Friday, 8 March 2013

Eating Out 3

On Wednesday we tried another new restaurant.  I'd heard at my Spanish class that the Lalbagh Indian restaurant in Bourn was excellent and won awards for its food, and this was corroborated by the waitress in one of the local restaurants which we use, so I booked, and five of us went.  I used google streetview to check exactly where it is, and discovered that it's in what used to be the Duke of Wellington pub, so it's not been open many years.

Our table was really dark, though I was OK as I was sitting directly under the only recessed ceiling spotlight, but John had to fire up the torch app in his mobile phone to read the menu.  They did turn the lights up a bit, but even so, his side of the table was too dark.

But the food was terrific - much better than that in the two Indians in Royston, and definitely worth the drive out.  The other thing we noticed was that what was on offer was quite different, too, giving us lots to explore in the future.  I've not doubt we'll be back!

Eating Out 2

Actually, this is in the wrong order, but hey.

On the Wednesday, actually the day before my birthday, we'd decided to give Cira, the new Turkish restaurant in Royston a second chance.  The first time we went, in the week they opened, the food had been rather cool and one of our party had been distinctly unimpressed by his bone-in lamb casserole, but as I'd mentioned the cool food when we left, we figured they'd had a chance to fix things, so we should try again.

I booked a table for eight people, having forgotten that Lorna and Richard had decided that, as it was my birthday-ish, they'd forgo their pilates class and join us.  Fortunately the restaurant was well up to the challenge.

The place was pretty full, which was really encouraging, and we weren't the only party, as there was another group of at least 15, but the service was still reasonably quick, and all went well.  The food was good, too, though the moussaka that several of us had was rather ordinary rather than anything special.  Not that I minded, since I think even an ordinary moussaka is a nice thing to eat.

The only thing that was less than perfect was that after we'd paid the bill and were getting ready to go, the manager stopped us and implied (he was a long way away from me and I didn't hear exactly what he said) some free delicacy would arrive.  However, nothing happened for quite a while, and with no booze left on the table, I was getting restive, so Jenny and I scarpered.

Apparently a couple of plates of pieces of various fruits arrived some time later.  Described as delicious, but even so, I was glad we'd gone home.

Then I felt guilty because, as birthday host, I should really have stayed to the bitter end.  Oh well.

Eating Out 1

It being my birthday last week, Jenny and I had discussed eating out somewhere, and I'd settled on Sheene Mill, a restaurant in a nearby village.  It had been run by a couple who previously had run an outrageously expensive restaurant in the same village, but when they had split up, it closed.

Recently it reopened, run by that couple's daughter and her partner.  We'd thought about eating there, but before we managed to do anything about it, read in the local rag that they'd been burgled and had lost a couple of grand's worth of wine.

"Oh, the miserable shits!" we thought "We have to support these guys!"

So last Friday night, we ate in the Sheene Mill, and very nice it was, too.  Expensive, but not outrageous, and very good indeed.

I started with king scallops on black pudding, and my first thought was "Ten quid for two scallops!" but then I put some of it in my mouth, and immediately thought "Bloody worth it, too!"  It was just divine.

Jenny had a roasted pear, spinach and feta salad, which she said was lovely.

Then I had a small slow-cooked lamb shank on a bed of roasted garlic mash (ie mashed potato with roasted garlic in it) while Jenny had a duck leg casserole with some sort of beans (the sample menu on their website doesn't quite match the one we had, but then, it's a sample menu, not an actual one!.)  For veg we shared a small dish of green beans cooked with slivers of onion.  And it was all just wonderful, so we were delighted we'd decided to go there, and will again.