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Ricky 52 had organised a meal here, at one of his favourite restaurants for Friday night, where we had our own private room upstairs.
A large menu of mainly Turkish dishes, freshly prepared.
Between 10.00 -1500 Turkish breakfast (£5) Hot and cold sandwiches, Panninis, Pizza and Jacket potatoes are served.
Cold starters include olives (£2.75) mixed salad, hummus, Turkish feta cheese, Tabule, Dolma (stuffed vine leaves) (between £3 -£3.75) and mixed mezze for 2 (£7.50)
Hot Starters (£2.25 - £5.25) include Soup of the day, Albanian liver, Garlic mushrooms, Sauteed Tiger Prawns or Calimari
Main Courses Include Kebabs, Steak, burgers, chicken (£5.50 - £12.50)
Vegetarian casserole and kebabs (£5.50)
Pasta dishes (£4.50 - £6)
Barbecued Grilled Fish -Sea Bass, Salmon Fillet, Mackeral (£7 - £10)
Salads (£3 - £5)
There is also a Specials board.
Deserts will be listed by your waitress.
Licensed - Various wines, beers (I chose Efes) soft drinks, freshly squeezed juices (£2.00 - £2.75), milk shakes (£2.50 - £3) Ayran - Turkish yogurt drink similar to Indian Lassi - (£1.50 - £2.50)
Tea, coffee, Hot Chocolate (£1.50 - £1.60)
Also offer BYO (Bring Your Own) wine policy - not sure if there's a charge for corkage.
Take Away Service - Free delivery in 2 mile radius for orders over £12
Open Monday- Wednesday 10.00 - 21.00, Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 23.00 and Sunday 11.00 -21.00.
I'd certainly come here again when I'm next in Halifax. The food was excellent, and the staff were all friendly - the young waitresses coped very well with 20 VTers trying to decide what to eat and drink etc.
Favorite Dish: For my Starter, I shared a mezze (£7.50) with Royslaven - be warned, the portions are delicious but huge!!! Hummus, dolmades, Russian salad, Haloumi cheese, baked beans, olives, Stuffed Fila pastry 'cigars', warm pitta bread, and more - which I can't remember at the moment!
For my main course, I chose an Adana Kebab (£5.50)- spicy lamb shish, which came with rice, and salad - again, as you can see from my photo, they're not mean with the portions, and I'm afraid that I had to leave some, otherwise I would have exploded!
I washed this down with cold and crisp Efes beer (£3)
No room for desert, and I can't remember what the choices were- Didn't want to be tempted!!
All my food was delicious and well presented.
My one slight disappointment was that I'd asked for a Turkish Coffee to end my meal, Apparently this isn't on the menu. In hindsight, I guess that with the high standard of this restaurant, it wouldn't be feasible to make authentic Turkish coffee for individuals, unless there was sufficient demand.
However, the waitress came back and said they'd make me one! Probably not the best I've tasted, but 10/10 for customer service!!
Updated Sep 10, 2008
Address: 2 Coleridge Street Halifax HX1 2JF
Phone: 01422 355288
Saturday September 6, 2008
Our VT dinner Saturday night was held at LA TAVERNA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE located right inside the Wool Merchant Hotel.
The meal was £14.95 . Hans and I both had the avocado prawn salad for our starter and Bistecca (Sirloin Steak in a mushroom & pepper sauce) for our main course. The steak was a good size and delicious. They also served plates of seasonal vegetables and potatoes.
Selection of desserts and Italian coffee with fresh cream.
Hans and I also had on another night Carlo's ham and mushroom pizza which was delicious.
Their bar has an extensive selection of wines from around the world as well as popular beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Updated Sep 22, 2008
Address: Mulcture Hall Road Halifax
Phone: 01422 344999
Ricky arranged for us to dine at the BRANCH ROAD INN & RESTAURANT. What a wonderful place, with Old Yorkshire Pub charm and the food was absolutely delicious. The Sunday Buffet or "Carvery" as they call it, was £7.95 if you just had the Mains of which you could choose two.
The "Mains" included:
Roast - Beef - Pork - Gammon (Ham)
Steak & Kidney pie
Chicken Breast with tomato & Herb Sauce
Liver & Onions
Broccoli & Cream Cheese
I chose Roast Beef and Steak & Kidney Pie which were both delicious. Along with your "Mains" you could choose side vegetables, of which I chose roasted potatoes, cauliflower and buttered green beans.
Updated Sep 22, 2008
Address: Saddleworth Road Halifax HX 8NU
Phone: 01422 310152
UPDATE-AS FROM AUGUST 1ST 2010, THIS RESTAURANT HAS CEASED TRADING - HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOW OPERATING AT TEQUILA, WHICH IS NEARBY. (WE'VE BOOKED HERE FOR OUR VT MEET -FRIDAY NIGHT MEAL)
PLEASE DON'T RATE THIS TIP FOR LAS CUEVAS
- I'M LEAVING IT ON VT FOR THE PHOTOS FROM OUR VT MEET
This restaurant had only opened less than a week ago, and I nearly missed it!
Sunday night, a few VTers had stopped on from the 'Fish Chips and Mushy Peas' Weekend. I was starting to lag, and was still full from our excellent Traditional Sunday Lunch, and was torn between another night out (at the planned Chinese Buffet, where I would probably eat far too much) with my new VT friends, or getting an early night ready for our long day ahead on Monday. After walking round the streets of Halifax , looking at the buildings etc with Angiebabe, I'd decided to have a night in, with the option of joining the crowd for drinks later.
Ricky52 and Sheila arrived at the hotel and announced they'd found this place with Tapas!!!!
Plan B came into operation- After waving Ricky, Sheila, Hansi, Lori Pori, Stephanie, Gerry, Poons, Suet, Royslaven off, it was a quick shower and change, then a quick drink at the bar, while I waited for Angiebabe and a taxi.
The owner of the Hotel shook her head and said that it was 'in a rough area'
The taxi driver arrived promptly, but seemed surprised that we were heading to this area!
As we pulled onto the street he indicated 2 buildings that looked closed, I was wondering if we were in the right place, but I had their flyer in my hand.
Luckily, we soon spotted the restaurant, and its bright lights shining through the plate glass windows.
This was quite impressive - A wide staircase leads up to the dining area, subtle lighting illuminated the room and cave like ceiling. At one side was a huge bar, also comfy seating areas and a mezzanine. The food smelt wonderful!
It wasn't difficult to find 'our lot' The waitress quickly arranged a table at the end of their row.
Everyone was enjoying the food- Sheila was raving about the sardines, and sent some down for me to try- They were delicious-as fresh as if they'd just been landed! Some patatas bravas appeared too, which were tasty.
There were some language difficulties with ordering, but the staff were friendly, polite and helpful. I asked one of the waiters where he was from and was surprised when he said Istanbul, another claimed to be from China, but I wasn't sure if he was having a joke- it was quite dark.
While dining, a Screen showed Julio Iglasias in concert -(personally I prefer his son!!, but it was pleasant background music) Earlier there had been live music from a keyboard player.
Apparently the restaurant is the brainchild of its owner Farid Eatessami, who brought this former factory, that produced equipment for fish shops, with the intention of creating a restaurant, and hotel (not started yet), with emphasis on Spanish food and culture. As well as authentic food and entertainment, Salsa dances and Salsa/ Argentinian Tango classes are held here-check web site for details.
Prices are very reasonable-please check the website for menus and wine list.
Take Away service available
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 1700 hours (Doesn't state closing time)
Live Relaxing Music on Weds. Friday, Saturday & Sunday with international Compare KAMY
Large screen showing the Flamingo dancers & musical magic of Latin & Spanish entertainers
Disco every Friday & Saturday.
Favorite Dish: As I was still full from lunch, I decided to restrain myself and have a bowl of mixed olives, bread and Aioli and oil 'dips'
Angiebabe and I ordered a Tempranillo wine, and were surprised when 2 glasses of white wine appeared, even though we'd pointed to this red wine on the menu - This was changed easily, with no problem.
The olives were delicious, and came with small slivers of garlic (and 1 large piece, that I'd mistaken for lemon peel) The bread was fresh and had a nice flavour- I think I detected a hint of aniseed/caraway? The aioli was fresh and had pieces of raw finely chopped garlic.
One place to definitely return to!!!
Updated Aug 26, 2010
Address: 30, Lister Lane, Halifax HX1 5AX
Phone: 01422-330776 / 07876
When we were checking out the location of the Bus Station, we noticed a cute little restaurant right next to the Station. It was called PLAZA CAFE' & RESTAURANT. It advertised a Senior Special which for £5.50 , you got fish n' chips, mushy peas or garden peas, bread & butter and a pot of tea. We made a note of it and went a few days later to try it out. It advertised that it was open until 7:00 p.m. and we came at 5:45, but alas, the fryers were turned off right at 5:30 p.m. Disappointed, we said we'd be back. OK, so we went back another day, this time at 4:45 and indeed ordered the Senior Special which was delicious and good value.
Updated Sep 22, 2008
Address: Wade Street
If you are in the mood for Turkish delight, you have to try the family run CAFE' PASSION the restaurant choice for our Friday night VT dinner.
We were given the upstairs room, which was cozy and intimate. The room sat about 20 people. It was bright, cheery and decorated in reds and blacks.
This Gourmet Turkish Restaurant offers mixed grill kebabs, stuffed olive leaves, feta & Haloumi Cheese, lamb dishes and also pasta, steak and chicken dishes.
Hans and I had for our Sicak Mezeler - hot starter - Hellim or Haloumi cheese, which is fresh Cyprus cheese grilled (£4.50 ). I found it quite dry and tasteless.
For our main course, we both had Meatballs in a tomato sauce (£9.50 ) which was very good. It came in a large bowl, with about six large meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce.
Visit their website for more information about their extensive menu.
Updated Sep 22, 2008
Address: 2 Coleridge Street Halifax
Phone: 01422 355288
Say Turkish and you think cheap kebab place with chips. Be prepared to be astounded. This is a gourmet Turkish restaurant with healthy portions, low prices and food to simply die for. Recommended by Ricky52, VT Meeting tested and approved and reviewed by me – this is a restaurant not to miss! Have the prawn (shrimp) hot starter. First – they are big fat prawns, they come in a delicious sauce and there’s a lot of them! The food is made with only the best ingredients available and prepared to absolutely mouth-watering perfection. It’s family run, but by a family who know how to cook and offer excellent service. This place is what so many UK restaurants are not. A complete dining pleasure without the need to declare bankruptcy or go to MacDonald’s on the way home because you are still hungry. Top marks from me! I would rate is as one of Britain’s restaurants for food and value.
OPENING HOURS Mon-Wed 10am to 9pm, Thu-Sat 10am to 11pm, Sunday-functions only
Favorite Dish: The following descriptions are lifted off their menu. I enjoyed every bite of this starter and main course washed down with cold diet coke (I had to drive).
IKarides Tava - Sautéed Tiger Prawns
Tiger prawns sautéed in butter, garlic, mixed herbs combined in a special tomato sauce
Karisik kebap - Mixed kebab
An assortment of kebabs including cop shish, adana kebab, chicken shish & doner, served with salad
Updated Sep 11, 2008
Address: Cafe Passion, 2 Coleridge Street, Halifax, HX1 2JF
Phone: 01422 355288
Fancy some good fish and chips with mushy peas and a good bottle of wine? AJ's is a family run restaurant and can offer up to 60 hungry people a nice setting to have a good fried fish supper and a few adult beverages as well. In addition to plaice and haddock, they also offer fish stews, sometimes moules mariniere and a few burger and vegetarian options. Its interior is bright, modern and welcoming. The staff are super nice and very helpful. They also offer a takeaway service as well as restaurant dinning. They have special offers, including 2 for 1 offers on Wednesday evenings and discounts for OAPs'.
Opening hours: Restaurant 11.30am - 8.30pm 7 days a week. Take-away 11:30am - 9:00pm 7 days a week.
Large Haddock and chips. Then a sprinkle of salt and drown the chips in vinegar. Wash it down with a cold beer.
Updated Sep 2, 2012
Phone: 01422 846755
Sunday night dinner was at a brand new restaurant called LAS CUEVAS which means The Caves. The restaurant was decorated to resemble being in a Cave (like the Nerja Caves in southern Spain). There were colourful murals on the wall, depicting Spanish themes. They wanted to make customers feel like they are on holiday with special touches like Patio Umbrellas. Live entertainment was provided by a keyboard player and when he took a break, a big screen TV showed videos from Julio Iglesias crooning away. They also had a large, impressive bar.
The restaurant offers Tapas, paella, salsa, sangria and wine.
Hans and I each had Tapas (£4.95) and a side order of patates Bravas (potatoes £2.95) and also ordered a litre bottle of Sangria (£11.50) which was smashin'. It was so fruity tasting that you didn't even notice you were drinking alcohol (until I found myself talking funny).
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 5:00 p.m.
Updated Sep 22, 2008
Address: 30 Lister Lane Halifax HX1 5AX
Phone: 07876 787 420
This great little Pub is tucked away behind a Large old mill complex
Dates from 1664 and is on what was once the main road between Halifax and Huddersfield
Good food great beer and friendly people make this a pub well worth visiting.
Updated Apr 28, 2009
Address: 1 Paris Gates, Halifax, HX3 9EZ
Phone: 01422 362936