When our friends at the Dancing Moose in Ashley Cross invited us along to try out the lunch menu, we rallied the troops and excitedly headed over. The Moose family encompass some of our favourite local haunts, with the atmosphere being laid back and yet buzzing, you can easily while away many an hour with your friends and family.
With so many delicious options on offer, for once there was no fighting over who had what! As my dedicated following (mostly my family) are aware I am slightly cheese obsessed, so naturally felt myself drawn to the Mac n Cheese. Normally not one to mess with such a renowned dish, for the sake of exploration I nervously added BBQ pulled mushrooms. Concerned what this would do to the crispy top I waited in anticipation, and was not disappointed! The mushrooms added a whole new dynamic to the dish; baked in with the pasta and topped with a golden crust it was a delicious and unique take on a classic.
Gary, our king of burgers, of course dutifully ordered the Dancing Moose Burger, purely for research purposes of course. Presented with a beef patty topped with streaky bacon, Red Leicester, iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and of course the dancing burger sauce it held its own against the competitors, cooked perfectly it was described as a taste revelation! The gourmet dogs live up to their name, when the Denver Dog was presented to us our jaws dropped at the size of it, 150g of 100% pork frankfurter topped with ketchup, mustard, hot dog relish and crispy bacon, not one to turn from a challenge Josh made quick work of it, declaring the crispy bacon really made the dish adding a salty kick. There was also a Southern-Fried Chicken Burger, chicken marinated in buttermilk with garlic mayo and all the trimmings, the coating was crispy with an added kick of spice and the chicken was moist and tender.
Despite the fact the belts had already been loosened a notch we took a moment to peruse the dessert menu and decided it looked too good to miss. Among the orders was a Sticky Toffee pudding served with clotted cream ice-cream and toffee sauce and S’more Cheesecake, but the star of the desserts had to be the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie. The brownie was soft and gooey, served with a peanut brittle to give a mix of textures, and the peanut butter cream added that nutty creaminess needed to balance out the rich chocolate.
If you are looking for good food in a fun and vibrant environment then this is the place for you!
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a. 28-30 Station Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 8UB