Damascena, Restaurant Review

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With a new restaurant opened up on Harborne high-street, and also located in Moseley Birmingham’s City Centre, my mum and I decided to treat ourselves after my hectic term of exams!

Cosy, elegant decoration, buzzing atmosphere and delicious treats on show, we spent a few hours of indulgence in this high quality Iranian restaurant, menu here!

Having visited three times within the week I have lots to recommend! Whether the sweet, chewy, nibble sized backava assortment (above) or the more substantial lemon chicken or falafel wrap below, there is a large array of Iranian dishes to try.

I highly recommend the Tahini Kofta, which is a sort of meat pie, topped with sour cream and homemade, warm pita type bread (delicious!) and presented with their unique Damascena bread, which adds a slight kick to the dish.

The drinks don’t disappoint either, whether you want to indulge in a large, sweet, chocolate bar milkshake, or try a more unique rose water and tamarind juice concoction (very acquired taste!) there is something for the adventurous and the not so much!

I hope this complimentary review compels you to visit a Damascena near you, and makes up for my absence from posting!

-afoodexplored x

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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