Batman, a name familiar with any DC fan or film lover, is probably regarded as one of the top superheroes of our generation.

As someone who grew up with one younger brother, superhero films were ingrained into my system.

I was only the tender age of seven when I watched Batman Begins (2005) and thus commenced my mild obsession for Christian Bale.

Fast-forward 16 years later, I stumbled across a video showing a DC-inspired restaurant and bar that just opened in London’s Soho.

My inner fan-girl started to scream. I needed to go there.

Booking myself into The Iceberg Lounge – a reference to The Penguin’s nightclub from the comics – I was teeming with excitement.

You’ll be forgiven for not having spotted Park Row in Soho recently, as the venue’s location is very much off the beaten track.

When we eventually found it, we were greeted by a doorman who led us downstairs behind a library bookcase.

I was met with the booming theme tune of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, accompanied with an impressive Batman light projector spiralling down the stairs.

I was definitely in the right place, no doubt.

Once we made our way into the main dining area, the theme seems to almost evaporate.

The setting was stylish, with plenty of luxury gold and blue hues filling the room to give that Burton-esque art deco theme, and elegance was dripping from the marble ceiling and tiled floor.

But I felt like the inspiration of DC was somewhat lacklustre.

There was the odd Gotham painting of villains such as The Joker, and there was a huge penguin sculpture placed in the centre of the room, but no further obvious theming.

But if the food delivered, a little seasoning of Gotham might be all I needed.

Looking at the menu, my long list of allergies posed a huge problem. However, my waiter stepped up and informed me that this would not be an issue.

He recommended that I order for my starter dish: Mulligatawny soup (£8).

It was refreshing to see a bowl of soup that wasn’t just leeks and potatoes.

However when I took my first mouthful, my taste buds began to have a fit.

The spiced curry powder caught me off guard.

As someone who is generally rubbish with peppery hot food, I made the wrong food choice.

Wiping the sweat from my forehead, I felt embarrassed and continued to devour my meal in silence.

Although my tongue was on fire, the soup delivered a heart-warming and rich dish to kick off the evening.

The flame mixed with how good it tasted made it a little bit of hell, a big bit of heaven. A rather Two-Face-d dish. If only Mr Freeze was in the room.

I then downed a glass of still water to cool off.

For my main, I chose Aynhoe park estate fallow deer, roasted beets, blackberry gel and liquorice jus (£40).

My plus-one opted for champagne and black-truffle risotto, with forest mushrooms and parmesan.

We were both relatively hungry again and thankfully didn’t have to wait long.

When my dish arrived, my heart sunk. There was hardly anything on my plate.

‘This was barely passable for a starter dish, let alone a main.’ (Image: MyLondon)

I counted two small pieces of deer, one potato, half a dozen drops of blackberry gel, and half a roasted beetroot.

This erring on a starter rather than a main, especially at the £40 price tag.

Nevertheless, I was as starving as Man-Bat, so I got stuck in.

As I tucked into my deer, I stopped myself from wolfing everything down in one go.

Bursting with flavour, the tender deer was otherworldly.

The richness of the roasted beetroot and accompanying blackberry gel rounded off everything perfectly. The dish was so nearly perfect.

But there was just simply not enough food. Considering this main dish billed up to a total of £40 – I was staggered.

I think I ate everything in less than ten mouthfuls.

‘Park Row really does transport you to the streets of Gotham city’ (Image: MyLondon)

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Park Row really does transport you to the streets of Gotham city, but only just.

The stylish interiors, spectacular presentation and top-class service made me feel like I was getting the real Bruce Wayne treatment.

Staff were extremely attentive and helpful when it came to my allergies and for that they deserve extra bonus points.

The only negative to come out of this stunning experience was the food portions.

An incredible adventure from start to finish; it’s nearly worth every penny(worth).

Have a story you think we should cover? Email alexandra.bullard@reachplc.com

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