Prezzo, Harborne

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Ever feel like you have deserve a treat of andante pasta, delicious ice cream sponge desserts (as below), and some creamy nibbles?

Straight after a tiring day of college, a friend and I headed straight for Prezzo, Harborne and were immediately buzzing from the modern decor in the dominating clock tower of the high street. Greeted by the warmth of light and chatter in Prezzo, even the giggles of families enjoying a quality meal after exhausting days at work, we couldn’t wait to get tucked in!

With an online student voucher on hand, who wouldn’t experiment with the plush crab cakes (above), garlic risotto (below) and creamy Pomodoro, all with the bustling view of Harborne High street, (although Prezzo also accommodates for those wishing for a more sophisticated view of the “square”).

Prezzo seems fit for many, whether a romantic date, family celebration, or student stress relief, tables of two or booths of 8 can be booked here: go treat yourself with dazzling decor and smiling staff. For a good price, why not indulge away from the usual pizza express (well that’s what I needed anyway)!

-afoodexplored x

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Zindiya, Moseley

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This up and coming street food restaurant is ideal if you are in need of a little spice( menu Here). Can you handle it?

Although it is slightly cold in there, during these (snowy?!!) winter months, so bring some layers(!!), this urban indian restaurant does heats the tongue!! Maybe this is me being uncultured, but there was an array of new tapas style dishes to try!! Doesnt everyone love tapas, or is it just my excuse to try more things on the menu?! Whoops! Above is my recommendation to contrast with all the spicy dishes, a refreshing, mild dish with a bit of crunch. The chicken tikka kebab below, I had heard of, of course, after watching Scarlett Moffatt on Im A Celeb rave about them; after trying this chilli tenderness, as recommended by the smily waiter, I understand why it is her favourite. However, my personal favourite was the Khati Roll, served on naan like bread (but higher quality) and bursting with flavour.

The low lighted interior replicates perhaps the urban street but what brightens up the place are chic lighting hanging from walls, and bold graffiti adorning the walls.

Seating even groups of 25, this place is ideal for a party get together, even for evening tea- did you ever think cardamom would make it into your typical British scone?! Find the evening tea menu here.

Book here!

-afoodexplored x

The Plough in Harborne- Restaurant Review

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Apologies for the inconsistency with when I post, but here is a small restaurant review on a pub type venue, ideal for the casual brunch, or the more sophisticated evening meal; a venue also accomodating for the children!

My friend and I attended for a spontaneous lunchtime meal and were lucky enough to catch their £9 meal deal.

For just £9 we were served a drink and this (above) elephant sized calzone! Delicious! Stuffed with succulent caramelised onions (which you should know by now, are my favourite!), salted olives and tender chicken under the crisp dough covering, my personalised calzone definitely filled me up. A slightly messy meal to consume .i.e. not first date material perhaps, but then again, who cares when it tastes so good.

Overall, a venue where you truly get your moneys worth, with a buzzing ambiance to top it off: a Harborne social hub, where everyone seems to bump into someone they know.

-afoodexplored

The Hairy Biker’s Trout Almondine (Recipe Review)

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Just a quick recipe review as I have not done one in a while. My mum has introduced me to a new favourite dish of mine, the Trout Almondine (menu on link) as instructed by the Hairy Bikers. 

The sour capers, and strong citrus flavours add flourish to the otherwise delicate, more subtle flavoured trout. Although I have not tried it, fish can always be replaced with others to experiment with flavour and texture; perhaps salmon, for a more lean cut, or even sardines with rice to add saltiness to the strong flavour concoction of this recipe- just a few idead to get your imagination rolling!
 A quick evening dish, cooked in under an hour, which can of course be served with a variety of vegetables for all those vegetable obsessed cooks (like my mum!) out there.

-afoodexplored x

Harborne kitchen (the Revamped Butcher’s Social)

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Finally(!!) as promised, I have managed to dine at the new and improved Butcher’s Social! (Now named Harborne Kitchen) What a treat visiting a restaurant, on the verge of michelin star status, for my dad’s birthday.


Entrées: the fluffiest, (I know… what a formal description) lightest butter ever (almost like a foam), accompanied homemade sourdough bread; a required dense accompaniment to the butter. The bread, I was informed, was produced using lager?!

Starters: fish skin sticks (a better version of pork crackling in my opinion… I’m sure this was nothing to  do with the novelty of spray on rose vinegar accompanying it); a  velouté (above, far right)- a coriander creme fraiche kind of dish- smooth on the tongue.

Mains: Deliciously tender pork balls (above); soft, lightly salted chicken; homemade ravioli, filled with soft fish filling(below); it was all refreshingly washed down with the unique seedlip “Garden” mocktail,   cleansing my tastebuds.

To accompany the sweeter, (reminding me of haribos)”Tropical” mocktail…dessert! Whether the soft crumbly venana layers (below) or the lavender infused honeycomb delight, the desserts did not disappoint.

To conclude, a very high end restaurant, ideal for treating the family to some meticulously prepared dishes, all served with genuine smiles and enthusiasm. Choose between the constantly improved set or choosing menu, and enjoy a wonderful night.

-afoodexplored x

Luna 36, in Soller, Spain (Restaurant Review)

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Situated in the beautiful, family orientated town of Soller, Spain, Luna 36 is a must try restaurant, (menu on link) whether you wish to try delightful tapas dishes, or a more substantial main meal of butterfish, or beef, perhaps. They even have chicken lollipops for the children (photo below)! Simple and not overly packed with flavours. 

The brightly, creatively displayed dishes (as with the calamari salad below) are only representative of the beaming, radiating service you will receive on entry.

The tapas were all superb, from the sweet, refreshing ceviche (a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions of Latin- America), to the more savoury, exceptionally soft shrimp salad. From the huge (and I mean double the size of shop bought ones in the UK!) mussels (below), flavoured with Thai curry sauce, a nostalgic moment for me, as a reminder of my wonderful travels to Thailand a few years ago, to the slightly smoked tasting octopus, I definitely recommend endulging in them all, if you can manage! Particularly any specials, which during our visit, included salty, creamy, battered turbot wings! An unexpected treat!

But let’s not forget dessert…

As a lover of creme brulee, I am always reluctant when trying new brands, however I was not disappointed with this crispy, sweet topping and light, creamy filling; a perfect ratio of both, too!

If you cannot already tell, I feel thoroughly lucky my family and I came across this restaurant; we even went twice within the week! Don’t just take my word for it though; go visit! And definitely book in advance…

-afoodexplored x

Su Gigante in Sardegna, Italy (Restaurant Review)

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The restaurant Su Giganti, situated amongst the beautiful hills of Sardegna, Italy, is a restaurant (attatched to a hotel) which serves desirable, fresh, locally sourced seafood for a reasonable price.


From the range of starters, (from the more simplistic, classic, sweet honeydew melon combination with parma ham (photo above), to the more adventurous calamari dish) as a family, we shared the mixed seafood starter platter. The best feature was the refreshing, vinegar soaked octopus. Yum!

Seafood highly featured in my family’s meals. (Can you tell we are seafood lovers?!) The softly grilled seabass was delicious, and was accompanied by prawns, octopus and squid (what a range!) in the mixed seafood dish.

 In contrast, more andante pasta accompanied the fresh, high quality lobster for two (one portion depicted below). Warning: only to be tackled by those with patience to extract the lobster from the shells. No work, no reward! In my opinion, it was definitely worth the effort!

A highly recommended restaurant if you find yourself exploring Villasimus, Italy and looking for a good variety of meals. It is suitable for a family of all ages, and a perfect taster of the food Sardegna has to offer.

-afoodexplored x

Stuffed Pepper Recipe Trial (Sardegna twist)

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Having just spent a week in Sardegna, Italy, I cooked this Mediterranean Stuffed Pepper Recipe, (click words for link to recipe) with a Sardegna twist (photo above).

Fregola pasta (originated from Sardegna) replaced the cous cous, which was meant to be inside the lightly fried, juicy peppers; subtle tasting, soft mozarella complimented the dish, despite bitter feta cheese having been recommended in the recipe: the olives provided the required sourness instead.

I would use this dish to accompany a refreshing side salad, or as a main dinner dish, depending on the size of peppers purchased; as you can see, the ones we bought were rather large! Two halves were perfect for a single portion.

It’s a simple, quickly prepared dish. A combination of a variety of textures, colours and tastes; a dish which is very adaptable to accomodate different tastes. Highly advise you to consume under the blissful summer sun, either on holiday or in the comfort of your own home.

-afoodexplored x

Revolución de Cuba, Liverpool (Restaurant Review)

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With Liverpool hosting this years Clothes Show, a few friends and I spent a weekend visiting tourist locations, such as the Beatles Museum, and the Tate Museum, all within walking distance from this quirky restaurant, situated in one of the hearts of Liverpool, (the Albert Docks) Revolución de Cuba.

With live music playing, and a buzzing, bubbly, summer ambiance, we were naturally drawn to this place, and, whats more, when seated, we listened to a fautless music playlist, ranging from Wham, to the Beatles, from Michael Jackson, to Prince and even a little bit of Drake. We danced whilst the sun faded!

The photo above is just a snapshot of the food this restaurant has to offer; the tapas varies from creamy, nourishing, ham and cheese croquettes, to the more intriguing, subtly mohito flavoured, battered prawns.

The meals were very filling, especially my burrito, packed with the most tender pork. However, there was room for dessert, or course! A creamy, baked cheesecake for me, please! (Below)


And we can’t forget drinks. Our evening was replenished with many refreshing mocktails (a minty, raspberry and apple mohito anyone?!), some fruity daiquiris (similar to those childhood slush puppies, used to dye the tongue an unnatural blue, but without the colouring effect!) and a few subtly flavoured punch bowls, all presented in unique displays of tin cups, bronze bowls and interestingly shaped glasses; perfect to instagram! 

I can’t recommend this restaurant anymore: a pleasurable experience to top off a trendy Liverpool visit!

-afoodexplorer x

Peel and Stone Bakery 

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On Harborne highstreet, there is a delightful bakery called Peel and Stone. With a constantly changing menu of delightful treats on sale, as well as freshly baked bread varieties, it is the perfect place for a quick shop.

 Downstairs, there is a cosy, slightly urban restaurant, where the food is of the same high quality as the shop floor. The garlic bread resonates in my head as being  particularly soft textured; just remember to chew on parsley after, to rid that pungent garlic aroma, so as not to offend your fellow diners!

Below I have described some of my favourites products from there:

Firstly, their sourdough bread, (different varities shown in both photos) which have a unique hint of sourness. The quite dense, bouncy, crumpet like texture is particularly complementary with a warm, soothing soup. 

Their breads are also superbly frozen; some say they even taste better after defrosting!

My ultimate favourite, however, is their almond baklava croissant (in the forefront of the first picture) as its sweet, subtle, marzipan taste, and soft yet slightly chewy texture, is an unbeatable combination. Despite not being a huge fan of marzipan, this croissant somehow satisfies my taste buds.

Overall, I highly recommend this bakery if you are ever in the parameters of Harborne: go and try their savoury breads or sweet brownies, croissants and more, which are all produced to a very high standard.

-afoodexplorer x