Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: STORE STREET, MANCHESTER

REVIEW: STORE STREET, MANCHESTER

Are you a frequent traveller, either domestic or abroad? What sort of food do you eat when out travelling? When I have my travel-case in tow and I have a train journey ahead of me, I just want something to eat that is quick and simple.   After spending Mother’s Day ooop norrff, I had booked in to review Store…

REVIEW: LUNYA MANCHESTER

REVIEW: LUNYA MANCHESTER

As the temperature dips to the low, low digits (my office was colder than an igloo this morning), I have warmer climes on my mind. A restaurant that evokes warmth and which is cosiness personified is Lunya Manchester. An independent restaurant and bar, it also happens to be a multi-award winning deli. Their deli deserves a standalone post, so expect…

REVIEW: AUSTRALASIA, MANCHESTER

REVIEW: AUSTRALASIA, MANCHESTER

The clocks going forward can only mean two things: lighter evenings to enjoy more sunshine, and new menus as restaurants welcome in the new season.     Australasia Manchester has a promising new menu, which will – you have been warned – evoke hunger pangs even when casually browsing. I have visited Australasia before, finding it light and airy in the…

REVIEW: THE COCK INN MUGGINTON

REVIEW: THE COCK INN MUGGINTON

When was the last time you set fire to something? Not something so benign as a Jo Malone candle or pretty votive, but a full-on flame engulfing scenario?    Just to be clear, I love The Prodigy’s Firestarter, but I am no pyromaniac. Yet somehow I found myself in the hot seat at The Cock Inn Mugginton when I set…

RESTAURANT REVIEW: MOWGLI, NOTTINGHAM

RESTAURANT REVIEW: MOWGLI, NOTTINGHAM

Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli is an enduring character who is said to have inspired American fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs… and perhaps restaurateur Nisha Katona too. The photogenic barrister turned entrepreneur is the founder of Mowgli Street Food, a line of eateries which promises to dish up food that Indians eat at home and on their streets. Mowgli Street Food was…

REVIEW: KUSHI-YA, NOTTINGHAM

REVIEW: KUSHI-YA, NOTTINGHAM

It is a brand new year with brand new resolutions and this year I have just the one aspirational goal. I am therefore obliged to embrace wholeheartedly the notion of not being at my desk all the time. It is one of the joys (not) of being a writer, where you spend every gold-dust minute plotting Book Three and increasing…

REVIEW: LOTUS INDIAN KITCHEN DERBY

REVIEW: LOTUS INDIAN KITCHEN DERBY

**READ TIME: 5 MINUTES**   At the time of writing this review, it is that awkward time in between Christmas and New Year, where it is difficult to discern exactly what day it is. As myriad questions pepper your mind (Is it Tuesday? Is it really wrong to still be in PJs at 2pm? Will that brie from the Christmas…