Da Paolo Restaurant, London

Restaurant

A couple of days ago we went to watch War of the Workd in theatre, it was brilliant! 

Whilst there we wanted a niche little place to eat and we happened to stumble across the cute little Italian/Mediterranean place.

It was tiny, gally style with maybe the capacity to sit 30 people (although there was another equally sized room downstairs) and had a real rustic feel to it. The staff were friendly and prompt.

I opted for a duck pasta and Jones chose the special, monkfish risotto. My pasta was delightful, a thick, seemingly homemade pasta with a delicately flavoured creamy sauce which really let the strength of the duck come through. I can’t speak for Gav but there was a clean plate!

With a bottle of Chardonnay our bill came to £60, not bad for two in London.

If your around, pop in!

Altrincham market house

Restaurant

Once again I have frequented Altrincham Market House and loved it! It’s quirky, cute, reasonably priced and super tasty!

This time I ate from “honest crust” the pizza place and without a doubt it was the best pizza I have recently had!

If you like variety and relaxed eating this is the place for you!

The Botanist, Chester. Again!

Restaurant, Vegetarian

Yes, I’ve blogged sbout this place before, but you know, it’s really worth highlighting. 

It’s a chain, there’s one closer to me in Alderley Edge and there is one soon to open in Knutsford, whoop! Unlike other chains however, the food is really rather good!

Food: I enjoyed the halloumi Kebab with the giant cous cous and chips. Totally tasty and a decent size portion

  
Price: No complaints. £12 for a main course is cheap in my book

Drink: Damn good cocktails. I had the passion fruit cocktail which could have kept me say there all day. 

   
 Ambiance: Here lies the winning element. This place has a great vibe, the decor is relaxed but utterly cool and the music, typically live and acoustic, is a perfect background buzz.

  
10/10

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.

Bulls head, Mobberley: review

Food, Foodie, Restaurant, Uncategorized

I frequent the Bulls Heas in Mobberley, Knutsford all the time, A) because it’s my local and B) because it’s AMAZING!

Firstly, it’s atmosphere is brilliantly welcoming. The beer garden us large and accessible in a beautiful setting meaning on a warm day it’s a perfect place to be. Inside it’s dark and cosy with a roaring fire. Dogs are welcome too which is an added benefit for me!

The bar is stocked with all the usual suspects but it also has a great local beer selection and a large whisky selection.

The food is top quality. It features an upper class selection at reasonable prices and the menu changes just enough to not get bored  but not too much that you miss your favorites.

During my recent visit I enjoyed the game stew….sounds simple but words can not describe how delicious this dish was!!

   
 

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)

IMG_7362

IMG_7361