Meze is a new restaurant (2013) that brings a little bit of Turkey to Hull. The friendly staff are mainly (I think) Turkish and it was so much like a recent Turkish holiday there was even a mosquito on the wall!
This was an Italian restaurant prior to Meze taking the site over and the once orange walls have been painted cream and wall decorations are typically Turkish. The bare board floor remains and the seats at brown wooden tables are comfortable.
Service was very good - we were asked to choose where we wished to sit and when we chose a table near the open kitchen the waiter advised us it would be hot there and advised us to take a table on the far side of the room.
The menu uses authentic Turkish names but with a description and the waiters are happy to advise.
The kitchen is open to the restaurant and is clean and efficient.
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The toilets have been slightly improved since the change to Meze. Overall a very relaxed evening at just under £40 for the two of us including wine and coffee but no desserts.
Favorite Dish: We had a calamari starter that was slightly heavy on the batter but tasty. The main courses of large chicken breasts in a light sauce with chips were excellent. Extremely large portions and we could not finish the meals.
A large old house converted in to a restaurant - best described as rustic Italian - bare floorboards with dark wood table and chairs and plain walls with some pleasing artefacts and prints.
There is bar area in the far right corner and a wood oven in the left hand corner near the kitchens that pizzas are baked in.
The staff are young and friendly but the kitchen found it difficult to cope with orders on a busy September night (it was Freshers Week at the nearby university) and there was a 60 minute wait for even the starters. We were given complimentary coffee as a sorry though.
Parking is difficult - there is a car park but it is rather small and parking is best done where available on nearby streets. I got the impression most people had walked here.
The toilets are rather basic but clean.
NOW CLOSED BUT REVIEW RETAINED FOR MY OWN PURPOSES.
We had a window seat which had a view of the garish convenience store across the road so take an inner table.
Favorite Dish: Our starters were calamari with chilli jam and salad and a mushroom bake on granary toast. Main courses were sea bass and a calzone pizza. The calzone was packed with chicken and garlic and I could not manage to eat it all. Maureens sea bass was beautifully presented and came with potatoes and fresh vegetables.
Despite the wait, well worth waiting for such finely prepared food. £40 for the two of us with drinks but no dessert.
A large old house is the home of this Italian restaurant in nearby North Ferriby - on the A63, 6 miles west of Hull .
This used to be a first class restaurant but now all meals , with the exceptions of steaks, are two for one in pricing.
The restaurant looks a little tired - it is traditional 1990s décor and needs a revamp. The staff , with the exception of the bustling head waiter, all seemed as though they wished they were somewhere else on a Saturday night and food was literally dropped on to the table as the waiters rushed off.
Favorite Dish: We had salmon fishcakes and a prawn cocktail as starters. Main courses were a Steak Diane and a sirloin steak. Deserts were ice cream and tiramisu.
The food is quite good but service rather slow.
This is the most historic pub in Hull and dates from 1550. Famous for having Hulls largest number of malt whiskeys on sale and also for its Plotting Room - this is where in 1642, in this upstairs room, Sir John Hotham resolved to bar King Charles I from Kingston upon Hull. This act in turn triggered the English Civil War. It is a Grade 2 listed building and has some beautiful old tiled fireplaces, and became a pub in the late 1700s, after which a fire damaged the staircase and the ground floor. However it was restored and survived too the bombs of 1940 - 45.
The pub is reached by two passages - one from Silver Street and one from Bowalley Lane; They meet in a pleasant paved area where you can sit in fine weather.
Long opening hours too - to midnight every night and 01.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Favorite Dish: There is a good menu for food - main meals are traditional English such as steak and kidney pie or lamb and mint pudding but there are good sandwiches and snacks available too.
This old style coffee house is situated on an old quayside (it looks out still across the dock that houses Princes Quay shopping centre) and is a former merchants office building that still has many of the features of this old office. In the winter there are open fires and this is probably the most iconic coffee house anywhere in provincial England.
Seating is set over three floors and also in good weather in an outside area next to Princes Dock.
Disabled access is confined to the ground floor where the toilets are also situated.
The seating inside is a mix of chairs and tables and leather settees. Much better than national coffee chains (and they pay their taxes too so support local traders).
Favorite Dish: There are a wide range of coffees and also alcoholic drinks. Meals such as lasagne and sandwiches and cakes also available.
Bob Carvers is a famous Hull fish and chip restaurant and shop - it has two city centre locations - the most famous is the old town shop in Trinity Lane.
Popular for take away fish and chips but each shop also has a restaurant that also sell other foods such as sausages, pies and chicken products.
I would not say the fish and chips are the best in the city but they are acceptable - a little greasy perhaps. The staff are friendly and never too busy to talk.
If you want to experience a Hull legend buy some take away fish and chips from the Trinity House Lane shop and listen to the banter between the staff - chances are if you are not English you will find it difficult to follow but if you are you will love it.
A pie and mash shop in Hull. A small shop in the old town with a take away counter downstairs and a small seating area upsides.
A good mix of pies - the most popular seem to sell out - and beautiful mashed potatoes. Also stews, sandwiches , sausage rolls etc.
Good value - a meal costs less than £5.00.
Short opening hours - Monday to Saturday 11.00 to 16.00.
My first visit to a Princes Avenue restaurant - Lucca is an Italian restaurant close to Pearson Park and the last restaurant on a street full of restaurants as you leave the commercial part of the street.
The bar area is bright and colourful and seems to have a penchant for cocktails. The restaurant , entered via an entrance in the colourful glass wall is more subdued.
Bare brick walls and modern furniture is the theme with a ceiling covered by hundreds of old glass bulbs set decoratively in to the ceiling,
The food is Italian and the staff young Italians who are efficient and friendly. Spoilt by a serving hatch that gives views of the kitchen - a bit of a school dinners look,
However a minor point - this is an excellent place to eat.
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Favorite Dish: I had Rene D' Agnello (lamb kidneys with wild mushrooms, tomatoes, spring onions, coriander and a grain mustard sauce) as a starter and my partner had Terrin di Granchio e salome (Crab and smoked salmon terrine, with mixed leaves with horseradish cream.)
Mains were beef stroganoff and a seafood salad.
The food is well presented and beautifully cooked,
Not cheap but this is quality food with competition from many other restaurants within a short distance.
There are two dining options on crossing from Hull to Zeebrugge on the Pride of York (and its sister ship the Pride of Bruges).
We ate in The Brasserie on the way to Belgium - the restaurant is quite pleasant despite the fact it is on a ferry boat. There is an outer bar area and then through glass doors to a small restaurant with a mix of long bench seating around the inner wall and tables and chairs in the middle. The outer wall is glass and offers good views as you leave the Humber.
The staff are all Portuguese and speak good English and are efficient and helpful but not overpowering.
The bill for a meal , with wine and tea and coffee was £50 (18/3/13)
Favorite Dish: The menu is small - just 4 starters , 4 main courses including one vegetarian, and four desserts. However as this is a North Sea ferry this is understandable - the wine list is however quite extensive.
Good portions of food that is of good quality and well presented.
(On the return journey on the Pride of Bruges we are in the ordinary restaurant - slightly cheaper at £33 for two and with unlimited food and coffee/tea. Quite of a good standard and a very varied option)
A former pub, the Coach and Horses, now a Chinese restaurant on the main Hull to Beverley road at Dunswell.
Very attentive and friendly young staff - they must all be under 30 and a mix of Chinese and English staff who are beautifully dressed in traditional Chinese costumes for the ladies and coloured shirts and bow ties for the men.
The restaurant still actually looks like a pub and there is little Chinese decorartion but the standard is excellent and service first class.
The toilets perhaps let the restaurant down a little and need modernising but they were clean. There is a good size car park and even the chef came to say goodbye as we left. Highly recommended but do book as it is very popular.
Favorite Dish: We had a set meal for two called Hong Kong at £17.00 per head (we visited 9/2/13). This included several warm starters each and this was followed by pancakes with shredded duck and cucumber. The main course consisted of fried rice and three meals - sweet and sour pork, chicken and cashew nuts and another chicken dish. Desert was a simple ice cream. The portions are huge - the largest in the area and the food we could not manage was boxed up for us to bring home.
I informed the waiter of my allergic reaction to peppers and he ensured no peppers were included in our meal.
£44 for the two of us including drinks and coffee. Very good value.
A modern building in a parade of shops that does not inspire but well worth visiting for the standard and quality of food.
A medium size restaurant that has a beautiful tiled wooden floor with a small bar in the right hand corner. The tables are a good size but mainly pushed in to long rows for the many groups of people that choose to eat here. Consequently noise levels are high and if you want a quiet night out this is not the place to be.
The staff are mainly Italian who speak heavily accented English and they are sometimes difficult to understand but this is a minor point.
Clean restrooms and a lively scene in the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Sea food starter and salad to start with and this was beautifully presented. My main was a Calzone pizza that had the nicest and lightest base I have ever tasted and it was so huge I could not finish it.
Maureen had salmon in a light sauce with potatoes and fresh vegetables. We did not have desserts but the coffee was nice as was the English tea.
We were part of a large group but starters are under £5 and a main is generally under £10.
The Ferens Art Gallery has a very good cafe called La Loggia and it is open to everyone - not just those people visiting the gallery. There is a terraced area at the back of La Loggia facing Princes Quay - not the greatest view in Hull but it is cool overlooking the water on a hot day.
This is a busy cafe and it is sometimes hard to get a seat at lunchtime . The service is friendly and efficient - you order at the counter and drinks are brought to your table very soon after ordering.
There is an outside seating area in the summer looking out across the water Princes Quay stands on.
Not open Sundays.
Favorite Dish: The cafe is open form 10 to 4:30 ( only 4:00 on Saturdays) and the day starts with a breakfast menu and I like the muffins with bacon.
Lunch time sees the usual selection of baked potatoes , salads and lasagne amongst other things. However the baguettes come recommended and the sandwiches are filling.
Afternoons see an afternoon tea style menu.
The Country Park inn is situated on the shores of the River Humber just a stonesthrow away from the mighty Humber Bridge. As the name would suggest it is right in the heart of the Humber Bridge Country Park which offers some lovely walking trails as well as some bracing walks along the foreshore. We called in for a bite to eat and some drinks on the way to the ferry port in Hull which was only a further 15-20 minute drive down the road. Inside there are lots of seating areas giving the Inn a lovely spacious feel to it. We sat in the conservatory area and had a lovely view of the Humber bridge and shore. I ordered a Tuna Jacket potato off the varied menu. It came with a generous portion of side salad and was cooked to perfection. Other diners were tucking into some delicious looking meals too. I would definitely call back here if I were in the area and maybe factor in a walk in the Country park too.
Not an Italian person here in Hulls best Italian restaurant. The owner Darren was a builder and then ran the restaurant in the evenings for the first two years of the restaurants life but now runs this wonderful Italian restaurant full time.
The restaurant is a 10 minute journey from the city centre but worth finding on a busy shopping street. The restaurant is a lively restaurant and mainly consists of long tables for groups and small tables for two. Decor is simple with red walls with simple modern art and eating is quite an experience here - the place buzzes and if you want a relaxed meal this is not for you.
All the food is prepared freshly on the premises and the menu although standard Italian is adventurous and the food beautifully presented.
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Favorite Dish: We both had tiger prawn regina as starters and the prawns were large - the lobster and cream sauce was a wonderful texture and came with four slices of toasted bread.
For main courses we had beef stroganoff -strips of beef cooked with finely chopped onions, mushrooms, French mustard & cream. Beautifully presented - even the rice was nicley built in to a mound on the side of the plate.
This is England's largest Chinese restaurant and is in fact the largest restaurant I have ever eaten in anywhere. There are over 500 seats and seating is arranged over two levels and the window seats along the far side of the room have views over the River Humber and you can watch ships go by as you eat.
Unfortunately the location is awful - at the end of a soulless shopping park with undeveloped land to its front and east side - it will be developed one day but at the moment (December 2008) the area is an eyesore.
Friendly attentive staff and the manager often stops at tables to chat and this is a nice touch. Clean throughout with standard Chinese restaurant decor.
Good disabled access.
Favorite Dish: Three of us dined here on Christmas Eve and I had chicken in a honey and lemon sauce which was excellent. My son had special fried rice and his partner chicken in a satay sauce. The dishes unfortunately are not over large but well presented and full of flavour. The rice is brought separate to the main dishes and chop sticks are standard - you have to ask for a knife and fork.
Deserts OK but not a very imaginative choice.
The bill came to £46.80 for three for six drinks, three coffees, three deserts and three main courses. We visited on December 24, 2008.
We re-visited on March 19, 2009 - Mr Chu must have read my review - the portions were huge!