Steve and I wanted to stay local on this Friday evening and I think we have tried pretty much most places close by. Except for The Deck. It's always empty when we walk past which makes us wary but we decided to give it a go. The welcome was friendly and there was only one other table. The waiter did tell us we'd just missed the pre theatre rush though so maybe it does get busy.
I chose the duck and citrus salad which was supposed to have hints of coriander and chilli so I guess I was expecting Asian style but it wasn't quite like that. More Mediterranean, still enjoyable. Shredded duck leg with some bitter leaves and a citrus vinaigrette - simple clean flavours.
Steve had the salami plate which was very generous. The wooden plate was groaning with salami and prosciutto and it came with some toasted ciabatta. Good produce.
We were both torn between the lamb rump and the steak so we ordered both with the intention of sharing; swapping plates halfway through. We also shared some buttered potatoes.
The lamb was tasty and I liked the accompanying giant tabbouleh pearls which were like pasta. I think I'd have liked it if the tomatoes were cooked down a little. The steak was done really well and apparently the mushrooms tasted good but I don't know because by the time I got to eat my half there were none left! I guess that's proof that it's good!
It's a shame The Deck is somewhat tucked away as it deserves more clientele. Produce is good, cooking technique is good and service is strong. It made for an enjoyable Friday night.