Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Review: Giggling Squid, Warwick


I do love a little trip out to Warwick. It's a lovely town, with a great range of pubs and restaurants. One of these is the newish Giggling Squid, a modern Thai restaurant housed in a beautiful town house on the High Street.

I liked how tastefully the building had been decorated; lots of wood, plenty of plants and a few simple nods to Thailand.


I couldn't resist trying their Valentines special cocktail- Get Giggly contained strawberry vodka, dry rose wine, hibiscus and pink prosecco. Plus a cute strawberry heart. This was a special edition but if it sounds like your sort of thing, try the Hibiscus Fizz- very similar, a light and refreshing drink.


Thai food at its best is fresh, light, a little hot from chilli. I chose DIY Bundles (£7.95) to start. I've had something similar at another Thai restaurant, but called something more traditional. Giggling Squid's version is baby gem lettuce leaves, which you fill with big, juicy prawns, chilli sauce, peanuts, fresh lime, red onion, spring onion and mint. Glorious fresh flavours and textures. When I had this before it was with dried prawns, but I loved the moisture from the fresh prawns. This was a messy, fun, tasty starter.




Edd chose Pork Dumplings (£6.65) steamed, served in soy and rice vinegar and topped with fresh red chilli. These were meaty and spicy but of course you could knock the chilli off if you want.


I chose Sleeping Honey Duck with Orange Salad (£15.50). I loved the sticky, sweet duck and the addition of the orange and onion salad made it feel a little fresher.



Edd chose Tamarind Duck (£14.75) which was very similar- sticky, sweet, with a little more sourness. I would recommend my choice over the Tamarind Duck due to the addition of the salad.



I'd already looked at the menu and decided to go for Brighton Rose Yoghurt Ice Cream (£4.95) for pudding. It was creamy, not too sweet and came with a sweet little fruit salad. Just my type of pudding. I also had a Harmony Tea (£2.20) which appeared to have cardamom and fennel seeds in it- just what you need after a meal.



Edd chose Caramelised Mango Cake (£5.25) which was basically mango upside down cake. It was tangy and not too heavy but I preferred my floral ice cream.


A lovely meal. Definitely recommended to anyone in Warwick. They also have some lovely sounding 'Thai Tapas' available at lunch so I look forward to giving that a go next time I have a day trip to Warwick.

Giggling Squid, Warwick

Photos by Helen and Edd.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

New menu at Rofuto


Rofuto is the Pan Asian restaurant at the top of Park Regis hotel at Five Ways. I had a lovely meal there last year when it first opened. The views are fantastic, the food is interesting and it feels a bit glamorous. I also visited on a Saturday night, when I enjoyed the food but found the atmosphere a bit loud- I like to concentrate on my food!

So I was interested to head back to taste the new menu with a group of fellow bloggers. We were sat at a large table together, near the open kitchen. It was fun to watch our food being prepared.


After a lovely glass of Reisling, I chose a gin based cocktail, which was a little sweet, fragrant and cold. We then settled in to try a series of delicious tasters from the new menu. 

First: Tom Yum Soup. A fragrant and delicately spiced broth-style soup, with baby corn, shiitake mushrooms, tofu and basil. Broths can be a little dull, but the chilli heat and the lovely ingredients made this a treat.


Sea Bass Tiradito is finely sliced raw sea bass. Google tells me Tiradito is Peruvian, influenced by Japanese immigrants. Oh yes I can read the first paragraph of a Wikipedia article. Anyway, it's essentially sashimi, which I love. Of course you have to like raw fish to enjoy this dish. I found it a little sweet and enjoyed the contrast of the creamy passion fruit and tiger's milk dressing. Again, tiger's milk is a Peruvian word: a citrus based marinade.


One of the most exciting courses was sweetly named Japanese Woods- charcoal grilled eel with salsify and black garlic. It was beautifully presented and I loved the strong charcoal flavour.


Dim Sum Platter with different soy sauces and dips. Scallop Shumai, Beef and Foie Gras Gyoza and Mushroom Spring Rolls. I was a fan of the rich mushroom spring roll particularly but they were all good. We all thought this would make a good starter between two.


Onto the mains. We were brought a selection of the mains:

Red Roast Baby Chicken, in a tasty, slighty sweet sticky sauce.


Chilean Seabass- beautifully presented, with lots of veggies and a good kick of ginger.


Korean Spiced Red Pepper Lamb Chops- I do love a spicy lamb chop but I found this a little awkward to cut into.


Sesame Tuna Tataki was beautiful slices of seared tuna flavoured with sesame and pine nut, apple puree and crispy apple slices. This was lovely.


Finally, an exciting, if possibly gimmicky, dessert. Miracle Berry is a real berry which affects the taste buds, making everything taste sweeter. It had been dusted over the tart citrus dessert in powder form and after a while, the sharpness in the sorbet did soften.


Price wise, Rofuto isn't cheap, with mains being over £20. Small plates and sushi are more affordable though you do not get a giant portion. You are paying for beautiful ingredients, the lovely view and to experience some different food. I'd recommend visiting on a week night, sharing some sushi and small plates and indulging in a cocktail or two while enjoying the view.

Rofuto

Photos by Helen.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

February in Food

Bits and bobs I took on my phone. Check out my instagram or twitter for more. 

Silly supermarket purchases

Definitely need to re-purchase this silly little Cheesestrings treat which is definitely not for children. 


These are amazing- like a fancy choc ice.




Cookie crumble white chocolate magnum...what a treat.



Kinome at Quarter Horse

I blogged about the Kinome Japanese pop up  and how wonderful it was. I headed back for another round and it was even better: stunning fresh ingredients and lots of things I haven't tried before.



This isn't just any salmon and avocado mousse...

It's an M&S salmon and avocado mousse from their Valentines meal deal, with a ridiculous gold piece of salmon on top. It was really good.


Tacos

What is a month without tacos? I tried out the soft shell Chicken Tinga tacos from Old El Paso. The marinade for the chicken was nice and tangy, especially with the addition of pink slaw, avocado and Pip's Hot Sauce!


The Botanist

Musical Bingo at The Botanist gave me the opportunity to revisit their menu. I very much enjoyed picking at a deli board while taking part. I chose ham, roasted peppers, salmon and mackerel pate. The presentation of the pate in a flower pot caused much hilarity.


Yorks Brunch

Because what is a month without brunch at Yorks... During half term I went for Eggs Royale and white peony tea with my friend James (also ran into one of my work colleagues). What I love about the Eggs Royale here is that there's not too much hollandaise- just enough.

Can't wait for Yorks to open at Ikon gallery!


Damascena 

I've not been to the original Moseley branch but I'm completely in love with the new outpost in Birmingham. They sell a beautiful array of Middle Eastern-inspired food perfect for sharing. I've been twice in the space of a week for spiced tea, hummus and shwarma.


Brunch at Bardolino

A relaxed place to spend time in the morning. I had avocado smash with crispy pancetta. Great pancetta but the avocado could have done with some seasoning.


Nosh and Quaff

I will never fail to order chicken wings everytime I go to Nosh and Quaff. They're so good: crispy skin and the most beautiful hot-but-buttery sauce.


 Photos by me on my phone.

Food and drink paid for myself.