The Little Dessert Shop – Telford – Review

A few weeks ago my friends invited me out to eat cake! ( Seriously the Facebook invite was something like Cake and more Cake!)  I wasn’t going to refuse especially when they said we were off to try out the new Little Dessert Shop in townContinue reading “The Little Dessert Shop – Telford – Review”

Jenkos Mongolian Restaurant – Food and Cocktails – Review

One of my friends noticed a post on Facebook that said one of our local restaurants were doing a deal on cocktails 2 – 4 – 1. None of us had been out in a very long time. In fact I personally hadn’t been out since March so a night out was overdue. It was only right that we decided to go test out the cocktails at Jenkos and whilst we were there have ourselves some food too.

Our experience

We walked into what looked like a tiny little bar where we were asked if we had booked a table. The lady directed us round the corner to another bar where we were taken to our seats. I can honestly say we all just went “WOW” The restaurant itself is set out in what looks like a huge log cabin. It’s all very cosy with twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling. For me this was VERY exciting, After all  I am Christmas obsessed and I love winter so this feeling of being in a cabin was very much up my street.

After being shown to our table we were asked if we would like to order drinks where we asked for a few more minutes as there were so many to choose from it would take us a little while to read through them all and decide. As it was 2-4-1 and there were 4 of us the sensible thing to do was to have 2 sets of 2 sharing the drinks. The only thing was that each set of 2- 4 – 1 had to be the same drink so you couldn’t mix and match. We didn’t mind so much as we had similar tastes but I feel if we were given the opportunity to choose ANY drink it would have given us all the chance to see what other drinks were like and may have encouraged us to buy more.

The Food

Originally we ummed and ahhed over whether or not to have the food as at £17.50 seemed quite a lot of money. We are all mummies on a rare night out and aren’t used to spending on ourselves so for us all it seemed a little bit steep, but as it was a rare night out we decided to treat ourselves and now I’ve been and sampled the food and the experience I would say in actual fact the price is far from expensive with what you get for the price.

So the way it works is you go up to the food area and pick up a metal bowl, They have an array of very fresh salad and vegetable items.  Once you have selected your vegetables you then move onto meat. There is a large selection of meat and you have the choices of plain or flavoured meats.

 

 

From there you head over to an array of spices and herbs. On the wall are some excellent combinations that you can try or if you’re feeling adventurous you can make your own up. It was lovely to see all the different spices and the way they were set out was really beautiful. I chose the fajita mix ( I’m a little bit of a wimp when it comes to trying new foods!) There were also different sauces, you could have anything from sweet and sour to plum sauce.  The advice was that for the best results you should choose 2 ladles.

 

Next was the interesting and exciting part, we moved along with our bowls of food where the chefs took them from us and placed them on a very large griddle pan, They had large pieces of wood that they used to moved the food around and cook it. You stand and watch the chefs as they cook all of your food with what can only be described as a mesmerizing skill. I have never cooked with a couple of pieces of wood before that’s for sure!

The next choice was whether you was going to have noodles, pasta or rice or even all 3!

All of the food was incredibly fresh, quite often when you go to all you can eat places the food is looking limp and like its been sat there for hours but you could clearly see just how fresh the food was.  Yes I did say ALL YOU CAN EAT! you can go up and make your selections as many times as you wish.

The cocktails

As I mentioned previously there was a very large selection of cocktails and throughout our nice we chose the Cherry Bakewell, Frozen Daiquiris , Sex on the Gobi and a screwball storm to try.

Cherry Bakewell

This cocktail quite surprisingly tasted EXACTLY like a cherry bakewell and was topped with lots of cream and a cherry. The only downside was there was a lot of cream but no way of actually getting it out of the glass, we were given the drinks with small straws like you get in a children’s cup drink so there was no way that I was going to be able to suck cream up through that. I was tempted to just put my finger in it but decided it was a little more of a sophisticated place than that.

Frozen daiquiri

There were a selection of flavours to choose from and we struggled to decide so left the decision up to the waitress She chose us the passionfruit flavour. It was very refreshing and I think this would be a perfect drink for a hot summers night. It was decorated with fresh fruit.

Sex on the Gobi

I ‘think’ this drink is very much the old classic sex on the beach. I didn’t try this one myself but my friends did and they said how it was lovely and they could have quite easily just drank lots of them and quickly!

Screwball Storm

This was my personal favourite , I had it at the end of my meal and found it was a perfect end to the night. I would quite happily sit and drink them all night long. I had to give my gumball to my friend Claire though as I have just had a tooth out and I wasn’t risking it! haha

Overall thoughts

My first impressions before I even entered the pub was my god that’s expensive but now I don’t feel that way at all, we paid approximately £30 per head and that was for the world’s supply of extremely fresh food and incredible cocktails. I will definitely be visiting again. The setting is perfect for both a night out with friends or for a romantic date night for two.

Every single one of us finished every last scrap of our food and we really enjoyed ourselves.If I was to have one criticism it would be that we waited quite a long time for drinks and we may have perhaps had more drinks if the wait wasn’t so long for them. We went up , selected our food, watched it be cooked and sat back down and our drinks were still not ready.

The restaurant itself is extremely clean and very welcoming, all of the staff were very friendly our waitress was lovely and despite calling her a couple of times she didn’t make us feel like we were intruding. She also made sure that we enjoyed ourselves.

Thank you Jenkos for amazing customer service and outstanding food and drinks.

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Pondicherry Indian Restaurant Ironbridge – Family Meal & Review

We are extremely lucky in the fact that we live literally 5 minutes away from the Ironbridge. I still find it fascinating that people come from all over the world to look at our little bridge but it is incredibly beautiful down there.  We had noticed that one of the well-known restaurants had been given a lot of stick recently so wanted to go to try it out for ourselves. Despite the fact they had a lower rating, Our family and friends all said how much they loved to dine there and how amazing their food was so we decided to go and check out the Pondicherry restaurant for ourselves.


our experience

We made our way from the car park across the road to the restaurant which actually used to be a police station. We walked into the building and was greeted by a nice young gentleman who was dressed smartly and extremely polite. He showed us to a side room that was absolutely beautiful with a couple of tables and a fireplace before asking if we would like any drink whilst we waited for our table. We said we would just wait and it wasn’t long at all before he came back to ask us to follow him to our seats.

I noticed that there was both an upstairs and a downstairs to the restaurant and it turns out that the downstairs are the old police cells and are available to hire for private functions. I was secretly a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see them but never the less we were led up the stairs to the restaurant area. The stairs leading up to the restaurant were quite steep and tricky for Freddie ( our 3-year-old) to walk up.

Our table was situated in a little side alcove and was lovely and private meaning that we were a little less conscious of the noise that the smaller children were making. It was past their bedtime so they didn’t really like being out of the house meaning for a mischievous Freddie climbing on the seats ( despite being told a hundred times to get down ) and a tired and grumpy baby who just wanted to go to bed.

We were handed some poppadoms and sauces to enjoy whilst we looked through the menu and made our choices.

Starters

The waiter came over and took our drinks order before returning and asking for our order. The poor guy had been sent away a couple of times due to us trying to contain the little ones but eventually we were ready to order. We decided against ordering for the younger 3. Bethie was quite happy munching on her poppadoms , Freddie could eat some of ours and Annabelle is very fussy and would only eat the salad

Bethie

Ellie & I both chose the Chicken Pakora, We have eaten this several times from takeaways so knew that we both liked it. I thought mine was delicious , sometimes when I have had Pakora I’ve found it to be a little dry however this was cooked perfectly, the sauce that came with it was also tasty. I was pleasantly surprised to see fruit in with the salad. This isn’t something I have seen before so the grapes and kiwi were a nice surprising touch.  Ellie said she thought it was really nommy ( nommy is good for those who don’t speak Ellie) She also thought it was a nice spice, not too spicy but the flavour was there, she also liked the fact that there was fruit in the salad.

Harry chose the Spicy Chicken Chat,  He enjoyed it however was a little shocked that it came on a bone as every other time he has had Chicken Chat it has come as smaller pieces. He is not a big fan of chicken on the bone so was a little bit disappointed, the flavours were great but he felt there wasn’t a lot of chicken on there.

Gareth chose the Tikka Murgh ” It is the best starter I have ever had ” Gareth thought the chicken was cooked perfect, it wasn’t dry and the flavours were incredible. The mushrooms were delicious , the flavours were so nice you couldn’t even tell that you were eating mushrooms.

We all tasted each others starters and Freddie ate his body weight in chicken. He couldn’t get enough.

Starters
Top Left: Chicken Chat
Top Right : Tikka Murgh
Bottom : Chicken Pakora

Mains

Our waiter arrived to remove the plates and asked if we would like to take a break between our starters and our mains but as Bethie was still incredibly grumpy we decided that we should continue with our meal straight away.

Harry & Ellie chose the Chicken Tikka Masala , ” Delicious & Amazing, I loved the pyramid rice and the flavours although I wasn’t so sure on the texture ” Said Harry.
Ellie said ” It tasted nice with very strong flavours, the naan bread was extremely nice and the rice tasted very fresh ”

Annabelle chose the Tandoori Chicken Tikka which came out on a sizzling platter. I was actually really impressed that the waiter made sure that it was a safe distance from her and also opened the window next to Annabelle so that she wasn’t covered in the smoke from the sizzling plate. She said ” It wasn’t too spicy but had a nice spice. I liked the curry sauce with the chips and made a chip butty with the naan bread, chips and curry sauce.  The salad was fresh”

I chose the Murgh Makhani and when ordering my meal I asked the waiter to check with the chefs if it contained coconut ( I have a mild allergy) the waiter returned stating that they do use coconut powder however they could leave it out from my meal but it would leave my sauce a little less thick. I was actually really impressed with this as it just shows how fresh the meals were if they were able to do that. My meal was creamy and extremely tasty. The chips were fresh and homemade which makes a nice change from the frozen chips you are normally presented with. The naan bread was possibly the best naan bread I have ever had and I have had lots of naan bread!

Gareth chose the Karachi Chilli Chicken, when I asked him what he thought of his meal he said “I had the chill chicken, everything on the plate looked amazing, the chicken was tender with the right amount of kick to it with the rice being light and flavourful. Nom nom nom ”

Picture of main meals
Top left : Chicken Tikka Masala
Top Right: Tandoori Chicken Tikka
Bottom Left : Murgh Mahkani
Bottom Right : Karachi Chilli Chicken

Overall thoughts

We loved the fact that it was a transformed old police station and it gave the restaurant a real exciting character. The staff were very attentive and checked regularly to see if everything was OK with our meals without being invasive. The restaurant itself was clean and tidy and the food looked and tasted very fresh.

I would happily return and eat there again and would definitely recommend it to friends and family so if you are staying in Ironbridge check it out. However I wouldn’t choose to take the children again but this is due to the time it opens and nothing to do with the service we received with them being there. It is a little more pricey than what we would normally pay but I think the price is reflected in the freshness of the food and the fantastic customer service.

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Frankie & Benny’s Breakfast visit and review

As some of you will know I’m currently on a health kick but I decided that due to me working so hard that I deserved a treat so today we decided to have our breakfast at Frankie & Benny’s

Our experience

We walked into the restaurant with Beth in the car seat as she had fallen asleep in the car and we didn’t want to wake her. We were greeted within seconds by a very well presented man, he looked clean and tidy and was very pleasant and well-mannered. As we were shown to our seats he noticed that we had Beth asleep in her car seat and offered to help move the tables so that she could be seated on the bench with the table in the way to stop her falling. I thought this was a very thoughtful gesture. Most restaurants leave you to place a baby in a car seat on the floor but this kind man had made it so that it was comfortable and safe for her to be at the same level as us. He asked us if we wanted drinks before leaving us to look at the menu that he had neatly places in front of us.

Within minutes our drinks were served, both myself and Gareth chose the orange juice and it was served to us in a large glass with ice and a straw. Perfect, I mean who doesn’t love ice-cold orange juice right?. Then we were asked what we would like to eat. I loved the fact the menu had so many options,  If you wanted something lighter you could or if you were mega hungry you could choose a giant breakfast. I went for the eggs Benedict whilst Gareth opted for the Traditional breakfast. We were asked if we would like some sides to go with it and we chose hash browns and toast so that Beth could have some. By this point she had woken up.

The food

The food arrived quickly on clean plates, well presented and looked beautifully cooked. Exactly what you would expect when visiting somewhere to eat. After we’d had our food for a short while the waitress returned to ask us if everything was OK with our meals before leaving us to enjoy our food.

My eggs Benedict was delicious, the eggs were cooked to perfection ( none of that snotty undercooked egg white stuff) and everything else was great although I did think my sauce may have split a little but I ate it anyway, I gave my bacon ( you are given a choice of bacon or ham) to Gareth as it was streaky I think so had a little bit too much fat on it for my liking. This wasn’t their fault though and purely mine for being so fussy.

Gareth said his breakfast was very greasy which was a shame as he thought the staff and service was excellent. The food just let it down for him a little bit.

Overall thoughts

The staff at Frankie and Benny’s were very polite, helpful and they were all dressed clean and well presented. The restaurant itself was very clean and tidy. Our cutlery was perfectly clean as was the table. My food was delicious however Gareth felt his was very greasy. All in all we found it a lovely experience and in fact we noticed a good offer on as we were walking in there for the kids so think we may return and take everyone. I can’t fault the service we were given, even down to collecting the bill, we kind of rushed them as Beth had started getting unsettled and we didn’t want to disturb anyone else. They immediately stopped what they were doing to come and help us. We would definitely recommend it as the small things that we didn’t like could just be because we are fussy rather than the restaurants fault. It was a relaxing , pleasant experience.

 

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Mothers Day Lunch – The Hundred House Hotel Norton – Review

The Competition

I was extremely lucky to win a meal for 4 via a competition on Facebook this year . It was for a meal on Mothers Day at a local hotel called The Hundred House Hotel , Norton. As I used to work in taxi offices I had heard a lot about the place but had never actually visited myself. I entered the competition as I thought it would be lovely to take my mum there for a special meal, However there was no way on earth I would be able to afford to treat her.  My mum has had a really rough year well a really rough few years and I really wanted to give her a special day. Especially as we wasn’t even sure if she would make it this far, so I entered the competition and was completely amazed when I won!  Continue reading “Mothers Day Lunch – The Hundred House Hotel Norton – Review”