RESTAURANT REVIEW: DOLCE SALATO, DERBY

I had Christmas dinner a few weeks’ ago and feel compelled to hop on and write about it. (I’ve just enough time before Jurassic Park starts, so that’ll be an hour constructively spent.) It was the annual Christmas outing for Derby Book & Cake Club, and the destination was Dolce Salato, Queen Street, Derby. It’s a ...

Restaurant review: Grafene, Manchester

Modern British food has never been more popular. Traditional fayre that has been contemporised and served with a twist is a trend I’m seeing in restaurants across the country. There has been a lot of noise about Grafene and its modern menu, with curious critics travelling the breadth of the UK to see what the ...

Restaurant review: Banyan Bar & Kitchen

The dining scene in Manchester is mercurial and fast changing. Blink and you’ll miss another opening, which is why my list of ‘Must Visit Places’ is steadily mushrooming. One such place I had earmarked from a while ago was Banyan Bar & Kitchen. It was a balmy evening as we wove our way through the ...

Restaurant Review: Baresca, Nottingham

There seems to be an emerging trend in restaurants across the country. Eateries are now accentuating the dining experience by giving the diner more choices and embracing eclectic entrepreneurship. One such place is Baresca in Nottingham. This is essentially a tapas, market café and cellar bar, and its covetable larder is guaranteed to make a certain Nigella ...

Restaurant Review: Zaap Thai, Bromley Place, Nottingham

I love Thai food as much as I adore The Punisher from Daredevil. Which is why I couldn’t wait to check out Zaap Thai, the latest addition to Nottingham’s restaurant scene. Nestled in the midst of Bromley Place, this restaurant boasts the fantastic location of being slap bang in the city centre. One thing I’ve noticed ...

Restaurant Review: Masa Restaurant & Wine Bar, Derby

Much like Antonio Banderas, Masa Restaurant and Wine Bar has always intrigued me. I liken it to the exotic stranger whom I’ve heard lots about, but just haven’t got around to meeting yet. Masa boasts a unique location at the site of a chapel which has subtle undertones of Gothic romanticism. This could easily be the ...

GastroPub Review: The Joiners Arms, Quarndon Derby

What are bank holidays for, but to loll around watching a plethora of vacuous daytime TV interspersed with a trip to your local gastro-pub? I had to satisfy my foodie need to check out a place that has been on my radar since last year, and so it was on Good Friday that I eventually ...

Restaurant Review: Oaks, Nottingham

Spring has officially sprung. I love the beginning of a new season. Especially spring, which heralds warmer temperatures and seeing the sun isn’t such a rarity that you gaze at like a long lost friend. A new season also means a change in seasonal foods available with a knock on effect on menus (foodies across ...

Restaurant Review: Cucina, Derby

I have a love for all things Mediterranean, from the cuddly Antonio Carluccio to itsy bitsy Spanish tapas. Which is why I was really looking forward to dining at Cucina, a quaint Italian restaurant on Green Lane, Derby. Based in the heart of St. Peter’s Quarter, Cucina has been on the Derby eating scene since 2010. ...