Gusto is one of my favourite chains of restaurants as I feel as though they have a little something for everyone from sharing platters to pizzas. Recently their Didsbury restaurant went under a renovation and the end result is lovely.

They have covered their outdoor seated area and redone the indoor decor very tastefully. I went to visit them a few weeks ago and I wanted to share my experience on the blog.

We decided to go for the set menu on our visit (and the three-course option, obviously…) We started with the bruschetta and calamari. The bruschetta was so lovely and fresh and the calamari were incredibly tasty as well.

For the main course, I couldn’t resist a pizza – I went for the caprino (goat’s cheese, roasted red peppers, pine kernels, caramelised onion, pesto, mozzarella and rocket). Jordan went for the classic Gusto burger with truffle fries.

I went for a little wander around the restaurant with the manager who showed me the new kitchen layout, their pizza oven and the new interior pieces that they’ve introduced.

When I got back to the table, we ordered desserts. My favourite, sticky toffee pudding was on the menu so I went for that and Jordan had the brownie with pistachio ice cream. After the three courses, I was absolutely stuffed, but it was amazing.

If you’re in the Didsbury area, I would recommend giving Gusto a go. They have a set menu, brunch menu and a la carte, which has something for everyone.

Have you been to Gusto before?

Our meal at Gusto was complimentary in exchange for a review. All views are my own.

A few weeks ago, Jordan and I were invited for dinner at Tre Ciccio, which opened in Altrincham in February. It was my second visit to the restaurant, but I was eager to go back as it impressed me last time I was there for the launch.

I’m Altrincham born and bred, so when anything new opens up in my hometown, I’m always excited to go and try it. Altrincham has had a massive influx of restaurants, cafes and bars since the market re-opened back in 2014 and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down – which is great for me as I love going back to my little hometown.

Tre Ciccio was recently voted the Best in Manchester at the recent Lovin Manchester awards, so they must be doing something right! Since the last time I went, they have opened their terrace at the back of the restaurant, which is a great addition and doubled the number of tables they have. We visited on a very sunny Thursday evening so it was the perfect place to be seated and watch the world go by.

We were greeted by a lovely waitress and shown downstairs to our booth by the window on the terrace. We had a little read of the menu and ordered some drinks (San Pelligrino for me as I was driving, and a Moretti for Jordan) and had a peruse of the menu.

Last time I was there, the group I was with all shared a few different bits, so I was intrigued to have a main to myself. We decided to share the schiacciata (warm stretched pizza dough with garlic, rosemary, olive oil and sea salt) and the bocconcini fritti (lightly fried and breaded mozzarella bites with crispy basil and San Marzano tomato sauce) and both were incredible – anything deep fried and cheesy is always up my street!

For the main, I went for the classic Caprese pizza (buffalo mozzarella, Campania, cherry vine tomatoes, tomato sauce and basil) whilst Jordan went for the chicken and potatoes. Although chicken and potatoes might not seem like the obvious choice when dining at an Italian restaurant, the dish is renowned in the town where the owners are from and I was advised that it was delicious (I tried a potato too and they were so well seasoned).

To finish the meal off, we shared the chocolate torte with pistachio ice cream, which was incredibly rich and chocolatey, but also the kind of dessert I always go for. The last time I was there I opted for the tiramisu which is also a firm favourite and was just as delicious.

If you’re in the Altrincham area, or don’t mind getting the tram out of the city centre, I would 100% recommend giving Tre Ciccio a visit. It’s such a lovely space, the staff are great and the food are some of the best Italian dishes I’ve ever tried outside of Italy – you definitely can’t go wrong.

Have you been to Tre Ciccio?

xx

Our meal at Tre Ciccio was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Being a self-confessed foodie, it’s one of the first things I think about when I go away. The world is a beautifully diverse place, travelling and eating go hand in hand. I know many people choose specific countries based on their exquisite culinary delights and I can completely see why.

I’m lucky that I haven’t been anywhere where I’ve really been put off by the local cuisine, but today I thought I would round up some of the strangest cuisines in the world.

Let’s start the culinary journey in Laos. Sharing borders with Vietnam and Thailand, it is a pretty landlocked and mountainous country. However, it is also home to one of the most unusual soups – Gaeng Kai Mot is a tasty mixture of ant eggs, partial embryos and some baby ants. Supposedly very tasty, sharp and delicate but not one that I will be adding to my ‘must-try’ list any time soon.

While many of us think of full-flavour pasta dishes and landscape quite unlike any other, Italy is also somewhat famous for its Casu Marzu… a delicious Pecorino, filled with cheese fly maggots – I can’t even imagine what this one would taste like! You can have the cheese with or without your little friends but either way, prepare yourself for a very distinct flavour. Great with crackers maybe…

If you happened to watch any of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” you might’ve seen him indulge in something called a Happy Pizza. He delicately mentioned there being a ‘powerful herbal component’ although he never states exactly what the pizza contains although there are a few hints to something not too dissimilar from pure hemp oil. A reason to pop Cambodia on your foodie map?

Greenland refuses to be left behind on the list of strange (and exciting?) foods. A traditional Inuit meal called Mutuk is one of the local delicacies resembling liquorice allsorts, but is, in fact, whale skin and fat. It comes in two varieties – pickled or raw. You’ll be delighted to know that it tastes like hazelnuts and is very chewy. Yum…

Japanese cuisine is one of my absolute favourites, but I know for a fact there is a lot more that I have never tried. Japan is known for its beautiful sushi, rich culture and stunning city nightscapes, but having the worlds largest fish market, Tsukiji, is it any wonder that their appearance on the distinguished list would be for something seafood related? Tuna is a high-cost fish, so to be able to use as much as possible is a good thing. To make the most of it, they pluck out the eyeballs and boil or steam them, season lightly with garlic or soy sauce and chew them down. Reportedly they taste like squid.

And finally, let’s end this culinary adventure on one of the smelliest foods in the world… The award goes to Sweden for producing a food so smelly it has to be eaten outside. It’s called Surstromming and is Baltic Sea herring, fermented in just enough salt so that it doesn’t rot. Usually found in tins and brine nowadays, but still upon opening the tin, the pungent aroma is released.

So there you have it, an unusual list of morsels for the foodies who are brave enough to try.

Anyone care for a trip? 

When you think of The Botanist, you probably think of the extensive cocktail menu, sharing boards and hanging kebabs (more about those here) so I was very intrigued when I was invited by We Are Indigo to try their Sunday Lunch menu.

For the average Brit, there is nothing quite like a Sunday roast with all the trimmings – it’s one of the best food options in my eyes, and one that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside as it reminds me of spending time with my family.

We visited the Didsbury restaurant, which I’d never actually been to before, despite living 5 minutes away… but it was gorgeous and bright inside, and quickly filled up whilst we were there. We were seated straight away and ordered some olives and drinks with the lovely waiter.

Obviously, I’d had a little peruse at the menu beforehand, and decided that because I don’t like mushrooms, I wouldn’t have the vegetarian option (slap on the wrist…) and chose the roast chicken. Jordan had the pork and we decided to share cauliflower cheese and baked courgette, sage and apricot stuffing balls because what is a Sunday roast without eating so much you might pop?

When the food arrived, I was amazing at how big the portion size was – I literally had half a chicken and the Yorkshire pudding was huge! We both had pots of gravy for pouring, which I massively prefer than having it done for you and the food was piping hot.

The roast itself was lovely – everything was cooked to perfection, but the real star of the show was the sides – the stuffing balls were literally one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life ever; they were so flavoursome, and really complimented the whole dish and the cauliflower cheese was delicious: I’ve had some in the past that are a bit too much after a while, but this one was a brilliant addition to the meal.

 

The Sunday lunch menu is available at all of The Botanist restaurants and is definitely one that is worth the money; the dishes range from £10.95 – £13.95 and the amount of food you get will not leave you hungry!

Have you been to The Botanist for a Sunday roast? What did you think?

xx

For today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of the places that we ate and drank during our time visiting Bath last month. In my opinion, one of the best things about being away from home is the fact that you have to eat out for almost every meal – which is a treat in itself – and not even having to worry about anything like washing up or making a mess.

With the wedding coming up next year, we knew that we didn’t want to go crazy on the restaurant front whilst we were in Bath, and I did a lot of research before we went to scope out the best places to go. We also decided to make food in our apartment on the first night in order to take advantage of having an actual kitchen – but more about that in the last instalment of my Bath City Guides.

This post is dedicated to all of the places that we managed to cram in for the 3 days that we were there.

EAT

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day!

Hunter & Sons

If you read my post on where to go in Bath, I mentioned a little square that we stumbled upon, Milsom Street, which was full of restaurant and bars but set away from the busy streets. We visited Hunter & Sons on the Saturday morning we were there, and although it was busy, we were seated and ordering within about 15 minutes. The food was all locally sourced and really tasty – I went for the poached eggs with smoked salmon and a side of avocado on sourdough (because obvs…) and the portion was huge!

Courtyard Cafe

On our second morning in Bath, we were torn between a couple of places to go for breakfast but settled on the Courtyard Cafe because the sun was shining and they had a little sun trap with heaters (needed in February!) outside. I went for the veggie breakfast as it came with halloumi, and I wasn’t disappointed at all!

Lunch

Wild Cafe

We were drawn towards Wild Cafe because of the colours and fairy lights on the outside, and the welcoming vibe as soon as stepped in. We found out that the whole cafe is run on renewable electricity and they try and use as much recycled produce as possible, which is pretty cool!

I went for the olive and mozzarella focaccia, and Jordan opted for the cheddar and chutney sandwich, and they both were lovely. Wild Cafe use all local ingredients too, and you can really tell because everything is so tasty.

 

Dinner

Ole Tapas

As I mentioned, the first night we were in Bath, we wanted to make the most of the apartment and decided to nip to the supermarket. The second night, however, we made the most of being on a stay-cation (how much do you hate me for using that word…) and headed out for some tapas, which is hands-down one of my favourite cuisines: I’d been googling restaurants for a couple of weeks before we went and we nailed it down to two – Tapas Revolution and Ole Tapas.

We decided to go to Ole Tapas as it seemed much more quaint and traditional, and it did not disappoint at all – it was literally one of the best meals I have ever had. The restaurant itself was up a flight of stairs, and although it only fit 25 in, we were really lucky to grab a seat at the bar which meant that we could watch everything being prepared.

We shared 6 dishes between the two of us and had a couple of jugs of sangria to share, and it was one of my favourite memories of the whole trip! One you HAVE to visit if you’re ever in Bath.

The Sweet Stuff

San Francisco Fudge Factory

Those who know me well will know that I can rarely visit a new city without picking up a bag of fudge – I don’t know what it is, but it’s always my go-to souvenir. The San Francisco fudge factory was located opposite the abbey, so if you get the chance, I’d recommend having a coffee and sitting outside watching the world go by.

We initially saw this place on our first evening, but it was just closing so we made sure we went back the next day. The staff were really friendly and let us try a few different flavours before we settled on rocky road and chocolate orange.

Society Cafe

We stopped at Society Cafe for a bit of tea and cake but ended up spending over an hour here because it was so lovely and chilled and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.

There’s a couple of society cafes in Bath (and more in Oxford and Bristol) and their selection of cakes was amazing – I ended up going for a vegan salted caramel brownie which was delicious (and we may have shared a scone afterwards).

Drink

Canary Gin Bar

If there’s a gin bar in town, I’m there, and this one was no exception. We visited the bar after our meal at Ole Tapas, so we didn’t want much to drink, but still ended up having a couple each. I sampled their house gin with a strawberry tonic and mint, and also my favourite Edinburgh rhubarb and ginger gin with ginger beer – both delish!

Boston Tea Party

Although we didn’t get a chance to visit Boston Tea Party, I wanted to mention it on here as it looked lovely from what we did see. There are a couple in the city and are rated highly on Trip Advisor as a good place for a brew and the interiors are a dream!

Mokoko Coffee

Before we went to Bath, Mokoko Coffee was recommended by a few different people as a good place to stop and grab a drink. The one we visited was right next to the Roman baths, and although it was quite busy inside, we found a table overlooking the courtyard which was a lovely place to refuel.

And there you have my recommendations for the beautiful Bath. Writing all of them up has made me want to go back so much and sample all of the places that we didn’t get time to go to.

Have you been to Bath for food and drink? Where were your favourites? 

xx

 

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