Rub!

You’d think I’d have realised by now not to write these posts on an empty stomach but alas, here we are! Another Nottingham restaurant today and it’s something that’s a little bit different to your ‘typical’ restaurant. I’d describe this place as kind of quirky, rocky and just down right cool! The menu was very extensive and kind of complicated to work it out but once you get your head round it, it is kind of straight forward. The food came in ‘funky’ dishes and on weird trays and I love how different it was. I really want to go back and try out some of the other dishes!

I went for chicken and waffles with fries. I wanted to go for something that I probably couldn’t have anywhere else, and come on who doesn’t want to combine fried chicken and sweet sweet waffles! It sounds insane! I didn’t really know what to expect other than the fact it was going to be an extreme mix of sweet and savoury and I didn’t know whether I was going to like it or not (spoiler alert, I did). I really enjoyed this meal! The chicken was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle and it wasn’t greasy in the slightest, which is usually the case when it comes to fried chicken. There were three waffles, all of which were soft and like your standard breakfast waffle. There were two sauces, maple syrup and a white barbecue sauce. The maple syrup was standard and went well with both the waffles and the chicken as it gave the chicken a nice and sticky outside. The white barbecue sauce was my ideal barbecue sauce as I’m not big on a barbecue flavour and this sauce just had a little hint. This little hint was also nice to go with both of the elements of the meal and sort of tied everything together. Last but not least the fries were ‘standard fries’ but to me they also had a taste of fish and chip shop chips so if you know how they’re cooked then I think they were cooked like that. Delicious and I’d definitely it again in a heartbeat!

Texas Roadhouse!

This post is the first in a line of America food posts and I know that I’m going to feel seriously hungry when writing all of them. Without further ado, her we go with Texas Roadhouse. The menu had a wide range of food items, from burgers to steaks and chicken so there is something for everyone. Drinks are free refills (on pop) and the service was top notch so I’d definitely recommend going here. It was one of my favourite places that we ate all holiday.

For starter we decided to go for the combo, that way we could try out a few different options and not be too full for our main (because these portions sizes were something else, as you’ll find out later). The dish came with loaded cheese and bacon potato skins, rattlesnake bites, which were a breaded jalapeño and mozzarella mix, and spicy chicken pieces. This has to be one of my favourite dishes of the entire holiday. The chicken was nice but rather than blow your head of there was a little bit of heat and it went really nicely with the cool sour cream. The rattlesnake bites were a lovely little addition. They also had a nice heat behind them and were super tasty. The outside was crunchy and the inside was soft which was a nice contrast. The star of the show was definitely the loaded potato skin. I am totally not a fan of this kind of thing, I’m not normally a cheerleader for potato but the crispiness of the skin and the taste of the bacon totally won me over! I literally could not stop thinking about these things for the rest of the holiday, especially when we went out to eat. What a winner!

Southern Fried Chicken with mushrooms, onions, a cream gravy, chips and a sweet potato was on the agenda for lunch and boy was it delicious! It was weird and a really bizarre experience, but delicious all the same! The mushrooms and onions mixed with the cream gravy turned into a really nice mushroom sauce and went really nicely with the crispy chicken. Fried chicken is one of my guilty pleasures so this was right up my street and did not disappoint! It wasn’t greasy in the slightest but was full of flavour and I would definitely have it again. The chips were a little bit too chunky for me but I enjoyed the crispier bits but the sweet potato was out of this world! Soft and sweet, I was in love. The only downside of this meal was the shear portion size. There was no way I was going to finish all of this. It tasted pretty amazing though, yum!

Harvester!

For a little pre exam week treat, once again me and ‘the crew’ took a food outing, oh how we love food. The plan was to go to The Slug and Lettuce but bad timing meant that it was having a refurb so off to the nearby Harvester it was, and was it a good choice! On a lunchtime they have a £9.99 menu where you get a main meal, refillable soft drink, salad and ice cream for just, you guessed it, £9.99. The menu wasn’t too extensive but for a first time visit there were the essentials to choose from, burgers (chicken and beef), ribs and chicken. I went for the chicken burger as I fancied something ‘hefty’ and off to the salad bar we went. I’m more of a ‘croutons and bacon bits’ kind of girl so I didn’t explore the lengths and depths of what they had to offer but by the looks of everyone else bowls there was a lot to choose from. When the burger came I was more than ready to dig in and I wasn’t disappointed. It was nice and moist, tasty and just the right size. The chips were good too, to say I’m not the biggest fan. I ordered it to come with peppercorn sauce, as you choose which sauce you want with whatever meal, and that was so good I could just eat a pot of that on it’s own. Overall the main was a huge success.

For dessert you can have a selected option of ice cream included in the deal price or for an extra £1 you can have any of the other sundaes on the menu. I went for the Rocky Horror, ice cream with warm brownie, right up my street. Covered in cream and chocolate bits I was all over this. The only problem was that because the ice cream was on top of the brownie it wasn’t warm but it was still really tasty. I’d definitely recommend going and getting the meal as it’s just too cheap to miss!

Bill’s!

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Last Friday I had a little family visit from my mum, auntie, grandma and grandad and because we are all little piggies we had the worlds biggest lunch, EVER! I’ve been to Bill’s once before this when I visited my friend in Oxford this summer but we had afternoon tea and not an actual meal. The staff were really friendly and I love how it’s decorated, really quirky and mismatched. 

To start, we all shared crispy lemon squid which had big shoes to fill after the ones I had last week at Bella Italia. i’m not kidding, there was enough food in one portion to feed four people. The rings were huge and there must have been about 10 of them! The batter was nice and crispy and the the garlic mayo dip was seriously good. The only problem I found with it was that the squid itself was quite chewy and it lacked a little bit of seasoning. I preferred the one I had last week at Bella Italia but you can’t go wrong with the price and portion sizes, they are seriously insane!

As my main dish I had a chicken and chorizo burger which came with skinny fries. This was gorgeous! The chicken was moist and very flavoursome and the chorizo was beautiful and tasty. Everything went really well together and the sweet bun made it all sweet but not too sweet. Again the portion size was absolutely massive for the price and the chip tasted more than chips, they were nicely seasoned and a little sweet which I liked.

I just had to have a dessert after the first two courses as they were both so good and I needed to see if it matched up. i had the warm chocolate brownie with milk ice cream. the texture of the brownie was very nice, soft but with a slight crunch on the outside. The flavour wasn’t really there in the brownie but the chocolate sauce had so much it was unbelievable! One drop had so much chocolate flavour. I think that the next time I go back I might try the mini doughnuts!

Las Iguanas!

Last Monday my dad came down from sunny Halifax to take me out for tea (he had a meeting in Birmingham so he stopped by on the way past). I had no idea where we were going to go so I just found somewhere that I saw on my way into town. I saw Las Iguanas one day and thought that the building looked nice and we thought we’d give it a go!

For starter I had smoky turkey and cheese empanadas with a cranberry sauce. I’m not even joking, these were beyond delicious that words can’t even describe how good these were. There was the perfect balance between turkey and cheese and the flavour was full of meaty, slightly creamy goodness. Paired with the cranberry sauce just made everything nice and sweet and I’ve never really had this flavour combination before but I’d definitely recommend it! The pastry/bread outside was nice and crispy and wasn’t overly greasy so it brought everything together wonderfully.

For my main I had a torta, which is kind of like a glorified sandwich, filled with fried chicken with curly fries and creamy aioli. As with the starter this was just insanely good! If I was to give any criticism I would say that the chicken was slightly overcooked, but it still had an amazing flavour. The bread was brioche and was toasted but not so much so that it was hard to cut and the sauce and onions inside made the flavour really tasty. I can’t even say how good the curly fries were. They were tasty, crispy and dipped in the aioli it was just a winning combination. The aioli was creamy and full of garlicy flavour.

The meal and the service were outstanding so I think that we will definitely will be making a return, maybe in the not so distant future!

Food Day Ten

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Starter-Thai Green Chicken Salad

I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this! I’d never normally choose a salad but I didn’t fancy anything else on the menu so I thought I would give it a go and I’m very glad I did. It was really tasty with a little bit of a kick. The chicken was perfectly cooked, nice and moist, and went really well with the different textures, a mixture of crunchy and soft, The portion size was good and the sauce was very tasty, could have just done with a little more of it.
9/10
Main-Sea Bass
I love sea bass and I wasn’t disappointed. The fish was cooked perfectly with lovely crispy onions (another favourite of mine) and a tasty tomato sauce that brought everything together, could have just done with a little more of it. The potatoes were thin and crispy and the spinach was nice and tasty.
9/10
Dessert-Coffee Mousse
Compared to all of the other mousses I’ve had on this holiday this one was certainly the strangest. The texture was unusual as it was a little bit chewy which I’ve never come across before. However the flavour was really nice and the little bit of raspberry sauce and cream were tasty as well. The portion size was just enough as well.
8/10

This overall meal was probably the best so far on this trip. Everything was consistently very good and I enjoyed everything a lot so this one gets a 9/10!

Food Day Nine

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Starter-Tomato Seafood Risotto
This was beautiful. The seafood was calamari, scallops, mussels and prawns and everything was cooked to perfection. The portion size was good and risotto was an excellent texture. The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been a more tomato flavour.
9/10
Main-Coq Au Vin
This dish was really nice. It was a little large but I’d rather it be too big than too small. The chicken was cooked beautifully and was in a very flavourful sauce. The spinach was nice but I wasn’t a fan of the grilled polenta as I thought the texture was wet and strange and there wasn’t much flavour coming from it.
7/10
Dessert-Creama Catalana
It came just like a creme brûlée which I am usually a huge fan of but I didn’t eat the sugar on the top as it was very greasy. The texture was good and there was a nice orange flavour. It was very large and it came with a chocolate biscotti which was nice but I would have preferred it to have had more of a chocolate flavour.
7/10
This was a nice meal but it wasn’t one of the best so I think it was a 9/10. 

Food Day Three

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Starter-Smoked Chicken Salad
I wasn’t really expecting much from this dish but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The salad leaves were a mixture of lettuce and rocket which was a nice combo and I don’t usually like rocket but it wasn’t too over powering. The chicken was tender, the green peppercorn sauce was nice and there was just the right amount. 
8/10
Main-Roast Beef
I had it cooked medium rare and it was perfect. It was tender and melted in the mouth which was gorgeous. The potato gratin had cheese on top and was to die for, which is unusual for me to say as I’m not the worlds biggest potato fan. The carrots were soft and had a really nice flavour with thyme. There was just the right amount of jus and overall the dish was good and tasty.
8/10
Dessert-Pecan Butterscotch Tart
This was the best of the puddings so far but it still didn’t blow me away. The topping was very nice and sweet with caramel pecans and the pastry was thin and cooked to perfection. The custard base reminded me of angel delight which didn’t really go with the crunchy topping.
7/10
Overall this meal was consistently good and tasty but nothing really blew me away so I’d say it was an 8/10.