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Gow's Oyster Bar and Restaurant

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by Claire Chambers (subscribe)
Applied Linguistics graduate and freelance writer. Visit my twitter: @heyclairemarie
Published April 20th 2014
Gow's in Liverpool Street is ideally situated to duck into after a hard day in the office. As you approach Liverpool Street station, its sleek exterior invites you to enter.

As soon as we stepped inside the bar, we were directed to the restaurant downstairs. Admittedly we realised after we entered that the restaurant was not for us. It was extremely pricey and fish based, which was not what we were looking for. After making our polite excuses, we maneuvered ourselves back upstairs to the bar.

The bar has a selection of light snacks. I chose the calimari and garlic dip to accompany a bottle of Chilean wine. Watch out when you are ordering, as the waitress tried to tell us we could only order the more expensive wines (but couldn't tell us the reason why). We stuck to our guns and ordered what we wanted.

The clientele in the bar is mainly the commuter crowd, relaxing after a long week. Therefore it was incredibly busy when we were there and I found myself pressed up against someone else whilst enjoying my snack. At least it is testament to the bar's popularity.

The wine was delectable, very tangy and highly recommended. It complimented the calimari excellently. The calimari itself was tasty and soft, without being too chewy. All in all, it was a satisfying snack, without being too filling. My companions had chips, the taste experience wasn't exactly out of this world but they were enjoyable.

If you come to Gow's, be prepared that the staff will try to rip you off and direct you to the higher priced drinks and nibbles. If you stand your ground and choose carefully what you would like, then you should end up having quite a pleasant experience.
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Why? To relax after a long day
Phone: 02079209645
Where: 81 Broad Street, London, EC2M 1PR
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