Having heard mixed reviews, the Soton Tab decided that it was about time we checked out Trago Lounge ourselves.
Its shabby chic décor is welcoming and homely, so much so that there were even a few students writing essays in there! With board games, comfy sofas and outdoor seating, there isn’t much the restaurant doesn’t have.
The quality and volume of food, friendly staff and fun atmosphere was worth the extra pennies but some students felt differently. Plus, it’s ideally located only a stone’s throw from Sainsbury’s in Portswood.
But not everyone is keen. Third year Geography student Lucy told the Soton Tab why she doesn’t think Trago Lounge is the best thing since sliced bread:
I really like the food in Trago Lounge but I am really put off by the continuous bad service, I always seem to wait so long for my food. It’s also quite pricey, especially breakfast.
With a ‘seat yourself’ mentality and service where you pay when you order at the bar, Trago Lounge is ideal for a no-hassle meal.
We found the restaurant is better at lunch rather than dinner but in all honesty it was delicious at all times of day. Lunchtime paninis and sandwiches are scrumptious while their all-day brunch selection offer lighter alternatives.
The brunch menu is long and delicious. A cheaper alternative and just as filling as a sandwich.
Trago Lounge for dinner? Maybe not as good as lunch but we still loved it.
To counteract their prices, Trago Lounge have special offers like Tapas Tuesdays. With mood lighting and candles, Tapas Tuesdays are a great excuse for a fun evening out. Three Tapas dishes and a glass of house wine for £9.75? There isn’t much better than that.
The choice of Tapas dishes is impressive. The deal comes with a bowl of ciabatta each so you might want to skip lunch beforehand.
Worried you’ll miss Trago Lounge when you’re at home during holidays? Don’t panic. They’re popping up all over the country so it won’t be long until there is a lounge near you. They currently have restaurants open in Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Reading, Bath, Cardiff and loads more.
Third year English student Georgina told us what she thought of Trago Lounge:
Trago makes a pleasant change from all the greasy takeaways in Portswood and is a great spot for lunch as a break from work.
Have you been to Trago Lounge? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!