The Funny Onion, Bridlington: Fresh food, funky vibe

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Funky, fresh, friendly ... The Funny Onion grill and steakhouse in Bridlington is all of these – and the food ain’t bad either.

As with the phrase from which it takes its name, The Funny Onion is designed to be a bit different to the norm. Outside, the building, a former pub, is unremarkable, but inside the trendy artwork and design touches give it a strong and unique identity, certainly in a town where tradition – fish ‘n’ chips and otherwise – rules.

Its name emblazoned on pens, mugs, walls, everything else, the venue has a trendy, youthful swagger, with church pews for seats here, witty posters and prints there.

There is a members’ club and themed nights, and it has its finger on the Facebook and Twitter pulse, with the website easy to navigate and comprehensive.

On the evening we went it was rock ‘n’ roll night, although the C’mon Everybody that boomed out wasn’t heeded until a bit later, when the place started to fill up.

The menu offered a dazzling array of choices, with an emphasis on burgers, steaks and pies. It proclaims that everything is homemade and fresh, and is locally sourced.

For starters, we went for haddock goujons, Camembert sticks and a shared platter of nachos. The breadcrumbed goujons came with tartare sauce but would have benefited from a garnish, though the cheese strips oozed with hot, tasty filling, and the platter delivered a Tex Mex salsa and chilli kick.

Impressive on the menu was the number and variety of “mini meals” – half-sized portions for children or those wanting a lighter meal, ranging from cheese toastie to mini steak.

My son’s southern fried chicken, from that menu, consisted of chunky strips of chicken breast with Kentucky style coating, and, even at half size, was an ample portion.

I chose one of the Onion’s specialities, a large, square pie – this one filled with chicken and stuffing. It was filling and tasty, but I’d have preferred more gravy inside the pie, or accompanying the carrots, broccoli, roasted spuds and cauliflower – thankfully a welcoming beer solved the dish’s dryness.

Our other mains choices were chicken Caesar salad and steak ciabatta. The latter’s minute-steak was well cooked and came with sweet caramelised peppers and onions, served with a choice of chunky chips, seasoned fries or jacket potato. There’s a decent selection of desserts – Pina Colada cheesecake and Caramac (remember those?!) Fudge Cake sounded particularly tempting, but we somehow declined them all.

Mention must be made of the service – which at all times was impeccable, with knowledge, friendliness and attention to detail in abundance.

Being “passionate about local food” and with everything homemade, the restaurant admits it’s not the cheapest around, and our bill for four people, with drinks, came to just under £60.

A bit pricey, maybe, but for a dining experience that’s a little bit different, with an action-packed menu, it’s worth a try.

RATINGS

Food 8

Menu Choice 7

Service 9

Decor 7

Ambience 7

OVERALL 7