Wings International: All you can eat central Chinese
Its a Monday lunchtime and the queue to get in is taking 15 minutes to move down from street level to the basement restaurant. That explains how popular this new 2014 restaurant is - less than £5 for all you can eat (more in the evenings) and as you enter the huge cavernous eating area it really is amazing. This used to be an Argos store and this was presumably the storage area - in the centre the help your self dishes - many, many and varied. Along one wall a counter with chefs making food for you as you ask.
The staff are busy and friendly - a mix of Chinese and English staff. The restaurant is clean and décor basic but all people want is to eat as much as possible for a few pounds and they are not looking at the décor.
Recommended - the best all you can eat buffet in Hull.
Favorite Dish: Typical Chinese all you can eat buffet food but there also Italian, British, Indian and Japanese dishes. It is well presented and was hot - it was constantly been replenished and never had the chance to stand for long.
The restaurant also has Hulls first moving sushi line.
The pancakes made by the chefs are good and the range of desserts imaginative - most Chinese restaurants fail here but not Wings.
The Real China: Chinese in St Stephans
This is a fairly standard , all you can eat Chinese restaurant and one of several across England in a chain of restaurants. Rather cramped and the tables are quite close together but very clean and the staff thoroughly cleaned all surfaces and grills etc. at the end of the night. The staff are all young and friendly but many had very limited English and we found them hard to understand ,as they did us.
A nice touch is a £2 drinks price with unlimited top ups. A bad touch is no tea or coffee at the end of the meal. Wine was rather expensive but acceptable quality.
Favorite Dish: A small range of starters and also main courses. Not great quality - the batter was heavy on some dishes and unbelievably some noodles we had were burnt! All the standard basics are here but a very limited range - far less than other similar restaurants. Desserts are ice cream or gateaux.
There was certainly enough to keep us going back for more and we were never pressured to leave.
Total bill including two large glasses of wine was just over £25.
Ciao Bistro: Best Italian food in Hull
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.
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.
Wok So Ever: Chinese in Cottingham
We have eaten here several times recently and it never fails to disappoint - it is always busy and you must book to get a table at the weekends. There are also Chinese people eating here and that must be seen as recommendation. A modern restaurant with a bar area slightly separated from the actual restaurant in a passageway and then when you are taken to the restaurant you find a large dining room with a cloak room and open plan kitchen where you can see the food prepared. The toilets are clean and the staff who are all Chinese (apart from the lady in the bar) are all helpful if sometimes a little difficult to understand. The lady who is the head waiter has been here for some years and is a perfect hostess - always helpful and keen to help.
There is little ambience - this a high turnover restaurant and appeals mainly to groups but there are also smaller tables. A downside is the recent introduction of a singer on Saturday nights - if you want a quiet place to eat this is not for you.
Favorite Dish: We always choose the banquet for two priced at under £20 per head but very worth the cost. Its pretty standard Chinese fayre but cooked and presented well. The staff will substitute dishes if for example there are dishes in the banquet you do not like. Desserts very limited too but this is standard in Chinese restaurants I think.
New in 2013 is an extensive Sushi menu and I must try this in 2014. As yet sushi has not made an appearance in the Hull area and this is a first I think here.
Piola: Italian in Newland Avenue
My first visit to a Newland Avenue restaurant - we were part of a large party of people having a Christmas meal here at Piola. Therefore the menu was a special Italian Christmas menu with three choices in the starter, main and dessert courses. Priced at £24.50 per head this was really overpriced for what was available and also the area - Newland Avenue is my favourite suburban Hull shopping street but you have to remember it has Sainsburys Local, Tesco Express, Boots and charity shops and many take away food shops and £24.50 is unrealistic , in my opinion, for the area.
The restaurant is on two levels and used to be a furniture shop. It still looks , upstairs at least, like a shop that has had tables and chairs and a bar put in. There is no wall décor , bare board floors - disappointing on this level. The staff are efficient and friendly and the toilets clean.
Favorite Dish: The starter was a small piece of chicken with salad, the main a small round piece of turkey with a stuffing top surrounded in its bowl by some vegetables and potatoes in a thin gravy and the dessert a small piece of chocolate pudding. I went home hungry.
Meze: Turkish delight in Hull
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.
Antico Forno: Rustic Italian
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.
Medicis: In North Ferriby
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.
Ye Olde White Hart: Historical pub
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.
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McCoys: Old style coffee house
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: Hulls most famous fish and chips
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.
Pie: London comes to Hull
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.
Lucca: Near Pearson Park
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.
The Pride of York: On the North Sea
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)
China Red.: Large appetite needed at this Chinese restaurant
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.
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