Saturday, 5 February 2011

Loch Fyne, Nottingham, Voucher-tastic

Continuing the January voucher theme this week Loch Fyne had kindly emailed a £10 voucher our way. The restaurant in Nottingham is quite small so its always worth booking into this one as it tends to be quite popular, and even more so when the voucher deals are on.

The bright, light, restaurant has an airy feel and is softened by the wooden floors, chairs and tables. A fresh-feeling atmosphere. I have previously had a gingery dish here with wilted Chinese leaves and I was very tempted to do so again as it was delicious last time, however I thought I would try something different. I eventually chose a monkfish and chorizo risotto. It was a good choice. Sometimes risotto can get a bit dull but this was well seasoned and had sufficient variety in that there were different mixes of the flavours in each mouthful. The portion size was generous.To finish I had a velvety and dense chocolate tart on top of a biscuity base. Yum.

Loch Fyne is on:

17 King St
Nottingham NG1 2AY
0115 988 6840

Tamatanga, Curry in a Hurry!

The last time myself and my wonderful husband went out to the concert hall for a show we'd intended to get dinner beforehand. Unfortunately halfway into town we realised we'd forgotten the tickets! Doh! This time, however, we were not to be outdone. Tickets checked, double checked and triple checked we took ourselves off to Tamatanga before the panto.

Tamagtanga is similar to the Wagamama concept in that you sit at bench tables wherever there is space and the food is freshly prepared and brought out to you when its ready - although with curry rather than chinese food. There's a good selection of curries and they also do dishes where you get a little bit of lots of curries which is great for trying some curries you would not normally order.

I had a lamb rogan josh which was nicely warming and sufficiently filling on this cold winter night. I also had a light, milky and not too sweet Mango lassi.

Tamatanga is not the place you'd go for a long and lingering meal with your hunny but is great when you want to be fed good, flavourful curry quickly. They also do deals at lunchtime which are amazing.

After our dinner we went to the panto at Nottingham playhouse which was absolutely hilarious. Plenty of fun for the kids (and adults) including join-in actions and songs. We laughed so much!

Tamatanga is at:

The Cornerhouse, Trinity Square, Nottingham, NG1 4DB

Tel: 0115 958 4848

Piccolino, Classy Italian Chain, Nottingham

January is great. It's the time of year when all the local restaurants have a deal on and it's fairly quiet in town (at least until the end of the month when the students finish their exams!). Making the most of January's deals and with a £10 voucher for the restaurant firmly in hand we found ourselves at Piccolino.

The restaurant itself is nicely lit with many twinkling lights and has a modern, yet comfortable feel by virtue of the wooden seats and floors. The part of the restaurant that we were in is divided into smaller sections so felt quite personal, despite it being quite a big restaurant. Our waiter was very friendly and willing to talk about the dishes when I couldn't make up my mind.

I had a nicely done, and extremely creamy, spaghetti carbonara. It was very filling and didn't leave me any room for dessert! The pasta was served with just enough pepperings of pancetta to spice it up and make it a lovely dish.

Piccolino can be contacted on:

Piccolino, 7 Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB

T: 0115 947 2169