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Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

As returning customers to the amazing Michelin star food of Restaurant Sat Bains (2 Michelin stars) I thought ‘can this really be as good as last time?’ By the end of my 10 course tasting menu I discovered it wasn’t as good as our last […]

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men Review

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men Review

The Venue: Nestling behind the shiny disc-covered building that is home to Selfridges in Birmingham you can find the Original Patty Men. The self-proclaimed ‘patty pimps and purveyors of filth!’. These are brilliant burgers in Birmingham. A firm favourite of the cities street food scene […]

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam Review

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam Review

There are many things you can do in Amsterdam but for me what could be better than an evening in the beautiful dining room of recently renamed (from Librijes Zusje) Spectrum  enjoying wonderful Michelin star food 
 
 

The Venue:

The restaurant can be found in the elegant Waldorf Astoria Hotel, overlooking the perfectly manicured gardens of the beautiful canal-side building. If you have time arrive early and pop in the Vault Bar for a drink. You guessed it, the bar is a former bank vault and is found on the lower floor of the hotel. It even has the old safety deposit boxes for wall decoration, some of which (rumour has it) are still unopened!

The Menu:

Librije’s Zusjue is outstanding. The food is without doubt some of the most exciting, interesting and delicious that we have ever eaten. We go for the chefs tasting menu- 7 amazing courses including a couple of ingredients that I had never heard of before and never mind tasted. Heard of Sepia anyone? Anyway, all of the ingredients and combinations make perfect sense.
 
24 hour slow roasted beef short rib picked from bone and then crisped and served under thinly sliced carabineros shrimp with a good kick of heat from roasted bell pepper and ginger, then cooled down by watermelon is a simply sublime plate of food.
 
The other major stand out dish was the perfectly cooked duck. Pink with crispy skin which is artistically plated alongside aubergine, coriander, tulip (we are in Holland after all), pomegranate and black olive.
 
The courses are all excellent and the menu flows with exciting moments at all stages. Mystery surrounds the table decoration-is it a flower? Sponge? Ceramic ? What do you think ? It is in fact a mushroom (tremella)which is eventually used in the dessert course ! I loved this idea. So tasty and so much fun with the front of house team enjoying the mystery with diners.
 
 

Chocolates:

The chocolates at the end of the meal are stunning. Shiny dots of pleasure which repeat the flavours of the menu. You simply match the colour of the chocolate to the colour on the menu and the flavour mirrors some of the elements from each course- amazing! Another thoughtful and inventive touch from a restaurant truly at the top of its game.
 
 

Enjoying Wonderful Michelin Star Food:

World class cooking and service all the way. If you love food this place is simply a must when in Amsterdam.
 
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Simple Carrot Tagine Recipe- Delicious Carrot and Chickpea Tagine

Simple Carrot Tagine Recipe- Delicious Carrot and Chickpea Tagine

This simple carrot tagine recipe is one of my favourites for a tasty, healthy, vegetarian treat. Ingredients:  This list looks long but its very easy I promise! 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil 1 finely chopped onion 3 garlic cloves 2 teaspoons of turmeric 2 teaspoons […]

Sheffield Restaurants- Thyme Cafe Review

Sheffield Restaurants- Thyme Cafe Review

Home Sweet Home: Returning to my home city is always a pleasure, especially when I have a chance to visits the Sheffield restaurants. This time The Thyme cafe. Found in the Broomhill area of the city, this busy, friendly bistro is clearly a firm favourite […]

Where to Eat in Norwich- Farmyard Review

Where to Eat in Norwich- Farmyard Review

Want to visit a lovely, relaxing city that also happens to have a wide range of exciting and quality places to eat? Read on for our recommendations of where to eat in Norwich. 

Farmyard:

Farmyard restaurant,  just a stone’s throw away from the excellent Benedicts on you guessed it Saint Benedicts street. Our choice of venue was inspired by a favourite food writer describing a chocolate dessert in the Saturday paper a few weeks back. These are the the small things that can set you on the path to a good meal. Farmyard is a large, light and airy dining room with a superb view into the open kitchen. 

The Set Lunch:

The set lunch menu is great value at two courses for £15 or 3 for £19. Also available is the a la carte menu but I opted for the set lunch. My main course was a tasty combination of roast hake, dashi, noodles and shiitake perfect for a summer lunch. 

foodie tour of Norwich

Chilled rice pudding to follow, served with almond and plum granita which was refreshing and cool. This represented outstanding value for food of this quality. 

A La Carte

Going a la carte, Mel wasn’t disappointed either. Her main course (black truffle & hazelnut gnocchi, mushroom purée & mushrooms) was a delight and full of the flavours advertised so a tasty winner. 

Dessert was the dish mentioned in the introduction- the Farmyard chocolate bar. Made with Columbian 65%, miso caramel, peanuts and vanilla ice cream it was worth the visit alone. Dark smooth chocolate and the salty caramel and peanuts make this the most delicious Snickers bar you could eat.

Farmyard offers a good drinks menu including local beer and wines from around the world which sits nicely alongside the food. We both enjoyed our lunch and the service was friendly and efficient whilst creating a relaxing atmosphere. Another great place to eat in Norwich.

What Else to Squeeze in: 

  • Benedicts is a real class act and a great addition to the city. Serving modern British food, Richard Benedict won the ‘Great British Menu’ with two of his delicious dishes. Nanny Bush’s Seasonal Trifle is amazing and a must to try.  
  • Fresh, vibrant and totally delicious wood fired pizza from Brick Pizza.This is a cool independent which is centrally situated near the market.
  • Delightful macaroons from Macaroons and More . Mel is slightly obsessed with these tasty little treasures! Mail order for a gift if you really want to really want to spoil somebody special and make their day 
  • The Wallow is a great, cosy wine bar offering quality wines on self-service wine dispensers. Also offering their food boards including cheese, veggie and classic Wallow board.

As an infrequent visitor to this city, over the last 12 months I have found myself returning more and more to check out places to eat here. It really is a thriving food scene so I’ll be back soon Norwich!

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