Jam Cafe: Jam Cafe
Jam Cafe is a very nice and independently run cafe in central Nottingham. They offer good food for a good price. The walls are decorated with old records and pictures and the TV shows NYC movies without sound. All in all a very nice place to be!
Favorite Dish: I had the soup de jour which was Tomato & Basil Soup. Highly recommendable!
Kean's Head (Revisited): Quality pub grub
Onw of the excellent Castle Rock (a local brewery) pubs, always a good pint in their pubs and here very good food too.
A quiet Monday afternoon visit for us, good selection of ales for me and a kriek for Mrs B, both happy there then!
Vegetarian antipasto for herself and ploughmans lunch for me, both nicely prepared and presented and extremely tasty.
Well worth a visit.
Canalhouse: Boats included!
Well, the only pub I've been in that has a canal inside! certainly unique.
It's one of the Castle Rock chain of pubs in the Nottingham area so, as ever, a good choice of beers, both foreign and locally brewed real ales. The ones we tried were excellent, sadly the food not really anything to write home about though. Interesting menu to choose from but the patatas bravas and lamb kofte were not very authentic, pizza for Mrs Bonio better recieved, I guess it's down to your own taste.
Certainly be back for a beer!
Scruffy's: Food for all
A lovely restuarant that manages to be both large enough for a great atmosphere and small enough to be cosy.
You can sit on a small table for an intimate meal or theres larger tables for big groups.
There is a variety of foods such as lasagne, pastas, lots of starters, vegetarian options etc... and a choice of deserts including the very sweet deep-fried Mars Bars!
The portions are very generous and the prices are good, i'd say average, similar to the price in any of nottingham's popular restaurants.
Hint - its called 'Scruffy's' so don't worry about getting really dressed up, i saw people there wearing a dress and heels but also people wearing jeans and trainers.
Jas Cafe: Jass Cafe
This coffee shop is attached to the Jass interiors shop which sells some funky gadgets. There are different areas you can sit & sip lovely coffee & think my house could do with this they stock tables, chairs, lighting almost anything you can think of.
There are tables outside with a very pretty little central garden & one would never guess you're on a busy main pedestrian street - the perfect hideaway.
For me the coffee was a good hangover cure
The Larder on Goosgate: The Larder on Goosgate
My goal was to seek out a delicious sunday roast in Nottingham & I think we found a hidden gem in the trendy Hockley district. The decor of the restuarant is in keeping with the grade II listed orginal Boots chemist shop, the walls are neutral creams & greens. Chandeliers adourn the ceiling & complement the chesterfield sofas.
They do a special of 3 courses for £14.95 & even though I am not a dessert person I could not bear to leave without indulging in their bread & butter pudding. For starters I had the skylark goats cheese, broad bean, mint & rocket salad followed by the best roast beef with all the trimmings. The portions were very adequate and extremly tasty.
The staff were helpful & you could tell that they do not over-order & reheat as once it is gone its off the menu & we were one of the last tables to leave.
Tues - Sat they do a lunch & dinner and sunday lunch is from 12 - 2.30pm
4550 miles to Delhi: Mixed feelings about this place
As you walk in you there is a warm buzzy feel to the place. It was busy and despite the fact that we hadn't booked a table we were soon seated. There is plenty of choice on the menu, our order was soon taken. Our starters and drinks arrived fairly quickly. after we finished our starters. We sat there and waited and waited. We stacked the plates up in the middle of the table (there were 5 of us) and waited. I actually took pictures of this and we still waited. We tried to get someones attention to order drinks and to find out about our food.
We were told that it had been less than an hour that we had been waiting. We were told that a table of 17 had walked in and we would have to wait. They came in after we had ordered. We were also told that as we had ordered starters we have to wait longer for our main meals to arrive. The manager came over and knocked our drinks of the bill and said our food was just coming. Only the food was for another table. Our food arrived and I discovered that my Lamb Dansak had no chilli in it at all. I was offered a plate of chilli to put in it or to have a new dish made. So the dish of chilli was brought over and the same time my dish was taken away. So I was left with rice and a plate of chilli. Everybody else had their food, but most were lacking knife and forks that had not been replaced from our starters. I did get my dish back.
When we got the bill we asked for a discount as we felt that the service and quality of dishes was not worth the full price. We were told that we had not been charged a service charge (which I had not seen stated on the menu). We said that we would not be tipping anyway. We were given a 20% discount.
It was a shame, as far as I know this place has been open a couple of years and is michelin recommended. I am not sure that I would come back.
My dish was brought back and
Favorite Dish: Seekh Kebab starter was very good. Lamb Dansak was missing the chilli! No heat to it at all.
Price's for main dishes vary from £6-£15
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World Service: Stylish
World Service is Nottingham's most exclusive restaurant. It won the Nottingham Restaurant of the Year award in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. But, you can still eat a reasonably-priced lunch here, as long as you reserve a table. A 2-course lunch costs £12 and a 3-course lunch £16.50. The clientele tend to be wealthier members of the local business community, but the atmosphere is not stiflingly formal. Don't feel obliged to wear a jacket and tie, for example.
Favorite Dish: The roast lamb is superb. And, if you like a rich dessert, try the hazelnut chocolate torte with lemon ice cream. Delicious!
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Saltwater: Rooftop bar restaurant
Saltwater Restaurant, at the top of the Cornerhouse is a pleasant place to eat and drink on a summer evening. There is a terrace bar, with a nice atmosphere. The food is above average, with an emphasis on modern British cuisine. If you eat before 7pm, you can get 2 courses for £6.95 and you can also get a 50p discount on any pint of beer, which as they serve delicious draft Kronenbourg weiss beer, is the drink I favour when eating here.
Favorite Dish: The parma ham and cheese salad is a tasty starter.
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Nine Spices: Zest and style Indian buffet
It's the delightful design of this restaurant that makes it so special. Situated in a basement, the room blazes a joy of colour inspired by the colour of Indian spices, turmeric, paprika, saffron, cayenne...
It's a buffet restaurant and there are a good number of well made dishes, nicely spicy with good ingredients.
The freshly made naan and selection of starters was brought to our table by delightfully hospitable staff.
Favorite Dish: It's hard to choose just one dish as there were so many available and I had a little of several. My litmus test of a good Indian restauarnt is the quality of the naan and vegetables. WE were not disappointed!
Nottingham Castle Cafe: inside or on the terrace?
The restaurant is small but offers snacks for visitors to the Castle. On a sunny day the terrace woukld be ideal, but the chill wind took us indoors. Soup was a good idea on such a cold day [tomato and basil with a roll £4], quiche or chicken and bacon sandwich £6. Tea £1.50 and scone £2
Favorite Dish: The basil and tomato soup was delicious
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Cafe in the courtyard: the stableyard at Woollaton Park
The cafe at Woollaton Park is very popular with mothers of young children, elderly people and students. utside is pleasant except that we found it too chilly, so moved indoors.
There was a selection on the menu and we opted for Warm Chicken and Bacon Salad ; and I had Homemade Spicy Beef Chili with Nachos.
Favorite Dish: my Chil with Nachos was very nice indeed
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Riverbank: Much, much, better elsewhere
Go again? No chance.
The most disjointed service I have ever experienced, with up to 5 different staff attending your table, (all out of sync with each others deleiveries / takings away etc); small, bordering on pretentious portions, and the worst wait for service I really can remember in over 25 years off adult dining (50 minutes at one point, and no-one seemed to want to produce the asked for bill, nor take the money when it did arrive).
Also, a really noxious smell of sewage in the gents, so much my youngster gagged to the point of throwing up.
And don't get me started on the £3 for a lemonade...
Clientelle? A mix expected I suppose for that location, a mix of riverbank walkers (us included), with / without families, a few 'I have heard it's new so must get dolled up to be seen there and then tell all n sundry that I have been', and a few folk (perhaps from the nearby Meadows?), who would have been more at home in a ' 2 for a fiver' establishment.
£44 for 1 starter, 2 adult mains, and a childrens main btw!
Favorite Dish: The haddock WAS a very good sized portion, (shame the beer batter was sans any beer taste though), and the spoon of peas was just that, a desert spoon full at best.
My daughters homemade burger WAS one of the bext tasting quality burgers any of us could remember.
The rissotto: a strange, almost aniseed after taste, and again, another small portion.
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A lunchtime visit, several real ales to choose from (tasters no problem) and a full menu on the blackboard.
Enjoyed a very tasty steak and ale pie and a couple of pints too. Good place to visit.
Looks like live music most weekends, a re-visit must be on the cards soon I think.
The Banyan Tree: Style? over Substance
I've wanted to visit this restaurant for a long time. It's my daughter's favourite and she keeps telling us how wonderful it is.
We went last night (wednesday) and first impressions were good, it's a very attractive restaurant with a nice, modern decor. The music was a bit intrusive - a medley of bollywood numbers that was too loud.
We were seated by the bar and offered drinks while we looked at the attractive and varied menu.
I eventually chose the chicken vindaloo and my wife had a king prawn dish from the 'chef's specialities'
We decided to have the non vegetarian starter to share, some popadoms with the optional extra pickles, and to accompany our mains we had pilau rice, and aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower) and a stuffed paratha.
I always choose a basic curry on my first visit to a new place, because from the quality of that I feel able to judge how well the chef is likely to prepare the more exotic dishes.
Our popadoms arrived and we were guided to our table. The extra pickles that I'd ordered were not there and it took a couple of attempts before the lady that was seating us understood what I wanted.
I didn't rate the pickles at all. The mint riatha was plain nasty and the chilli and ginger tasteless.
I finished my drink, and was not offered another for at least 15 minutes..I know I could have asked, but the place wasn't busy and I wanted to see how attentive the waiters were. Perhaps it didn't help that we'd been seated quite a distance from the bar/serving area.
Our starter arrived and it was cold. It was a selection of the meat starters from the menu and without exception, every item on the platter had been overcooked and was tough and dry. The salad that accompanied it was miserable, a few strands of shredded cabbage.
We were not asked if we had enjoyed the starter.
Our mains arrived and, quite honestly, I was staggered. It was hot, at least, but my vindaloo had no flavour whatsoever and the chicken was dry again. I tried a bit of the sauce from my wife's dish - a vague taste of coconut, but not much else. The bhaji was the right colour, but again tasted of absolutely nothing. The paratha was wafer thin and had the look - and taste - of a circle of cardboard.
The absolute final straw though were the king prawns that were the main event for my wife. They looked magnificent but hadn't been cooked! They were raw in the middle.
We stopped eating after only a coupleof mouthfulls and asked our waiter (luckily he was resetting a neighbouring table) to clear the dishes and bring the bill. I explained that we thought the meal was unsatisfactory in every respect (well, the rice was OK) but would pay the bill and just never return.
The head waiter appeared and apologised to my wife, saying that the chef had made a mistake (with one of his 'specialities'?) and forgot to slice the prawns in half, which had led to them being undercooked.
As a consequence of this, he was not going to charge us for them.
What about the rest of the meal? He assumed, I suppose, that my wife could have just eaten the rice and bhaji on their own and, therefore, should have to pay.
No mention was made of the fact that I had returned my meal almost untouched as well.
The bill arrived - and was presented to my wife!?! We paid it and left.
I really did have high hopes for The Banyan Tree, I absolutely love finding a good Indian restaurant - and everything about this place says it should be good.
It's in the middle of nowhere, so it won't get any passing trade but must rely on quality and value.
For me, I'm afraid, it was very much a case of style over subtance - and there wasn't that much style.
Avoid. Like the plague.
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