I love discovering new restaurants that I am still yet to sit down and have a delicious meal in… I literally buzz inside. Especially when I’m thoroughly analysing the menu and mentally picking out my favourites in my head.
It was only when I was out with my best friend, that I discovered, a special hidden gem in one of the small roads in-between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
The American chain restaurant Planet Hollywood.
Needless to say I was excited to try this place out for the first time, especially considering the last time I was at a Planet Hollywood restaurant, I was a mere 7 years old, (on holiday in Florida, where I obviously didn’t eat anything worthwhile but some chips and nuggets.)
So there we were, walking through the open glass doors of Planet Hollywood and requesting a table for two. Luckily we were just in time, as we arrived a little after 4pm so it wasn’t really busy, but sadly it was too late to have a booth table as they were already reserved.
As we were seated at the table, my eyes wondered to the huge TV screens on either side of us, showcasing music videos and text message alerts, from birthday celebrators inside the restaurant.
Sitting next to us, I had noticed it to be a young couple. They were sharing a plate of nachos.
Surely, if you asked anyone, they would tell you, I love nachos. Melted cheese upon tortilla chips mmm. Oh and of course not forgetting to mention the guacamole, sour cream and salsa sauce. Mind you I’m not all that keen on salsa sauce. (It’s the onions! Bleughhh) Shame, there wasn’t any jalapeños in sight.
So clearly, the starter was sorted.
The waitress was kind and welcoming, and she even helped us out by explaining a few things on the menu. Though surely chips, steak, ribs, and salad are straight forward to understand. But it was nice nonetheless. She had also informed us that the ‘Planet Hollywood’s’ favourite was their rack of ribs.
*ding ding ding!* we have a winner!
So there you have it, a starter of nachos to share (it was a sharing platter, rest assured if it wasn’t made for sharing, individual ones would have been ordered) and a rack of ribs each.
The nachos were so tasty and warm, clearly straight from the oven. I instinctively went for the tortilla chip that was drowning in cheese and shoved it in my mouth the way a fat person eats cake. Soon, nothing was left on the plate but a few onion pickings. Yes, I even smudged my little fingers on the plate and picked at the hardened cheese.
Of course I was looking at the slim lady to my left and watched her slowly eat her salad, which by the way she didn’t even finish! Even her boyfriend had a toasted sandwich which did look good but not as good as the monster amount of meat that appeared on my table.
It was huge, but clearly no challenge for me. jump ahead a few carnivore bites and some bone licking, and there it goes…nothing left on the plate but excess BBQ sauce and a carcass.
I clearly ate like a man and forget to act like a lady when devouring the food. I literally scoffed my face, got down and dirty with my food and let out the odd burp here and there. Thankfully, by being out with Robby, I’m already too comfortable around him to even try and act like a lady.
In fact, he was probably more polite than me, seeing as I’m the one that would slouch back into my seat, take a deep breath and gently rub my 5 month looking food baby.
Aside from the food, and quality service, Planet Hollywood provides enjoyable entertainment for all. At some point during the scoffing of the rack of ribs, the large TVs started playing an episode of Mr Bean – the swimming pool episode (coincidentally filmed at Hayes swimming pool – the same swimming pool I had learnt to swim when I was younger!) The episode made the atmosphere in the restaurant more relaxed and it was a nice break from the food.
Shamefully, dessert wasn’t on the agenda, as we had already planned to go somewhere else. So no more words on that unfortunately.
But on a brighter note, I know I wont wait another 13 years to visit Planet Hollywood!