Lunch review: The Vincent Café and Cocktail Bar
Exchange Flags, Liverpool
Review by Liam Deveney
Enjoying a prime location amongst the commercial office space in Exchange Flags, The Vincent Café and Cocktail Bar offers al fresco dining in the shadows of Liverpool Town Hall.
With the city basking in a mini heatwave as temperatures nudged 30 degrees, your reviewer and dining companion welcomed the opportunity to sample the express lunch menu whilst enjoying the sunshine.
Opened in June 2015 offering a menu of both British and international dishes including ‘Gringo Sushi’ – a meat alternative to fish, Vincent promises to deliver “delicious fresh food in great surroundings”.
It’s immediately obvious that impeccable service is part of the café’s DNA: our waitress, the manager and even the head chef welcomed us as we settled at a table under cover to the front of the building.
We chose to share cauliflower beignets with curried mayonnaise (£3.50) as a starter and, despite having reservations of cauliflower as a delicacy, it was the second-best decision made that day and comes highly recommended.
The express lunch menu offers two courses for £8, including a freshly made soup followed by either a sandwich, pasta or salad.
I opted for soup (tomato, delicious) and salad with my plus one choosing soup and a sandwich.
Despite the extremely high temperatures which were fast approaching 1976 levels, the soup made an excellent choice for lunch. It was rich, creamy and clearly fresh, and the salad which followed was light, beautifully presented and dressed in a delicious nicoise sauce.
My plus one opted for the chilli beef sandwich with rocket salad and Mexican sauce plus nacho sides, and was suitably impressed with both the taste and portion size.
Aside from the express menu diners can also choose from a wide range of dishes including vegetarian options, with many of our fellow diners spotted enjoying the sushi for which the eatery is renowned.
A quick test of the WiFi speed between courses raised no issues, with mail received and sent with ease. There is also a meeting area available for hire which can seat up to 16 for a working business lunch and includes a 60” TV which can be used for presentations.
We both enjoyed a cappuccino (£2.90) before making our dessert selections. My plus one plumped for the cheeseboard (£9.50) and described it as the “best one I’ve ever had,” while I opted for the vanilla cheesecake (£7), which was also a wise choice.
It’s worth a visit alone just to sample this stunning dessert which comes with small chunks of rhubarb on top and was the perfect end to a memorable culinary experience.
The Vincent Café and Cocktail Bar is perfectly located to service the business community but it gets it right, too. Your reviewer’s recommendation could not be any higher.