massive! My plate was filled to the brim with a buttery mound of mash, some baby potatoes (cooked perfectly I may add), lots of carrot batons, 2 huge Yorkie puds and a big mound of sliced beef - oh and don't forget the gravy! My meal was absolutely delicious! The beef melted in the mouth and the gravy was rich and flavoursome. I wasn't disappointed at all but struggled to finish my meal.
My fiance opted for the Chicken Burger (whole chargrilled chicken fillet - £5.95) which was also a hearty portion and tasted delicious. It was served with some salad and mayonaise though he also ordered a seperate bowl of chips. Most restaurants offer chips as a side anyway but they charged us £2.50 for them! They were delicious though - chunky and with a perfect skin and fluffy inside. My son had sausage and chips from the childrens menu and despite there only being a handful of chips, he struggled to finish it all.
My fiance was too full up for a dessert but I couldn't resist. Whilst my son had a lovely bowl of vanilla ice cream (not the cheap stuff mind you), I toyed between the Strawberry and Clotted Cream Flavoured Ice Cream Cake (which came with fresh strawberries) and the Sticky Toffee Pudding. I actually ended up with the Banoffee Pie (pastry case filled with sweet caramel and a layer of bananas, topped with dairy cream and finished with a dusting of cocoa powder - £4.25). To say I was in heaven wouldn't be far from my experience of this delightful dessert. I was presented so beautifully and I had it all to myself! The pastry was fresh, the caramel was sticky and sweet and the bananas added texture and flavour. The cream finished off my dessert perfectly.
We were more than satisfied with our meals at Toast - every dish was presented neatly and cooked to perfection. Service was with a smile and we left filled up and satisfied. I would say the meals are averagely priced and more than worth the money in my eyes. We paid £41 (I paid by debit card and tipped in cash) for 2 starters, 2 main courses, 1 dessert, a childs meal and 3 drinks and I feel this represents excellent value for money.
Overall I can highly recommend Toast. I am going down to Blackpool during the Summer with my sister for an overnight and we will be heading here for dinner or lunch - well maybe even breakfast as well since it caters for all day dining!
Thanks for reading :)