All posts tagged: steakhouse

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 …

A bit Souless at Soulville

If you had chance to take a look at my post on the Curious Manor, you will understand why we found ourselves on a cold February lunchtime in Nottingham city centre with nowhere for Sunday Lunch. Everywhere we wanted to eat (unsurprisingly) at 1pm on Sunday was full and had waits of up to or over an hour. It is fabulous that the city centre restaurant offer is so busy on a Sunday, and is testimony to how exciting the food offer is….but we took little satisfaction from that as I was a) seething from the Curious Manor incident and b) starving So, we pitched up to the Soulville Steakhouse, who could take us there and then as walk-ins. I think there are two of these Steakhouses  – one in Chesterfield (which it dawned on me we had actually eaten at on some family occasion several years ago) and one in Nottingham. What can I say? we were grateful for somewhere warm and we were starving. The very friendly and helpful staff showed us upstairs …