Villa Ada: Home style food
Fresh cooked home style food, as different from the formula chain/franchise food as you can get.
The small restaurant is comfortable, staff are friendly and helpful.
Favorite Dish: Seafood Risotto was paricularly good and like the other dishes was freshly prepared - we were told it would take 30 minutes as even the rice had to be cooked fresh. The veal dishes and vegeables are also recommended.
House red wine at £10 a bottle was very good value.
Papa Jays: Indian tapas
Located in Luton Town Centre , this Indian tapa's restaurant serves yummy dishes. The food is delicious and the portions are large (very large). The ambience is brilliant , has a modern touch , very relaxing and nice comfortable seats. The staff are polite and very friendly. I cebrated my birthday at this restaurant and it was a memorable evening.
Favorite Dish: Mongolian Paneer
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Jitlada: Why Thailand Is Definitely On My "Must Visit" List
The thing that really impresses me about Thai food is the clean-ness of the flavours. The basic ingredients are treated with respect, the seasonings are simple and non-competitive allowing everything on the plate to keep it's own character.
I've yet to visit Thailand but all the tasters I've had over the years in various restaurants here in the UK, and elsewhere, have all served to promote a future trip's priority another step up the ladder.
Here in Luton the Jitlada restaurant has almost taken me to that top rung. This an intimate little restaurant (only 43 seats) which, as the town's original Thai eatery (opened 1991), has deservedly become a local institution.
The subtly exotic decor perfectly matches the food, service is equally sympathetic and even on a quiet Tuesday night with only two other tables occupied the place has a pleasantly laid-back buzz.
The menu reads well, not overlong, offering a mix of recognisable classic Thai dishes (such as Tom Yum soup and Green Chicken Curry) as well as the house's specialities and everything is cooked fresh to order - even fresher for the fact that it was a quiet Tuesday as I could hear that the chef was chopping the vegetables to order.
Favorite Dish: On my only visit (so far) I opted for the Gang Jued soup followed by the prawn dish Goong Prig Ga-praow. The noodle soup was exemplar - a fresh-flavoured clear broth with just the right amount of floaty bits, ethereally bound together by the glass noodles.
The Goong Prig Ga-praow was exactly as described on the menu - big succulent prawns stir-fried with chillies and basil witha few strips of sweet pepper and onions and finished with a delicately sweet and savoury sauce.
With a portion of fluffy fragrant rice and washed down with a bottle of proper imported Singa beer the bill (of just over £15) pretty much completed the holistic experience.
Definitely worth a visit - in fact worth a visit to Luton for!
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Polska Chata: A First For Me!
In my travels I've come across all sorts of exotic cuisines but it took a visit to Luton to encounter a restaurant offering Polish & Lebanese food side-by-side.
This is a welcoming informal place, as much a cafe as a restaurant, and the Lebanese decor is characterful without being kitsch. Staff (and, I think, owners) are, unsurprisingly, Lebanese and Polish and service is friendly, swift and confusingly multi-lingual - in fact by the time I'd eaten I'd forgotten I was still in the UK!
Customers too are eclectic, mainly Polish on the evening I was there, which added to the pleasant feeling of being somewhere more exotic than downtown Luton.
Favorite Dish: This isn't fusion cuisine but rather two separate menus: one Polish, the other Lebanese. However, it's not a case of sticking to one menu or the other - you can mix and match between them. On my visit I opted for meat-filled Pierogi as a starter, followed by Lahem Baker. A side of Tabouleh bridged the courses and a Pivo Tyskie washed it all down.
The Pierogi were of the steamed variety, stuffed with tasty minced chicken, and given a touch of crispness on the charcoal grill. Fried onions completed the plate which even though described as a starter would have made for a more than adequate light lunch. The Lahem Baker was more like a good quality lightly-spiced burger rather than the advertised "beef medallions" but not none the worse for that and the Lebanese-style pepper sauce gave it a definite zing. The Tabouleh was also in the Lebanese-style with plentiful fresh parsley and mint, tomato and just a hint of bulger wheat tossed through. Its clean simple favours ideally accompanied both starter and main courses.
Portions were substantial and whilst my bill came to almost £18 had I been less of a glutton I could easily have gotten away with a decent dinner for half that. Adding in the excellent service and the exotic ambience made for a very pleasant evening.
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The Whitehouse (pub): mmm, chocolate cake AND ice cream...
This pub is cool, and sadly one of the best restaurants in Luton - there really isn't much else available, well, that I'd consider eating in anyway. There are regulars sitting around the fire from opening time - the staff know them all by name, although they can be rowdy, they are harmless to others.
I am quite an anti-social person, but I like going here - I feel comfortable, even on matchday! This place is heaving during football as it is the largest pub in Luton, and you walk past it to get to the football ground. The pub puts signs up saying 'Luton home supporters only'! Haha.
The food is typical pub chain, but really quite filing and yummy. Even the 'two for £6 (or whatever it is)' meals are nice. I highly reccommend a burger meal of somesort. If you're there with a mate - get a platter to share while you mull over the menu and have a cocktail!
Favorite Dish: Favourite of mine has to be the chocolate cake and ice cream. Yum! I've literally had this for breakfast... The cake is slightly warm, and the ice cream a little bit melty hence. So yummy.
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