DEE YI is a lovely chinese restaurant near to the town center,it has chinese furnishings and chinese music playing a great atmosphere,its exellent.
Favorite Dish: Crispy Duck the best,house special curry,beef in black bean sauce and the crab claws are lovely, well worth a visit.
Starz is an American restaurant which serves fantastic food and the portions are huge,a really frendly place with a nice atmosphere.The ribs and chicken are really nice and there home made colslaw is lovely.
When you walk into the Old Timers you just dont no what to look at first,it has so many things hung up and around the Restaurant you could spend all day looking at everything they have collected.Go there you will be amazed.
Favorite Dish: This Restaurant is such good value,there is a specials board each day,i love their prawn wraps.
The cat and fiddle is situated just outside Exeter.A charming 16th century Inn full of character,excellent for familys.
Favorite Dish: The sunday Carvery is a must its my favourite,they also do lots of other meals and a childrens menu as well.There is a lovely play park outside for children and lovely seating area when the weather is nice.This is a must.
Set in an 18th century building,the Red Square is Exeters only Russian Resturant,the food is mouth watering,tasty starters,main dishes and desserts or choose from the set menu.Check out their website for special offers during the year.
This is a nice restaurant, stylish and classy with excellent professional and attentive service. At the time of writing (2006) there were three dining options: the 25 GBP set menu, the tasting menu at about 56 or the a-la-carte. The food is modern with an emphasis on local produce and the menu reads well with plenty of variety.
I'm not a particularly critical person normally but there were however a couple of minor niggles. When the bill comes to about 85 quid for my solo meal these really shouldn't exist.
The scallop starter with pea puree, crispy bacon and shallot veloute was an excellent balance of flavours and textures and beautifully, and simply, presented, but, and here's the big but, with QUEEN scallops rather than the expected meaty local Devon king scallops which I had expected for the 11.75 I was paying.
My main course of cod with chorizo, baby squid and gazpacho was once again beautifully presented but the cod, sitting on a bed of spinach, was overseasoned and thus negating what should have been the contrast between the perfectly cooked, flaky, fish, the saltiness of the chorizo and the balancing texture provided by the (perfectly seasoned) spinach.
Having had my main course I opted for the cheese selection and asked for it to be served in the bar, which allowed me to nibble at leisure whilst finishing my wine and ending with coffee and a 10 year old Somerset cider brandy. The selection of cheeses was excellent, served at perfect temperature and accompanied by crackers and home-made fig bread - though once again there was a minor fault. The bread had been microwaved, perhaps to freshen it up or to defrost it, and once it had lost its initial warmth it ended up chewy.
These though were minor niggles and overall this was a good meal, just not perfect.
Favorite Dish: The wine list is fairly extensive and for this type of establishment very reasonably priced, my bottle of Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ, was really crisp and fruity and only 22.50.
When the sun's out and lunch is a'beckoning you can do a lot worse than stop off here for a light bite and sit on the terrace overlooking the Cathedral and its green. No 21 is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde sort of place: during the day its persona is as an informal cafe bar catering for us informal snackers and then as the evening approaches becomes a real restaurant. I haven't actually been for an evening meal here yet but I do know the chef/proprietor and so I reckon I can recommend the evening food as well as the daytime fare.
The only little inconvenience about sitting outside for lunch is that the local bylaws prohibit the sale of alcohol in the Cathedral Yard which caused me a little consternation as I never know what to order from a non-alcoholic drink menu ;p) Anyway the sun was shining, my company delish, and so no point in going inside for the sake of the booze: a Frobisher's pineapple juice worked just as well!!!
Favorite Dish: For a light lunch the soups are excellent and served with decent bread and I can personally recommend the stuffed field mushrooms. Whatever you have, this is all good stuff and not too expensive for the quality - well worth dropping by on a sunny lunchtime:)
This is the latest addition (Nov 2007) to Exeter's ever expanding culinary scene and a very imressive one it is too! I just happened to be passing on my way to my Iron Bridge barbers' and noticed that what was formerly a closed-down Irish-theme bar suddenly had a new coat of paint (or should I say a new coat of stripes!). A quick glance at the menu was enough to convince my faintly-rumbling belly that in fact it was time for lunch.
The name "Tiger Bills" fits the proverbial bill (of fare) with the menu being composed of two entirely different halves - the Tiger being a comprehensive selection of Thai classics whilst the Bill is based on an equally classic American grill menu. Niether the twain meet tho', in as much as this isn't a "fusion" place, but there is nothing to stop you mixing and matching between the two halves - for instance you could start with "Thod muin plar" and have a New York Strip for your main. The Thai and American Combos also look good and would be great for larger parties in a Greek meze-fashion.
Service was absolutely excellent, decor a little on the trendy side for my personal taste and the food towards the expensive side - HA! but seeing as it was early days they were offering a 20% discount from Sunday to Wednesday and even tho' it was Thursday extended it for me, well that was the gratuity sorted then!
Favorite Dish: In addition to the main menu there is also a short specials menu of Thai dishes and for those that know me it will come as no surprise that that was what I headed straight for: Panang Goong with Jasmine Rice - good sized, perfectly-cooked king prawns in a flavoursome, slightly hot, creamy curry sauce with green beans and fresh lime leaves, accompanied by spot-on sticky rice and washed down with a bottle of Japanese Asahi beer (UK brewed unfortunately). Yep, an excellent lunch :)
The Well House, part of the next-door Royal Clarence Hotel, is first and foremost a proper old-fashioned Alehouse with a range of 6, mostly local, beers on draught plus all the usual bits that a pub should have.
It doesn't do food in the evenings but the lunchtime fare is well worth sampling. The menu is relatively short but nevertheless is pretty comprehensive covering all the usual pub culprits such as fish and chips, pye (sic) of the day, sausage and mash, ploughmans & etc but as befits food from a Michael Caines kitchen everything is done with an added touch of panache.
Perhaps not the cheapest place in town to eat but definitely one of the best for a good simple pub lunch and of course overlooking the Cathedral Green is a bit of a plus too!
Favorite Dish: Even tho' I do normally like a bit of variety when eating out I have found myself always ordering the smoked duck salad - it's just so delish: slices of flavoursomely smoked duck breast, perfectly pink with an interesting salad and a zingy hazelnut dressing makes for an excellent light lunch (HA and leaves plenty of room for the ensuing beers!).
This is a busy, buzzy restaurant in an interesting old building just off the city centre. All the Italian restaurant stereotypes are here from the red-checked tablecloths to the wicker Chianti bottles and the menu has all the staples from Pizza and Pasta through the usual culprits of Pollo ala Milanese, Veal al Marsala, Steak Diane and etc., but none the worse for that. There is also an excellent selection of fresh fish and seafood which changes according to the day's deliveries.
Staff are friendly, service informal and prices reasonable - most main courses around the 7 to 8 quid mark. I haven't gotten round to it myself but the 4.99 lunch buffet looks worth a try especially if you can grab an outside table on a sunny afternoon.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I opted for the Veal Marsala which was excellent, good sauce and vegetables, and whilst slightly on the expensive side was still pretty good value and washed down with a glass or two of the house vino the less than 20 quid bill perfectly acceptable.
Yep, well worth a visit.
After years of being a building site Princesshay became Exeter's brand new shopping centre in late 2007. The area was originally rebuilt in the 1950's as a pedestrianised shopping centre having been severly damaged during the Second World War blitzing of the city. The 50's architecture came under severe criticism then due to its obvious clashing with the historic buildings around the Cathedral and its side streets and the modern reincarnation too has come under contemporary critical fire.
Love it or hate it, the developers have at least attempted to blend the concrete, steel and glass of the buildings into the area by liberal use of wooden pannelling and by highlighting the remains of the old city walls.
One thing that they have succeeded in doing though, is that the centre of the mall is now home to a collection of continental-style cafes which, as soon as the sun comes out, burst out colourfully onto the square.
One such is Strada. This is part of a national chain, but none the worse for that. Those in charge have obviously researched their ingredients and the restaurants offer something that little bit different to the bog-standard. The menu covers the whole range of Italian offerings with sections for antipasti (starters), meat and fish, risotto, pizza and pasta, along with various sides and salads. Some of the dishes are the internationally familiar whilst others are regional local specialities and if it wasn't for the fact that the place is immediately recognisable as a chain, I would have been fooled by the menu into thinking I was eating proper Italian!
Service, certainly here in Exeter, was friendly and informal and my delish little waitress even even made a point of asking whether I would prefer to sit indoors as the early-June weather looked like taking a turn for the worse. Instead I opted for the ashtray!
Favorite Dish: I was looking for a nice simple lunch and the idea of pasta had stuck in my head and then I found this place. Perusing the menu the pasta choices definitely piqued the mental taste buds and so pasta it was. I went for the Orecchiette Salsicca e Broccoli, despite the fact that I had no idea what "Orecchiette" were, nor no idea how to pronounce it. The waitress (obviously well-trained) gave me the correct pronunciation and explained that the type of pasta meant "little ears".
So my "little ears" duly arrived tosssed through with very tasty Mantovana sausage, pancetta and broccoli, all dressed in a chilli butter sauce and finished with good fresh Parmesan. A glass of nicely crisp Pinot Grigot and that was my my nice simple lunch well-sorted!
Exactly what I was looking for and at about 12 quid (including tip) not too pricey either - well recommended!
UPDATE April 2011 Also worth looking out for is the £6.95 Lunch Menu. This is served Monday to Friday 12-5 and offers a well-balanced selection of main course dishes. On my last visit I opted for the "Stufato di Pesce" (pic #4) which is an Italian fish stew with clams, red mullet and baby octupus in a tomato sauce with fregola pasta grains. This was tasty and with a chunk of ciabatta made for another satisfying light lunch.
PS If you are being budget conscious the filtered water offered is a freebie.
Even though I cook for a living, or perhaps especially because I cook for a living, I like good simple fast food. I'm not a fan of MacDonalds (tho' I DO llike Burger King) but I am a fan of Subway.
OK It's a chain place, nothing fancy, but it is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and is cheap.
Here in Exeter there's three branches - Queen Street (between the High Street and Central Station), Sidwell Street (on the road heading out of town at the top end of the High Street) and on Cowick Street (just down from St Thomas railway station).
It's quite a simple system. You choose your bread, choose whether you want a six inch or twelve sandwich, choose your filling and whether you want it toasted. Then you can have it packed with as much salad as you want and dressed with a choice from about half-a-dozen dressings.
You'll find Subways all over the place and in general I always find the staff friendly and helpful and here in Exeter particularly so.
Favorite Dish: I like the "Italian BMT" (big, meaty and tasty) which is filled with pepperoni, salami and ham. I always opt for the Italian Herb and Cheese bread (freshly baked on the premises) and add the optional pepperjack cheese and have it toasted. Then a touch of lettuce, tomato, red onion, black olives, jalapenos, gherkins and dressed with whatever I'm in the mood for - sometimes the garlicky "Caesar", othertimes the "Hot Chilli".
I usually have a coffee too and get a freebie cookie (once again baked on the premises) and for about four and a half quid get a perfectly substantial, non-alcoholic, snack between pubs ;)
It was the smells wafting into the neighbouring beer garden of the Black Horse pub on Longbrook Street that provided my introduction to The Gourmet. I must have passed its front many times during my visits to Exeter but the “Fish and Chips” signage had always put me off giving it a try - generally speaking Chinese restaurants which market themselves as Chip Shops” tend to disappoint.
The aromas being expelled out the back however told a very different story - the onions, the garlic, the fresh ginger, a hint of chilli and the pervading pungency of 5-spice all combined to inform me that there was some proper cooking going on here.
I wasn’t even hungry, simply having dropped into the pub for a quick beer on a mild spring evening whilst waiting for my bus and had taken advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to relax and enjoy it in the garden.
This is a welcoming little takeaway which also has a couple of tables and a window-front counter for those who want to eat in (at no extra cost - plastic fork and napkin provided). On a Monday evening the place was relatively quiet but trade seemed steady with about half of the custom comprising members of the local Asian community - which is always a good sign.
Favorite Dish: For me the benchmark of a Chinese takeaway is its Singapore Noodles and here that benchmark was set high. Perfectly cooked egg noodles, with just a hint of bite, plenty of veggie bits, a good handful of prawns along with slivers of pork, chicken and duck, and seasoned with a definitive fresh spice mix whose chillies added kick without dominating the other flavours and completed with a splash of good soy sauce and a dribble of sesame oil.
Yep a pretty much ideal Singapore Noodles and being able to sit inside at the window was an added bonus as the dusk chill descended.
This has long been one of favourite quayside pubs as it has always stocked a decent pint of beer - enough said in that department - HIC!
It is also one of the best eating houses on the quay, offering simple, but good, pub food.
The location is perfect, overlooking the Exe Canal, but set back that little bit back so as you can enjoy both the waterside and the pretty girls passing - HIC!
Hey, Hey - I've always enjoyed this pub and in the winter it becomes very much a local's haunt but even during the summer with the tourists descended it keeps its individuality and still gets its regulars.
Favorite Dish: Simple is always good and for me my favourite is the Pork Pie and Chutney - both locally made and washed down with pint of local beer (ever changing) with the pretty girls passing and friendly staff looking after you.
Cafe Rouge is another of the chain restaurants which have taken up space in the new Princesshay shopping centre but even though it is part of a national chain I personally like its style.
The restaurant here seems to employ predominantly French staff (or maybe very good actors) and the menu, written in French and English, covers a sort of "Grand Cafe"-style set of offerings and so, along with the obviously themed decor and furnishings you can, with a little imagination, pretend you're sitting with a view of the Eiffel Tower instead of overlooking the square with the Italian-themed "Strada", the Portugeuse-themed Nandos and others of their ilk for neighbours.
However even though it is a chain most dishes are prepared in-house and the ingredients are sourced from French suppliers which gives the food a degree of authenticity. The wine and beer list too has a major French prescence (with a few Belgians on the beer side) and so the themeing is neither naff nor bland.
Service is laid-back and the dining room always has a pleasant buzzy atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: I'm a big fan of the Toulouse Sausages - these are substantially meaty, with a hint of smokiness, a distinct spiciness and the accompanying mash and onion gravy are usually excellent.
Not a big fan though of having to pay £2 for the bread - that kinda spoils the theming!!