Interesting name for an Irish pub as Somerset Maugham was English and wrote a novel of the same name.
For those who are inclined toward literature the novel is loosely based on Paul Gauguin the painter. The message is if you look on the ground in search of a sixpence, you don't look up, and so miss the moon.
Enough of literature
The pub is on the first floor of the Hablis hotel. Walking up the stairs one is transported to visions of the late 1800s/earl 1900s with posters on all sides.
The interiors are reasonably bright with a DJ playing mostly pre 2000 hits. The selection was nice but I expected to hear some Irish singers too - Bono or Enya or Sinead O’Connor.
The setting is cheerful with the waiters polite and attentive. The tables are set well apart.
The Kingfisher and British Empire - yes there is a British Empire were served chilled. The starters came and went - onion rings, mezze platter, spicy cottage cheese and some chicken, lamb and prawn.
I can vouch for the vegetarian food with falafel and spicy cottage cheese standing out. I’ve never enjoyed short eats so much as I have here. The thin crust margarita pizza was delicious too.
The conversation was easy, beer cold, service efficient, service crew friendly, fantastic food and very good ambience.
Parking is not a problem as the restaurant is in the Hablis hotel and valet parking is available.
The Indian drinks and food were reasonably priced - I didn’t look at the non-Indian options so cannot comment. Therefore the title
I owe thanks to three gentlemen - Giftson, Navin and Arun for a truly memorable Friday with the lads.
Thank you. You’re the best.
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