All posts tagged: squid

Adam Handling’s Frog in E1

As you may know (check out my blog post from 2015) I have been a fan of the lovely Adam Handling since the evening before the first airing of Masterchef, the Professionals (in which he featured) when I tweeted my view that he looked like a winner (he didn’t win, but still emerged the star of the show). The FWD would almost certainly dispute that I am a fan, and would probably suggest I am more of a rather embarrassing, aging groupie, with an inappropriate crush on a late 20 something year old chef… and this is probably fair.  We first ate Adam’s food at the Caxton and it was amazing even then, and we tried again when he opened the Frog last year but events intervened and we couldn’t make it. However, last week we rocked up to the rather cool The Frog in Spitalfields.  It feels like a pop-up but isn’t. It’s not what you’d necessarily expect  – after the slightly stuffy formality of the Caxton – with it’s graffiti-style logo and scribbled billet doux to Adam (and his food) on the walls. It’s kind …

Revolucion De Cuba….on Market Street..

Cuba came to Nottingham City Centre this week with the opening of Revolucion De Cuba on Market Street in the amazingly grand Alexandra House. Huge money has clearly been spent on turning this lovely old building into a series of bars, restaurants, snugs, a dance floor and even a cigar terrace (oh and the Ladies loos downstairs are awesome, that huge circular sofa!) doing justice to both the elegant architecture and interior spaces of the building and to the spirit of Havana and Cuba (well, tbh, I have never been to Cuba, but we certainly felt transported to somewhere exotic and captivating… that could have been helped partly by the copious amount of rum and mojita we consumed – but not entirely).          Not only were we greeted with some lovely nibbles (and the squid – which has been a bit of theme for me this last two weeks – see Thaikhun review and Zaap – unlikely as it is for a damp December in Nottingham, was fabulous) live music and Rum cocktails, but …

Thaikhun, Nottingham – our first visit, definitely not our last

Last week we were invited to eat at one of Nottingham’s newest Thai Street Food restaurant offerings, Thaikhun (pronounced Tycoon). Thaikhun has taken up residence in the new Foodie area of the redeveloping Victoria Shopping Centre, in the area around the old Clock Tower which, for so many years, was the slightly sad side exit to the Centre. The clock tower area is now in the process of a full revamp  soon to be home to lots of new eateries, some already open, others planned. There is an astonishing number of new restaurants opening in the city, it will be interesting to see which ones survive the course. My money is on Thaikhun being one of the survivors. Thaikhun is one of a small chain of outlets in the UK   – with a fascinating back-story of the characterful owner (who we were delighted to meet at the official opening a couple of weeks ago) which takes you from her home in rural Thailand to a street-cart in Bangkok and then to the UK and …