Saturday, 3 November 2012


I had read about 777 from another food blog and was interested in trying it out after perusing their menu online. The only bummer is that they don't take reservations for tables less than 6 peeps, meaning that if you want to dine there on the weekend, it means turning up early and putting your name down. We arrived around 6:30pm on a Saturday evening and were told that a table won't be available until an hour later! Since we had already made the trek into town, we went for a drink in a pub nearby to kill time. To be fair, our table was ready before the allotted time which was a plus :)

777 (pronounced as "triple 7" by the way) describes itself as a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar and is owned by the same peeps behind Dillingers and The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh. The entrance of the resto is pretty non-descript, as though they are aspiring for a "speakeasy" feel. The interior of the resto is dominated by a large bar area with high stool seating, which is then surrounded by several tables. It definitely looks like whoever designed it had Russell Norman's restos in mind at the time....

Whilst the menu definitely looked tempting, the dishes we chose did not quite hit the mark on most occasions. On the plus side, our waitress was excellent service personified. I'm glad we got the opportunity to eat at 777 but compared to the likes of Polpo and Spuntino in the big smoke, it still has a long way to go in terms of the quality of their food.
Roasted bone marrow with toasted bread - one of my fav things to eat but this portion was actually over-generous (not always a good thing as bone marrow is pretty rich) and some of the bones were under-roasted.

Yellow fin tuna sashimi tostados - best starter of the night

Carnitas taquitos - a little bit on the fatty side for us

My main of costillas (pork ribs) - generous portion but I prefer my ribs to be thinner with more bones. These ribs were just large chunks of meat and too dry. Side of papas bravas were disappointingly unspicy.

JD chose a special of skirt steak and spuds - he chose well :)

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