Bella Italia: Not too crappy

Restaurant

   
About to see Deadpool!!! 😃 And as per our typical pre cinema routine we rock up at a local eatery, eat, drink and then watch! Today we went for Bella Italia!

  
We started with some seriously nommy cheesy garlic bread. This one was a  caramelized onion option and it was fought over by us both! It’s was super sweet, but super amazeballs! 

  Gav followed the starter with a beef and red wine pasta dish, I didn’t try it but have it on good authority that it was “nice”.

   

We of course shared some wine!!

   

I opted for pasta with shredded duck and a sweet Chinese sauce. It’s an odd combo I know, but I really enjoyed it.

 
And we shared some deep fried Courgette. I’ve never had these before but I sure as will again!

Overall, a decent meal and for £40….no complaints!

Treat night: Gustos

Restaurant

Friday night was treat night with my beautiful new mummy friend, Loveday!

We went to Alderley Edge and as we failed to book anywhere, ended up in the Italian chain Gustos. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind Gustos but I prefer non chains.

Anyway, we shared a cheesy garlic bread (delicious), I had the pork gnocchi main (too oily) and I ended on a brownie with pistachio ice cream (delightful). All helped down with champagne and cocktails.

Great night, there are better places to go here but I couldn’t complain too much. Good service and cheap!

  

Altrincham market house

chicken, Foodie, Restaurant

A friend, long time unseen, visited me at work today for a lunch date. We went to the Altrincham Market House fort he first time and what a little gem it was!

 
Think, upper class food hall.  

It’s a reasonably sized room with a collection of tables in the middle, around the outer edge there must be about 10 different mini food outlets (and a bar 😉) serving a collection from pizza to tapas to cakes!

The food seemed to average around £10 per meal and the atmosphere was just so cool and relaxed. I full on loved this place!! I’ll be back!

(I had the pie today, chicken, yum)

  
 

Alderley edge bar and grill review

Restaurant

Date night last night involved a meal at the Bar and Grill restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. 

This is my 2nd visit now and I would quite happily keep on going.

Food: I had the prawn tempura starter. The dish was presented very prettily and consisted of 4 monster prawns with a delicate batter and a sweet, lime laced Chilli sauce. For the main I had spilled pork burger which was juicy and moist and was so large I barely touched the chips. Alongside this we were given bread and dipping oil and overall I really couldn’t complain about any part. Delicious (Gav had the beef carpaccio which was melt in the mouth, followed by a risotto)

   
 Price: 2 starters, 2 mains, a bottle of Chardonnay, a espresso martini and a vodka for just under £100. Very reasonable.

Ambiance: A modern clean cut venue, white and fresh. We had the added benefit of being sat by the window so had the enjoyment of watching the night pass and the fancy cars too! (When you go out I this area you have to be aware it’s full of money and so be prepared for: fast cars / botoxed women / old men pretending to be young / dapper outfits)

   
 Negative: the only complaint is that as soon as we declined pudding we were ignored. When we wanted another drink Gav had to hail down a waitress who seemed annoyed at our request. Despite repeating the order twice the waitress for some reason didn’t understand and a second person then came over (how hard is it to understand “vodka pleas”?)

Score: 9/10 It would have been a 10 if it wasn’t for the slight waitress complaint

EARLE by Simon Rimmer (Hale)

chicken, Duck, Foodie, Restaurant, Uncategorized

I recently had the immense pleasure of eating at one of Simon Rimmers restaurants, Earle in Hale, Cheshire.

I had never been before but had heard good things and as it’s right on my door stop I thought it was about time!

  
First impressions: It looks really small from the outside but actually it’s like a Tardis, when you get in it actually has a decent seating capacity.

Ambiance: I really liked the atmosphere in this restaurant, the decor was a quirky mix of wood and color and the lighting set a pleasant mood to relax in.

Food: I can say nothing bad! I had a chicken liver parfait to start which was creamy and delicious. The best bit about it however was that they got the proportions of parfait, bread and chutney spot on. Sometimes you find the bread portion is less than adequate, but not at Earle. For the main I had the duck which was divine. The meat was cooked to perfection and the sweet sticky sauce was so moorish, I wished I had bread left from my starter to mop up every drop! Finally I ended on a sticky toffee pudding which was out of this world. A soft sponge which was so light and airy that it seemed to dissolve in the mouth and a toffee sauce which actually makes me want to cry knowing I don’t have a gallon of it to drink right now.

Staff: They were quite busy when we went and I must say, a little disorganized. They couldn’t find our booking to start with but then realized they were looking on the wrong screen and despite confirming our pre orders, brought us menus. Really not huge problems but a little less than perfect.

Price: I wasn’t paying so I can’t say I actually looked at the price but whatever it was, I would have paid!

Overall: 9/10. It would have been 10 if not for the slight staffing issues. A nice place to be and really great food, a definite place to go.

The Merlin

Desert, Pork, Restaurant

This Wednesday I met my beautiful (and newly pregnant friend) Loveday for dinner at the Merlin, Alderly Edge.

The venue itself is quirky manner style and I have to say I felt throughly comfortable and rather cool in the atmosphere created.

The menu, although small, beheld a variety of gorgeous dishes and I could of happily been given any. I had to choose however and so I opted for pigs cheeks with black pudding, a red wine jus and mashed potatoes. I chose this as I’ve never eaten pig cheeks before and I love black pudding at the moment.

It was great! The sauce was rich and sweet, beautifully complimenting the slightly salty cheeks and adding further depth to the black pudding.

We then had a naughty little desert, I opted for a traditional treacle sponge but they were all out 😧 and so I compensated with a treacle tart (the next best thing). I had asked for this hot but it disappointingly came cold, non the less it was sweet, the pastry was soft and melt in the mouth and the vanilla ice cream was clearly top notch quality. A lovely end to the meal although very indulgent.

We had a £10 voucher and so the meal resulted in being £15 each, an unbelievably cheap night considering the venue and food quality.

I would recommend the Merlin and will be going back.

Food: 9/10 (points lost on the cold desert)
Service: 10/10 (can’t fault)
Venue: 10/10 (quirky, cool, sophisticated)

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