|Classic upstairs, swish downstairs|
Eleos is a world away from Ten - and a couple of decades in design. But, as those who read this blog will know, I enjoy an establishment with rustic charm - and Eleos has bags of it, with timber beams dominating the restaurant. Add this to a busy Saturday evening and you have a cosy place with a very homely atmosphere.
Our designated waiter was very nice - quick witted and polite, just what we needed. We were served drinks quite quickly, but that - unfortunately - is where the quick service ended. After initial contact and the drinks service, the first half hour of my evening saw me distracted from the table, straining my neck to pin the waiter down to take our food order.
At least this gave us plenty of time to gauge the menu, which had a heavy Mediterranean feel. One memorable staple of Eleos are the espetadas, traditional Portuguese grilled meat kebabs, served on the skewer. When the waiter eventually returned, a chicken espetada was what I ordered, along with spicy chicken wings to start.
Unfortunately we had over an hour wait for the starters to arrive - a pattern was emerging - which took a little from the flow of the evening. However a bowl of complimentary olives and bread kept things sweet enough. It gave us ample opportunity to chat and drink wine (a bottle of Norte Chico was very pleasant for red wine drinkers at around £15 a bottle).
|Minimal garnish, maximum taste|
The wings arrived first and they were very satisfying - half because I was starving, half because they were very tasty. Spicier than I was expecting, but this isn't a bad thing. The portion size was decent too and there was plenty of meat on the bones.
The main course eventually turned up and was served in traditional Eleos style, hanging by the skewer. It was accompanied by a small steel bucket of warm, plump saute potatoes which were freshly cooked, but I was disappointed with the lack of vegetables. I now know you were to order these separately, but most meals feel incomplete without a carrot or two. I'd prefer to pay an extra quid or so for the meal and have them come as standard.
Still, this didn't take anything away from the great taste and quality of my chicken skewer, which was moist and well marinaded. A nice combination of sour cream, balsamic reduction and a kind of chili ketchup on the plate below made for tasty dipping. All in all a satisfying meal, despite the wait.
|The food was hanging (literally, not Swansea slang)|
Price-wise you aren't looking at a 'cheap' night out, but it's not too bad for the quality. I paid about £26 for the wings, espetadas and half a bottle of wine.
After five hours of eating and drinking the night ended when we ordered a taxi. The taxi took over an hour to come - no fault of the restaurant there, but quite a fitting end to an overall satisfying evening!