"I cook for fun" is Lee Tiernan's attitude towards food and it basically sums up what his restaurant is all about.
There's three things that makes Black Axe Mangal popular and successful.
- A killer soundtrack consisting the likes of Rage Against The Machine and Queens Of The Stone Age.
- Electric vibe.
- Quality Food.
Oh and there is absolutely no way you can't not but be impressed seeing a big bad ass wood fire oven plastered with the members of Kiss taking centre stage in the small open kitchen.
This place is all about getting stuck in and not giving a fuck. Everyone is so chilled out and even though its a tight space, its not even awkward rubbing shoulders with the person next to you. Luckily for me, I was sitting next to Lee himself.
When it comes to the food, there are no set rules and that's the kind of thing I love. It's dirt cheap, small and each dish carries it's own individuality and character. It bloody goes down well with an ice cold can of beer too. You could easily tackle the menu in a group but if you're a dude with a big appetite, knock yourself out and go for every dish.
|White Sprouting Broccoli & Fermented Shrimp Butter|
|Lamb Offal Flatbread|
|Pig's Head, Scallop & Chilli|
|Buttermilk Fried Quail & Mission Spice|
There are two particular dishes that stuck out for me, the quail and the lamb offal flat bread. The quail is coated in a Szechuan pepper and cumin spice mix. Its gives out the most strange tingly, numbing sensation on the tongue and even though you think its too much, you keep going back for more and more. Tasty stuff!.
As for the lamb offal, ok it doesn't sound the most appetising but this is the dish that everyone recommends and trust me you will never look at offal in the same way again. Be brave and try it.
Black Axe Mangal is a mischievous little joint that everyone should check out. Rocking out to tasty food never felt so good.