Dining Out: Wise Guys, Bridlington

Wise Guys, Bridlington.
Wise Guys, Bridlington.

If you can forgive the overshadowing scaffolding of the dilapidated eyesore next door, then you’re in for a treat next time you visit Wise Guys.

Formerly Twenty Pizzeria and Café (and before that Macey’s Café Bar), the establishment’s most recent incarnation ticks the boxes in nearly all the right places.

The new menu offers a host of dishes that will leave you salivating at its range of burgers, pasta dishes, pizza and steaks - and much more.

There’s nothing more reassuring at arriving at a restaurant on a Tuesday night and seeing that it is relatively busy.

Having booked a table over Facebook - yes, Facebook - we were quickly whisked away to our tables.

It was immediately clear that the committed management have invested a lot of money and thought into redecorating Wise Guys.

It’s decor is modern and sleek - something that Bridlington needs all the more of, if you ask me.

Adorning the rear wall and immediately visible upon entering, is a hand painted mural that gives the restaurant an edgier feel.

And always within view is the resident chef’s workspace. You’re able to see all the going-ons of the immaculate and well organised kitchen.

To start, my partner and I opted to share simple but nonetheless delicious tomatoes and mozzarella on ciabatta bread.

We had lemonade, but it’s also worth noting that Wise Guys offers a decent range of wines to compliment any dish and suit any palate.

It was also good to see the establishment caters well for vegetarians, and my partner and I didn’t feel left out choosing from the various non-animal options.

I chose a vegetarian calzone, while my partner went for penne arrabiatta - pasta tossed in chilli, garlic and home-made tomato sauce.

My partner’s dish was so good, in fact, that I wish I had had that instead. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the calzone.

I didn’t miss the meat in the blend of mushrooms, sweetcorn, plenty of cheese, peppers, onions and topped with chef’s own marinara sauce.

Everything tasted like real, home-made food. The salad that garnished the calzone could perhaps have been a little more imaginative (it was just lettuce), but it’s unlikely I would have finished it anyway.

It didn’t detract from the excellent quality of dough used for the calzone.

We were very impressed. The portions were generous and the quality high.

We suddenly found that we had room for even more after re-reading Wise Guy’s dessert menu.

After some careful deliberation, we forwent the tempting cookies and cream pie and chose to enjoy a milkshake each.

Mine was an Oreos and vanilla ice cream shake, and my partner chose a Galaxy caramel and vanilla option.

And they even came in plastic tubs, so we were able to enjoy them on our short walk back to the car.

To conclude, I would certainly recommend Wise Guys. If simple, hearty and home- made dishes are what you crave, then look no further than this Promenade-based gem.

Overall rating: 8/10