Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: SILK MILL, DERBY

REVIEW: SILK MILL, DERBY

*Gifted – ad*   With veganism getting another boatload of positive PR (did you see Joaquin Phoenix celebrate his Oscar win by scarfing a vegan burger?), it is also nice to give some TLC to meaty morsels too. I sampled the best hotdog in the Midlands – more on that later.   It is a cool Saturday evening. Not like John…

REVIEW: POKÉWAVES, NOTTINGHAM

REVIEW: POKÉWAVES, NOTTINGHAM

After January that seemed to last exactly 4,852 years, we are now firmly in sunnier February. Yes Storm Ciara will be on the prowl come Sunday, but a lighter sky means thinking about lighter food. I know I’m a hopeful soul, but there is something about a gloriously golden sun burning bright in the sky, that automatically lifts my soul…

REVIEW: DARLEYS RESTAURANT & TERRACE, DERBY

REVIEW: DARLEYS RESTAURANT & TERRACE, DERBY

A dining establishment changing ownership is always going to be news. The myriad implications of this change have a direct impact upon perspective, vision and food once the signatures have dried on the dotted line. I visited Darleys Restaurant for the first time since the new owners’ announcement. Would the new menu excite and deliver (like the excellent Deadwater Fell)…

REVIEW: THE DAKOTA GRILL, MANCHESTER

REVIEW: THE DAKOTA GRILL, MANCHESTER

Did you know there are over 650 restaurants, the most there has ever been, in Manchester today?* This large number is a blessing for the diner (options are always good), and a challenge for the restaurateur. How does one stand out from an ever-increasing pool that can sometimes be crowded?     You won’t have a problem is your name is Dakota. Nothing…

REVIEW: LAS IGUANAS, NOTTINGHAM

REVIEW: LAS IGUANAS, NOTTINGHAM

When was the last time you saw a menu that excited you so much, you had to take it home with you? It happened to me last weekend when I was booked in to review Las Iguanas Nottingham.   You couldn’t find a more central location than Chapel Quarter where Las Iguanas Nottingham sits loud and proud, staking its claim amongst…

REVIEW: THE GREAT NORTHERN, MICKLEOVER, DERBY

REVIEW: THE GREAT NORTHERN, MICKLEOVER, DERBY

First came hygge (cosy vibes), then lagom (minimalist chic), now meraki is the term du jour.   A classics lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Dr Myrto Hatzimichali says of meraki: “It loosely means taking pleasure at your work. Doing something with joy, attention to detail, putting in the extra mile… it means made with love and care and taking…

REVIEW: LOCH FYNE, NOTTINGHAM

REVIEW: LOCH FYNE, NOTTINGHAM

With the advent of a new season comes new seasonal menus introduced in restaurants across the country. One such eatery is Loch Fyne, who I have reviewed before.   Loch Fyne is described as an upscale chain restaurant whose offerings include sustainably sourced British fish and seafood, plus meat dishes. There are various menus including brunch, lunch, à la carte and children’s…

REVIEW: THAI BORAN, DERBY

REVIEW: THAI BORAN, DERBY

Despite it being the middle of August, the weather seems to have taken a turn for the worse. It is grey, dark and the non-stop rain makes the day feel heavier. This sort of weather makes me crave spicy food and hearty curries, which is why I found myself right at home at Thai Boran, Derby one chilly Friday evening.…