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Thu 12-May-11
12:46 pm
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Danny
Scarborough, England
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From time to time all of us enjoy an especially good meal or even a single dish while dining out. I thought it would be worth while to record our recommendations. Who knows - they may be useful to others when passing through a locality.

Probably best to stick to positives only. There are numerous dodgy joints so let's pick the best ones.

Kicking off with Zia Nina, an Italian restaurant just down the hill from the train station in Bridgend. Usually I dine in my hotel but on my last trip i decided to walk the 1.5 miles into the town centre for a change.

What caught my eye initially was the blackboard outside on the pavement that boasted early specials between 6 and 7 pm. I love to eat early when I am away from home so this was perfect. From memory, it was something like £9 for two courses and £12 for three. My expense allowance is £25 for evening meals so that allowed for a bottle of water and a glass of wine or two within budget.

The decor was simple, the staff friendly and I enjoyed the food so much that I returned two evenings later. My favourite starter was a skewer of grilled seafood. Imaginative and very tasty. I had the same main course twice: Chicken breast Romano - poached chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce. Two big glasses of their lovely house red washed it all down.

But the star was the tiramisu. I have been disappointed so many times by tasteless and pudgy offerings in the past that I tend to avoid tiramisu these days. But Zia Nina manages to deliver a dream version. It was absolutely smashing.

My bill for three courses, a bottle of water and two big glasses of wine was £23.20

That is the best value for great food that I think I have ever experienced.

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Thu 12-May-11
12:53 pm
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Toffeeapple
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That's a good price Danny.  We ate at a local pub last night, we've eaten there quite a lot so we were very surprised with the offerings lat night.  I won't name them as I;m sure it was just an off night but you can see and read HERE.  I used my phone camera so the pictures are a bit dodgy.

I'll try that again!

Thu 12-May-11
1:54 pm
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That sounds absolutely disgusting, TA. Disgraceful.

What can you do in a situation like that? Refuse to pay? I really don't know.

On Mothers Day we were seated just beneath the coffee station mills. When they ground the coffee the racket was deafening. MIL age 91 did not complain but I was furious. I had intended writing to the manager afterwards but forgot about it. doh

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Sat 14-May-11
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I went to a new Thai restaurant on Thursday night. It's on  Walmgate in York called KhaoSan Rd if any of you are ever in the area.

 It was really very good, we all had starters then main courses wirh extra rice and spicy potatoes to share, 3 liqueur coffees (not 3 each)  and a pot of tea, plus 2 bottles of really good wine, came to£30 each with tip included, so not too bad really.

Quite a small restaurant, so quite intimate, nicely decorated, staff friendly and attentive but not in your face, good selection of starters and mains, but as is usual for Thai restaurants, nothing to write home about on the pudding menu. I could have just eaten a nice refreshing ice cream, something like the lime and coconut one that I talked about a few months ago. Maybe I should make some for them and take it in to sample...suggest they add it to the menu.

Sun 15-May-11
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We don't go to 'proper' (ie non-chain) restaurants very often, apart from Chinese or Indian restaurants. A few weeks ago we went to a place called Bombay Joes, in Coventry. We were walking along the road looking into the different restaurants, trying to decide where to eat. This place looked good and the prices seemed ok so we went in.

We started with the traditional poppadoms with chutneys. For the main course we shared a South Indian Garlic Chilli with chicken and a Chicken Dansak. For side dishes we had pilau rice, chilli naan bread and Tarka Dahl. The curries were both very nice - the first was one of the restaurant 'specials' and had huge pieces of garlic in the sauce. The Dansak was described as 'sour and sweet and fairly hot' and we hoped the heat would offset any sweetness. The end result was well balanced without any obvious sweet or sour flavours. The Dahl was very smooth and buttery - we would never dare to add that much ghee into a meal but somehow when you eat out it seems ok.

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Mon 16-May-11
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Shereen
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I met a friend for lunch last week, and as he hadn't been in Belfast for years I suggested The Garrick Bar, Belfast. It's a traditional pub at the front and a lovely little restaurant in the back bar.

I went for the soup and sandwich combo " opting for the roast beef, rocket and shaved parmesan in white bloomer bread, with thick pea and ham soup. Delish.

Lunch mate had the Oisin venision burger with chunky chips and declared it amazing. He said the Guinness was pretty good too 🙂 I like The Garrick because they're one of the few places in Belfast that has a cider menu so I can get a decent pint. Except at lunchtime when I'm heading back to meetings all afternoon.

It's a place I'll definitely go back to.

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