Food and Drink August 9, 2010
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Same-Same But Different
Location: 7a Princes Buildings, Bartlett Street, Bath, BA1 2ED [map]
Phone: 0845 201 2402
Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm; Fri 8am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Same-Same But Different, a lovely glass-fronted café and restaurant just off George Street, is the p e rfect place to meet with friends and enjoy bruschettas, sandwiches and risottos at lunchtime, or tuck into a hearty breakfast or delicious dinner. This is the sort of place you could stay all day – whiling away the hours drinking Fairtrade coffee and reading the Sunday papers, feeling good in the knowledge that you’re supporting a local independent eatery.

We visited for dinner and found the place transformed from the ambience of a daytime café into a welcoming restaurant and bar – with a menu to match. The walls are a deep aubergine, and candles and soft music added to the wonderfully romantic atmosphere. The evening menu was listed on a huge blackboard, assuring us that all the options were fresh and change regularly. Everything is made on site using the chef’s favourite recipes. We chose a selection of tapas to start: succulent meatballs, crispy cod croquettes, sautéed garlic mushrooms and traditional Spanish tortilla – all were full of flavour and cooked to perfection. A devout vegetarian, I opted for the golden macaroni cheese with portabello mushrooms and hazelnut pesto (£8.50), while my partner went for the grilled pork chop with roast apple mash, brought to life by a cider and mustard sauce (£9). Both were packed with flavour and utterly delicious. Pudding did not disappoint either; I had the divine apple and raisin crumble with homemade ice cream, and when we asked where we could buy the apples, we were told that they came from the owner’s mother’s garden. My partner’s warm parsnip cake with spiced mascarpone was wonderfully unusual and ended the meal perfectly.

An excellent café by day and exquisite restaurant in the evening, Same-Same serves nothing but top-quality cuisine, and at reasonable prices too – in the evening main meals are around £9, tapas and puddings are £4 to £5 each, and quality wine is from just £3.60 per glass and £13.95 a bottle. As the name suggests, this place really does offer something delightfully different.

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