Bedlam, yes, that is the name of the restaurant, and no, it was not at all bedlam!, Located on Castle Market street, it was a nice little surprise!
We happened to pass the new cafe bar restaurant after taking a leisurely stroll into the city on Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t raining, so we made the most of it, and took a stroll. Looking for somewhere for coffee we passed by Bedlam, everyone was sitting out side al fresco, and dammit, it just made me want to stop and sit, and just be a part of this gorgeous scene.
Inside is beautifully decorated, its really eclectic, the kitsch wallpaper is teamed with stripy chairs, mis-matched rugs and accessories creating this uber chic, uber trendy arty eatery. Its relaxed mellow vibe drew me in, I just HAD to eat here!
We decided to eat outside so that I could indulge my second habit, people watching, the location is perfect for a spot of gawking, and low and behold I was NOT disappointed because dining just a few tables away was non other than Brian Kennedy! Brian who? you say, well, go and ask your Mum and she will fill you in. I didn’t manage to get a picture with Brian, but I did go over and interrupt his dinner just to shake his hand, and in fairness to him, he was really nice about it. Am I fan? no, but he is supposed to be famous, and I..well.. I am an extreme saddo. :-)
Anyway… enough about Brian Kennedy, back to my meal, the menu at Bedlam has a “Mediterranean meets New York’ twist. I ordered gorgeous tiger prawns in garlic, chilli and lime with an avocado salsa and a side order of stringy fries. The prawns I loved, however, the fires were a little disappointing, they looked full of promise, but it lacked the essential crispiness synonymous with fries! Dave had spicy chicken wings which also got the thumbs up. In the evenings, they have a full bar, cocktails are on the menu and the location cannot be beat, afterwards you are a stones throw from anywhere worth going.
So…if you want to do a spot of celebrity spotting whilst munching on garlic prawns take yourself down to Bedlam on Castle Market Street!
(Photography by David McClelland)