I’m a little bit behind on my restaurant reviews, so I must apologise. I can only imagine those of you holding your breath have died of oxygen starvation…
But next on my travels round the eateries of Dundee is New Zealand restaurant, The Bach (pronounced Batch, which you should know to avoid any embarrassing social faux-pas in the company of Kiwis) in Exchange Court, Dundee.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants – The Bach: The Venue
The first thing to note about The Bach is the venue itself, situated as it is on the top floor of an old flour mill.
As far as I can see, there’s no obvious disabled access and a quick google search comes up with a line on their Facebook page confirming that.
Unless they’ve installed a lift since they wrote that, it means that the only way in is to climb the steep flight of stairs to the entrance shown in the picture. That not only precludes those who require disabled access, but also anyone with trouble climbing stairs.
Put simply, unless you’re fit, you’re not getting into The Bach.
Once you get in, it’s a nice enough looking venue with a purposefully minimalist style. The seating was comfortable but the lighting at the table we were sat at left a lot to be desired.
At one side I sat under a bright spotlight, while at the other, Mhairi was almost in complete darkness. I felt as though I was being interrogated.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants – The Bach: The Food
We came for brunch on a Sunday, so the menu was different to what you would expect during the week or if you’re coming for lunch or tea.
Having said that, there was still a decent amount of choice, and though they didn’t have what I had specifically come for – The Mexican Breakfast Burrito – I was pleasantly surprised by their off-menu alternative of mince on toast covered in a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce.
I say pleasantly surprised because it’s nice to have the choice of eating something a little bit different.
The dish itself was reasonable enough, but I think they added extra pepper and a hint of chilli to the point where the intended flavours were overpowered.
Mhairi meanwhile went for Gingerbread Waffles with Strawberries and Maple Syrup. She thought they were great, and having convinced her to let me try a bit I can confirm that was the case.
I think I’d rather have had that than what I ordered.
As a takeaway treat, we each bought a brownie to go.
Now I’m a fair man and believe in only giving honest feedback, otherwise the reviews lose their merit, so I apologise to the chef in case he reads this when I say…
We both agreed that what we got was possibly the worst brownie we’d ever tasted.
Honestly folks, it was just grim. A dry, crumbly husk with dark chocolate chunks that made it bitter.
A brownie should be soft and chewy, perhaps even gooey. This was the opposite.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants – The Bach: The Drink
Fresh Orange juices for us both, and thankfully it wasn’t from concentrate.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants – The Bach: The Vegetarian’s Viewpoint
Almost everything on the menu with only a few exceptions was suitable for vegetarians and there were also plenty of items for vegans too.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants – The Bach: The Price
All in, it cost £25.50. That’s almost double the price of brunch at the superior Tonic and is more expensive than the vast majority of the places I’ve reviewed.
Let’s be honest, this wasn’t great value.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants – The Bach: Final Thoughts
The only major success story from The Bach was the gingerbread waffles. My food was interesting in theory but not particularly tasty, and brownies were awful. When you add that to potential issues with access, the relative lack of value for money and the discomfort of sitting under a bright light as if I was being interrogated, I just can’t recommend The Bach.