From the people that brought The Purple Pig, The Dough Box and Lost Property to Teesside, Oi Polloi is a brand new addition to Yarm’s High Street. Quoted as the ‘love child’ of the restaurants before it, we were invited to check it out.
Here’s what I thought of Oi Polloi, Yarm…
Upon arrival, the restaurant has quite a simple design with wooden tables and canteen style chairs. You get a bit of a laid-back, informal feel which complements the menu. I loved some of the artwork on the walls including the neon ‘find what you love and let it kill you’ artwork and the Stormtrooper print.
With the restaurant being advertised as a burger & cocktails place I decided to stick to these when ordering. I think you’ve always got to go for the signatures. The first cocktail I had was the Meatjito; their take on the classic mojito and one of the best I’ve had in a while.
For the food, between me and my friend, we ordered the following (don’t judge – it was a lot). I went for the Ye Ol’ Purple Pig Burger comprising of 2x 4oz burger patty’s, melted jack cheese, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, onion ring, baconnaise, lettuce with a pig in blanket garnish. I swapped my chips over for sweet potato fries and ordered a side of onion rings, too. My friend went for the Bacon Deuce Burger comprising of 2x 4oz burger patty’s, melted jack cheese, crispy cured bacon, BBQ sauce, fries (in the burger), mustard mayo and a candied bacon garnish. She also went for an extra side of mac and cheese.
Both of our burgers were priced at £9 which is reasonable, especially when you think of all the extras they arrived with. You can even upgrade your fries to some of their gourmet versions with toppings including blue cheese and truffle oil and pulled pork and bacon bits for an extra £2. We decided against it as you can see from the photos that we’d ordered enough.
We both agreed that the food was very tasty. I particularly loved the onion rings as the batter they were cooked in was gorgeous!
The one disappointment for me was the lack of choice when it came to dessert. I know they offer milkshakes, both alcoholic (hardshakes) and the usual, which in themselves can be a dessert (I’ll be back to try one or maybe two) but I would still liketo have seen more dessert options. We were only offered an Oreo cheesecake which we wanted to try for the purpose of the review. It was lovely but also could of done with a bit of a garnish whether that be ice cream or cream.
Overall, we both enjoyed our first visit to Oi Polloi. You can definitely feel the influences from some of the previous restaurants the people behind this place have owned. If you were a fan of The Purple Pig, you’ll definitely like this place. The cocktails are good and there’s often specials created that aren’t on the main menu.
Have you tried Oi Polloi yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
For more information about Oi Polloi check out their Facebook page here.