All posts tagged: steak

On taking Mother to a very unlikely spot for Teppanyaki

Taking the FWM out for lunch is always a bit of a challenge as she lives in a village in Lincolnshire that is a virtual desert when it comes to local pubs (at least that sell decent food) and restaurants. In fact such a dearth is there that unless one is prepared to drive into Lincoln and take your chance on finding a parking space anywhere near where you want to be, or settle for a sandwich at the local garden centre, there is pretty much nowhere to go. So when I spotted a Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi bar existed on the Doddington Road  (the Lincoln Bypass, essentially) that also had parking, we decided to give it a go. If one is to imagine a setting (or even a name – Ethan’s) that looks less likely to host a Japanese restaurant I can’t think you could conjure up anything quite as unlikely as this. It is essentially on a garage forecourt abutting the ring road located in a rather odd (or quirky if you prefer) circular building with exposed iron scaffolding on the roof, which it shares with a BBQ grill …

Butcher’s Steakhouse and Bar, Long Eaton, yep, Long Eaton

I’ve got nothing against Long Eaton, let me just say. I even have family there or thereabouts, but I would, I’m afraid, never, never have considered it a foodie destination. Until now. Butcher’s is a pretty upmarket steak house & cocktail bar, located in a fabulously renovated (presumably Victorian?) warehouse on a rather insalubrious back street in Long Eaton opposite a partly demolished former something or other. Although, the bright side of the location is that there is on-road parking and a pay & display a stone’s throw from the venue….and anyway once inside the distressed wood and industrial chic interior you can’t see out of the windows . We arrived at half 12 on a Saturday lunch and we were the only customers there, and remained so for nearly an hour until another table of 3 turned up.  I really, really, hope this was an aberration and not typical for a Saturday lunch (although they were full with 120 covers for the evening and so I guess that helps make up for it). The …

Calling Time on Ginza – at breakneck speed

The Ginza Teppanyaki on the Mansfield Road in Nottingham has been a feature of the City’s restaurant landscape for, I reckon, the better part of quarter of a century. I have certainly visited many, many times over the last 20 years. It is the city’s only Teppanyaki (where the food is cooked in front of you by your own dedicated chef) and in its early days, when the food offer locally was, well, pretty limited by today’s standards, a visit to Ginza was something of a special occasion, wonderful fresh food (about the only place you saw your lobster live before being cooked) and the spectacle of your own chef juggling eggs and flambéing your steaks in front of you was something to behold. Alas, nothing much as changed over all those years, and yet everything has. It is a couple of years since we last visited but we pitched up last Saturday for a 6pm booking. Ginza is not a cheap night out, it never was, but the spectacle, theatre and ambience made it …

More freezer gems

Another food festival find was recovered from the bottom of my freezer this week. Creamy Black Truffle sauce from The Sauce Queen. I usually make my own sauces (natch 🙄) but was tempted to buy a couple of these after tasting samples at the food fair (you see, suppliers….it is worth offering free samples…..so bloody annoying when suppliers pitch up but resent giving a free taste of the product). There is still another lurking somewhere so I will need to dig it out. Anyway, the sauce seemed to have suffered no harm nestled in ice at the bottom of the freezer for 4 months and we had it with the husband’s “go to” supper, steak and chips with petit pois (the container also suggests the sauce can be poured  over pasta). Let me just say that if you don’t like truffle then this sauce is not for you. I bunged  a few sautéed mushrooms in the sauce thinking it might have just a hint of truffle and might need a bit of help. I was wrong. …