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31 Castlegate

Posted by Elainehall1 on October 21, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (3)

http://www.31castlegate.co.uk/

 

 

 

We went to 31 Castlegate in York to celebrate Trevor's birthday and were suitably impressed. The place was fairly small, but pleasantly decorated. It was busy, but not too much. We could only have the table for 2 hours; although 2 hours was fine in one respect, I felt that the food was served too quickly (I would have liked a little longer between courses if I was given the option).

 

We went early evening to take advantage of the meal-deal (2 courses for £13.95). I had feta cheese salad and then chicken breast stuffed with Brie and sun dried tomatoes. I loved the starter, right up my street! Trevor had pork in sesame seeds followed by seabass. He said it was nice and light, with good flavours and would recommend it. As you can tell from the lack of enthusiasm from me I didn't enjoy mine as much as he did, but I'm not saying the food was poor, I just wished I had the fish!!!! But I wanted to try something a little different; I'll stick to fish next time.

 

We had a great wine with the meal (which cost almost as much as the 2 meals together); a Bordeaux. It was smooth, but fruity.

 

We would recommend this restaurant if you visit York!

 

 

 

 

Rick Stein's Chippy

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday saw us queue up for 35 mins in order to sample Rick's infamous fish and chips. I had children's fish gougons, whilst Trevor had good old cod. Both lots of fish were delicious, Trev says his was even better than Kongs!!!! I thought the chips weren't so good - lots of brown ones - but I didn't eat many chips anyway. Was it worth the wait... Yes, it was! The price was more than our local chippy (£8 ish for fish and chips), but that appears to be the going rate in Padstow. There is a variety of fish choice, salads and drinks (including a glass of wine), but I thought 35p for ketchup was a bit too much. You have to queue to order then wait whilst the order is made up (which is a shorter wait, about 15 mins).

There is the option to eat-in, but the queue was huge and not one group went in whilst we were waiting.

Funnily enough, the queue was far shorter on Saturday evening when we passed on our way to Paul's, for both the take away and restaurant.

Elaine


Nathan Outlaw's Seafood and Grill

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we had lunch at Nathan's place. The food was very good and lived up to its 2 Michelin Stars. I have to say the service lacked the usual Michelin Star sparkle, simple things like we weren't told what was on the plate and other tables were offered a jug of iced tap water (we paid for bottled!!). The restaurant was modern, but I thought the toilets also lacked Michelin Star quality (empty soap dispensers, cheap paper towels to dry hands on, etc); makes me wonder how often Michelin check up on these restaurants. But all that considered I would go back (the oysters were out of this world, the fish simply pan fried with the sauce in a side dish was deliciously light, but still tasty, and some of the best chips I've ever tasted).

Elaine

http://www.nathan-outlaw.com/nathan-outlaw-seafood-grill/seafood-grill-menu/


Paul Ainsworth's No, 6

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)



We went to No 6 to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary and it was a darn good choice! Loved it!!!! Paul doesn't need to worry about Rick Stein's domination of Padstow; his restaurant has it's own unique market. We would highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area (worth travelling to too).

The restaurant is beautiful and the food amazing; we even bumped into the man himself wearing his chef's whites (I certainly don't think Rick Stein cooked for us yesterday, probably not even in the UK). Service was superb; the waiter was chatty and very knowledgable; Paul obviously has a good relationship with his staff.

The highlight of our meal has to be the 'trip to the fairground'. It was worth waiting over 12 months to try! Everything was light and tasty, I didn't not like anything and Trevor even ate the honeycomb. 

My only negative is that it's not closer to home!!! :P

Elaine


http://number6inpadstow.co.uk/


Sorry photo is soooo dark, not enough light to take a decent photo.

Rick Stein's St Petroc

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Padstow could easily be renamed Padstein, there's everything here with the name Rick Stein on - Seafood Restaurant, cafe, deli, even a gift shop (amongst just a few). We decided to eat at St Petroc as we aren't big seafood lovers. The meal was delicious and reasonably priced. Portion sizes were pretty good, we left after two courses feeling full but not bloated. We would certainly recommend it. The only negative was that they ran out of orange juice and had to run to the Seafood Restaurant to get some.

Elaine


http://www.rickstein.com/St-Petrocs-Bistro.html


I'll posted photos ASAP 

The Three Fishes

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was our second visit to The Three Fishes. Once again the food and service was outstanding. We had a meal deal (2 courses for £11.50), although we did set out to have a sandwich :P We both had the same main (veal sausage, mash and onion sauce, basically), but it was the dessert that got us going. I can't remember names but mine was like a panacotta with passion fruit sauce and blueberries, whilst Trevor had orange and almond cake with mascarpone cream, both delicious (and I usually go for a starter and main)!!! It won't be our last visit now I know it's close to where Ryan plays his home matches.

Elaine

http://www.thethreefishes.com/

PS I'll add photos ASAP 

Pesto

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 30, 2012 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Had a successful shopping trip at the Trafford Centre yesterday (a couple of great sale bargains). We nipped into Pesto in The Orient for lunch. We've been lots of times before, but was rather disappointed this time. It wasn't very busy, but the staff were. The food was bland and they give us tinned tuna on our niçoise salad. We had a pizza, which I quite enjoyed (me not being a pizza-lover at all), and a chicken pasta with mascarpone and tarragon sauce (pale and uninteresting). We usually go to Pesto in the city centre and have always enjoyed it, let's hope it's a blip and they'll be back up to scratch next time we visit. 

Elaine


http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/

Jamie Oliver's Italian, Liverpool

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 3, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/

Saturday saw our first trip to Jamie's restaurant in Liverpool, Jamie is not the chef there, but inspires the food. We booked, but waiting time was only about 20 mins. I can't say it was a cheap meal, as such, but you get what you pay for. Trevor had Italian nachos as a starter; it was three cheese ravioli, deep fried and served with a salsa - we're going to have a go at making these ourselves at some point. I'm a sucker for bread, olive oil and balsamic; it was possibly the best bread selection I have ever had, ranging from a kind of popadom to foccatcha! We both opted for a wild rabbit pasta dish, which was very nice indeed, although far to much for my belly!! Trevor managed a pudding, a lemon tarte, got to say our lemon curd is far more zingy! We found the drinks expensive, £16 for a bottle of organic house wine, but if you sign up to the website they sometimes send you offers (we had a free glass of Prosecco with a main course) and I always ask for a glass of tap water. All in all, yes we would go again; maybe try the one in Manchester.

Elaine

Rosso, Manchester

Posted by Elainehall1 on June 24, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

http://www.rossorestaurants.com/mobile/index.html

We decided to try out the lunch menu, boy it was worth it! Under £13, with an option of a bottle of wine for under £6. We both had mozzarella wrapped in speck, with red onion jam; delicious. Trevor chose a chicken dish, whilst I went for lamb, both amazing. My lamb was a huge piece, would have fed the three of us on a Sunday! We didn't manage a dessert! I, of course, just had to have a Pornstar Martini, mmmmm... 

Elaine


31 Castlegate

Posted by Elainehall1 on October 23, 2011 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

http://www.31castlegate.co.uk/


We went to 31 Castlegate in York to celebrate Trevor's birthday and were suitably impressed. The place was fairly small, but pleasantly decorated. It was busy, but not too much. We could only have the table for 2 hours; although 2 hours was fine in one respect, I felt that the food was served too quickly (I would have liked a little longer between courses if I was given the option).

We went early evening to take advantage of the meal-deal (2 courses for £13.95). I had feta cheese salad and then chicken breast stuffed with Brie and sun dried tomatoes. I loved the starter, right up my street! Trevor had pork in sesame seeds followed by seabass. He said it was nice and light, with good flavours and would recommend it. As you can tell from the lack of enthusiasm from me I didn't enjoy mine as much as he did, but I'm not saying the food was poor, I just wished I had the fish!!!! But I wanted to try something a little different; I'll stick to fish next time. 

We had a great wine with the meal (which cost almost as much as the 2 meals together); a Bordeaux. It was smooth, but fruity.

We would recommend this restaurant if you visit York!