Tag: Restaurant Review

REVIEW: THE TAP, DERBY

REVIEW: THE TAP, DERBY

*Ad-Gifted   What compels you to venture dining out? For me, it is the prospect of a new environment. Don’t get me wrong, I love the four walls of my very pretty flat, but it is the idea of a fresh voice, a new face that is one of the main drivers for me at the moment.   The far-reaching,…

REVIEW: THE GREYHOUND, FRIAR GATE, DERBY

REVIEW: THE GREYHOUND, FRIAR GATE, DERBY

*Ad-Gifted   Did you know there are 91 days to the US election? I have been known to take the day off work as I watch the results roll in, during the late twilight hours. (I learnt the hard way when one year, I cockily thought I could watch the US elections AND make it into work. That was tough…

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…

RESTAURANT REVIEW: DOLCE SALATO, DERBY

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 Bring Your Own Bottle…

Restaurant review: Grafene, Manchester

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 fuss was about. This latest…

Restaurant review: Banyan Bar & Kitchen

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 cutesy al fresco dining area,…

Restaurant Review: Baresca, Nottingham

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 jealous. Nestled on Byard Lane…

Restaurant Review: Zaap Thai, Bromley Place, Nottingham

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 whenever I pass Bromley…

Restaurant Review: Masa Restaurant & Wine Bar, Derby

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 scene of some romantic novel…

GastroPub Review: The Joiners Arms, Quarndon Derby

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 found myself Quarndon bound for…