*UPDATE* Hacienda is now closed.
This is a lively restaurant, that can get a bit noisy. The food is fairly average (tip: chicken dishes are better than beef).
On the dessert menu we found 'sticky toffee pudding with coffee sauce'. Since my other half hates coffee, but quite likes sticky toffee pudding, we thought we would check that that the 'coffee sauce' was not actually a typographical error for 'toffee sauce'. The waiter said he had no idea, as they simply took them out of the box and put them in the microwave. I ordered it anyway, out of curiosity and it did in fact turn out to be toffee sauce. Despite the microwave, it was actually quite good. The waiter came along afterwards to find out what the sauce was like!
Wycombe's Eden centre has a little cluster of chain restaurants between Marks and Spencer and the cinema and the Bus station: La Tasca, Nandos, Wagamama and Zizzi. Zizzi is easily the best. Despite being part of a chain, they serve interesting and tasty pasta dishes and great desserts.
I took my mum, who normally finds something to complain about with her food, and she loved it. (She wasn't quite so keen on the decor, but you can't have everything).
Favorite Dish: Ravioli with goat's cheese and spinach, with tomato sauce, pine nuts and rocket pesto. It was absolutely delicious.
Fish stew, served in a foil parcel is also good.
For dessert, mum had torta amaretto, served with raspberry compote, and I had torta Zizzi, a frangipane tart with figs and pistachios. Heavenly.
The Red Lion is a former village pub which is now mainly a restaurant, although there is a cosy bar area.
On our first visit, I had pork belly with savoy cabbage, sweet potato mash and quince for a starter. This was absolutely delicious, though it was rather robust for a starter, and the portion size was quite large. Fortunately, I am greedy!
For main course I had roast partridge with wild mushrooms and grapes in a manzanilla sauce - this was also delicious and they had certainly been generous with the manzanilla in the sauce.
Even I didn't have room for dessert after all that lot, but my husband's sticky toffee pudding was a bit overdone. Though at least that showed it was homemade.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant makes a virtue of fresh, seasonal ingredients so the menu changes frequently.
On our last visit, I enjoyed a pea and asparagus risotto (very cheesy!), and my husband had duck with tomato sauce and polenta. My Mum was a little disappointed not to get yorkshire pudding with her roast beef, though.
The location (above a butcher's shop at a busy crossroads) is not ideal, but if you can avoid looking out of the window at the petrol station opposite, Santorini manages to provide a good Greek ambience.
They provide a traditional greek menu of items such as dolmades, kleftico, moussaka etc, as well as mezze, at good prices, which makes it a good choice for a group meal.
In 2011 they even opened on Christmas day with a mezze menu at £19.50 a head.
Favorite Dish: If I'm not having mezze, the kleftico (lamb shank) is very good.
Eat Thai is a very good Thai restaurant, located in an old building that was once a post office. Inside, the decor is contemporary.
They offer a fusion menu and more traditional Thai dishes.
Favorite Dish: Everything I have tried is excellent. My favourite starter is the corn cakes, and my favourite main is the Thai green curry, but for something a bit different, try 'Weeping Tiger'.
The restaurant was just truly beautifully designed. The owners thought of every little detail. From the small little décor pieces, to the beautiful fish tank.
The food is just delicious. The blend of spices was just magical.
The waiters were really friendly and offered a perfect service.
I will definitely visit again.
Favorite Dish: Old Delhi Fatimah Murg makhni
Phew that was a mouthful, but it tastes scrumptious in my mouth. Just a rich, wonderful blend of spices. The chicken was tender and perfect. Leaves my mouth watering just thinking about it.
Wycombe is unusually blessed with two very presentable Chinese restaurants facing each other near the middle of town.
We took the lunchtime buffet in EAMAYL, which at only five pound fifty each was a bargain. Unusually it also included dessert.
It took be a long time to get the significance of the name, but it eventually dawned on me that it stood for 'Eat as much as you like'.
Their website is especially flash for a restaurant.
The Noodle bar opposite actually lloked busier with lunchtime shoppers getting stuck into various Chinese dishes whilst sitting at long tressle type tables.
Update March 2009. The former 'Noodle Bar' has changed its name to 'Noodle Nation' as they couldn't trademark the old name.
This is literally a 'fast food' restaurant. You choose either soup noodles or stir fry noodles (there are several choices of noodle, which you can have with chicken, vegetables, beef, duck, seafood etc) or a rice and stir fry dish, and it arrives very quickly. You can also order things like prawn crackers, sesame prawn toasts etc. as a side order with your noodles. They don't do starters or desserts. You do get fortune cookies with your bill, though.
It is my favourite place for a quick lunch while out shopping - cheaper than Wagamama and generally quicker to get seated.
Favorite Dish: Soup noodles with chicken.
Updated: July 2009. I have been told that this restaurant has closed again. No doubt it will open again with a new name and similar menu...
Updated: February 2008. This restaurant used to be called L'Artista. Although the name has changed, the menu is very similar.
It provides a good selection of pasta, pizza and main course dishes, which are fine though not exceptional, but the desserts come from a bought-in, deep-frozen range which look far more edible in the photos on the menu than on the plate in front of you.
Starters are around £4-5, main course pasta and pizza dishes are from £6-8, meat and fish dishes £10 + (vegetables are extra).
This place is a good option if you want a slightly greater range of options than those available at the nearby Pizza Express - if you are only after pizza and pasta, Pizza Express has better desserts!
Favorite Dish: Pizza Americana was good. My husband went for the duck and was surprised to receive two large pieces.
The profiteroles are the best dessert.
Forget the queues at Wagamama - just 5 minutes walk away is Zenzeni, a Japanese-style noodle bar. They serve a range of noodle and stiry fry dishes, as well as sushi.
Their selling point is healthy eating (fresh ingredients prepared to order), though I'm not sure the desserts can be included in that.
It is on the fringes of Frogmoor and is gastronomically, financially and geographically between Noodle Nation in Paul's Row and Wagamama in Eden.
Favorite Dish: I tried Yaki Soba, soba noodles with barbecued chicken, shrimp, eggs, carrots, leeks, peppers, bean sprouts, spring onion and ginger, which was very tasty, and also a side order of duck dumplings.
The (not very oriental) dessert choices includes a chocolate fudge cake, which my husband recommends (and he spends his life in search of the perfect chocolate fudge cake, so it can't be bad)!
The food is great! You get to choose from a variety of dishes, soups, noodles, rice and loads of veggie stuff. I am not a vegitarian but they have some great salt and pepper TOFU puffs. For the meat eater in me they had smoked crispy beef as a side dish. THey dont do desserts or starters just sides which is good by me, otherwise I get filled up on crispy duck or whatever.
The service is awesome too. THere is a good vibe in the store like the staff wanna be there and wanna help.
It's funky its fresh and cheap!
It is right across from the tourist information and Oneills. pub.
Favorite Dish: Singapore with Mai Fun noodles
chicken, pork, peppers and onions with a curry powder and really skinny noodles (low in carbs). I get extra chilli's added too mine and a chilli oil on the side. Hot and good!
The Wycombe branch of this branch of the sushi restaurant chain is in the upper part of the Eden development, next to the cinema.
The concept is simple - diners sit at stools facing a conveyor belt and select their dishes from the belt. The dishes are colour coded according to price, and at the end of the meal the bill is worked out according to the empties. There is a menu from which you can work out what the various dishes actually contain. There are essentially two strategies: choose something you want from the menu and try to recognise it as it comes past; or grab something that looks interesting from the conveyor and then try to identify it from the menu. There are also some hot dishes that can be cooked to order.
Favorite Dish: I'm not sure that I could pick a 'favourite' dish, but I liked everything I tried. The hardest part is having the discipline to stop when all those intriguing dishes keep going past!
La Tasca specialises in Spanish-style tapas - small dishes to share. They recommend 3-4 per person. We ordered 7 between two of us, which was about right for reasonably hungry/greedy people like us.
In terms of quality, it is good for Wycombe town centre, but probably not up to the standard of a tapas bar in Madrid.
The decor is not what you might call minimalist, with lots of Spanish-style tiles, rustic chandeliers (the sort they swing from in swashbuckling movies) and so many cushions on the banquette that there was scarcely room for me to sit down.
Favorite Dish: The gambas pil pil (prawns) and chorizo frito were good, as was the crema catalana for dessert.
OK, it's a chain, but in my opinion it is the best pizza chain in the UK. You can even save Venice by eating pizza!
Their main business is pizza (obviously), of the thin based variety, but they also do pasta. I actually like their salads, which come with dough sticks. Their desserts are also better than average.
Favorite Dish: Chicken salad with goats cheese is good, and you can feel (probably erroneously) more virtuous than eating pizza. I also love their mint tea made with fresh mint.
Cafe Zest is on the third floor of House of Fraser (there is also a Cafe Nero on the ground floor).
It is a nice cafe, serving drinks and light refreshments, with a range of hard and soft seating, but its unique selling point is its terrace with 'views of High Wycombe'. Unfortunately, High Wycombe is not Venice or the Bay of Naples, so the view is probably better inside.
The food options looked good, but are quite pricey (£5.50 for a baked potato).
Favorite Dish: I haven't tried the food yet, but the cakes looked delicious and the 'thyme roasted vegetable and mozzarelle panini' sounded tasty. They also do baked potatoes and soup.