I know that it’s rude and probably a little creepy to eavesdrop on people, but sometimes I just cannot help myself. Recently, during a visit to the Banter Room, I found myself sitting next to two British
blokes gentleman. In spite of my best efforts, I couldn’t help but listen in on them, and not just because they sounded just like Colin Firth, but also because they were asking the waitress for recommendations on the sandwiches. After hearing her response, I went with the Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup (even though neither of my neighbours got that dish). I also got their Mac & Cheese Skillet with Shortribs.
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup ($13):
I loved the sandwich: the bread was perfectly toasted and very buttery, with a nice crispy exterior and a soft interior. It was stuffed full of cheese, which was rich and creamy without being too strong or sharp. It was very rich and I think that some people might actually find it to be a bit too heavy; I however, really enjoyed it. I’m not a big fan of tomato soup, and I found this version to be just fine. It was smooth and thick enough, and had a nice tangy flavour. I do wish that they could have had a wider serving bowl to make it easier to dunk the sandwich in.
Mac & Cheese Skillet ($15 + $6):
You can have this with pulled chicken (for $4) or shortribs ($6); I added the latter. The noodles were perfectly cooked, and were tender while still retaining a good chewy texture. I personally found the cheese sauce to be a bit on the thin side however, and did not coat the noodles well. The dish was also a bit on the bland side. The shortribs were very tender and juicy, but also a bit underseasoned. I also found the price to be a bit high since the portion was not very big.
My visit to the Banter Room has been both and bad. While I did very much enjoy Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, I did find their Mac & Cheese to be a bit too pricey. The service could also be improved: while everything was quite efficient, I did find the staff to be a bit cold and not very welcoming. All in all, this isn’t a place that I’d want to return to, but it’s not a bad joint either.