I’ve never really reviewed a restaurant before, but one of my very favorite Liverpool bloggers, OhBella (go check her out – she’s seriously hilarious and has really great opinions), recently posted about RopeWalks Food and Drink Lounge on Hanover Street in Liverpool. I’ve walked past the place a million times (I mean, it’s across from Home & Bargain, so who in Liverpool hasn’t walked past it a million times?), but I’ve never thought to stop in. When I mentioned this on Bella’s Instagram, RopeWalks Lounge invited me to scope it out myself.
I took my boyfriend Sean along on Tuesday night to check it out. I should start by admitting that we are probably the most annoying couple ever when it comes to dining out — I’m gluten intolerant and he’s vegan. (Yeah, yeah. I know. Like I said, so annoying.) So it’s rare for us to find someplace we can both enjoy, but we had an absolutely lovely evening at RopeWalks Lounge. Despite the fact that I made a complete dodo of myself from the moment we walked through the door (A server came over to ask, “How can I help you?” and I replied, “Oh, it doesn’t really matter,” because I thought she said “Table or booth?” and everyone was very confused), we ended up in a cozy little corner booth that made me feel a bit like I was on vacation (but maybe that’s just because the restaurant is on the ground floor of the Novotel Hotel).
Rather than rolling her eyes at our dietary requirements, our waitress was really sweet about bringing us an allergen menu, and she recommended some dishes that looked amazing. Although there were loads of delicious-sounding dishes on the menu (ham bonbons, sea bass, scouse, pizza, smoked haddock scotch eggs, etc. etc. etc.), I decided I should be both adventurous and classy…so I ordered a burger.
As someone who is gluten-free, I’ve grown accustomed to the necessity of ordering a burger without a bun. (And then receiving a sad and naked lump of meat hanging out next to a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato.) So this is how I ordered my burger – bunless. Instead, to my absolute flipping delight, our waitress offered a gluten free alternative (which is why the burger you see in the next photo is on adorable, little slices of bread instead of the normal brioche bun), and suddenly I felt like cool, normal human person who eats a burger with her hands instead of a knife and fork.
And, you guys, the Raclette Burger was the seriously (and surprisingly!) the best burger I’ve had in a long, long time. I’m not just saying that. It was maybe even the best burger I’ve had since I moved to the UK. (And, yes, I’ve been to Almost Famous. And, yes, I’ve been to Free State Kitchen.) The meat was perfectly spiced and the caramelized onion chutney was delicious, but the best part was the raclette. After bringing my plate to the table, the waiter brought a hot skillet from the kitchen and scraped melty, gooey cheese onto my burger. Seriously – just look at that cheese. (Also, look at Sean’s face. I think even the vegan was jealous of my burger.)
Speaking of vegans, there unfortunately weren’t many vegan options (but plenty for vegetarians), but Sean eventually found one in the chickpea and potato curry. It looked and smelled lovely. (And, I can’t lie, it tasted nice too when I stole a bite off his plate.)
For dessert, I had the Vanilla Bourbon Creme Brulee, and Sean had the mango sorbet.
Overall, Ropewalks Lounge was incredibly cozy, the staff was really helpful (especially our waitress, whose name I wish I’d asked for. She was incredibly sweet, and she had great taste in earrings!), and the food was delicious. I kind of can’t believe that I’d walked past so many times with absolutely no idea that they were hiding the best burger in Liverpool down there!
If you want to check it out, you can find Ropewalks Food and Drink Lounge at 40 Hanover St, Liverpool L1 4LN (below the Novotel), or you can check them out on Instagram.