Menorcan Cuisine

So I think I planned this post months ago after J and my holiday to Menorca. As well as being a completely beautiful place to visit I was surprised about the high quality of the food, especially seafood. I really shouldn’t have been; given that Menorca is pretty famous for its lobster stew. While we did consume a LOT of Spanish style dishes we were also lucky enough to sample some genuine Menorcan food purely by chance – typically you have to go off the beaten track to find it.

In addition, we also went on a trip round some of the famous places in Menorca and got to sample local wine, cheese and macaroons. (I’m glad I wore shorts with an elasticated waist that day!)

My advice is, even on a package holiday (we stayed in an apartment) as around for recommendations of places to eat and don’t be afraid to try local food even if its not what you’re used to. You don’t know what you’re missing out on until you’ve tried it.

Another trip to So!

I paid a second visit to So! a few weeks ago when my friend Jo came to stay. Its fast becoming a favourite of mine as it has tasty food, a chilled out atmosphere, and its reasonably priced. I suggested So! as I knew the quality of food was good and there is a variety of dishes on the menu (naturally, when you want your visiting friend to have a good time you worry about them finding something they’ll like to eat and this was no exception).

We started off with some gin cocktails. Y’know, because gin is awesome.

The Spice Tree

The Spice Tree

The Spice Tree (I looked on the menu to see exactly what the cocktail we had was called), was Hendricks gin mixed with sourz, ginger beer and rosemary, drizzled with toffee vodka. Considering it was made with sourz and toffee vodka it was really refreshing, I suppose that was the ginger beer.

I had a Peri Peri chicken burger.

Pery Peri get in my belly

Peri Peri get in my belly

On the whole I really enjoyed this meal. I did think the chicken itself could have been a bit spicier, but the shot of chilli sauce more than made up for it. I suppose not everyone is expecting it to be very spicy so the additional sauce means people can add what they want. The chicken was really tender and the burger was tasty. If there wasn’t a whole list o food I am dying to try on the menu I’d definitely order it again.

Jo went for Indian chicken in a basket.

Indian chicken in a basket

Indian chicken in a basket

Jo was pretty delighted with how cute the whole thing looked and also took photos of the meal on her posh DSLR camera. Jo is a much slower eater than me and I watched jealously as she tucked into this.

To finish I went for old faithful Brownie and Hot Chocolate. Once a chocoholic, always a chocoholic.

It was just as delicious as last time

It was just as delicious as last time

Jo went for Harrogate ice cream on my recommendation. The selection of locally made ice cream in this area is just fantastic and I have never been disappointed with any I have tried.

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If you live in Harrogate or Knaresborough, or are visiting, I highly recommend you pay So! a visit. You can peruse the food and drink menus online here.

Bar and Grill Harrogate – Private dining fun

One of my little cousins (well not so little as he’s now 21 and has been towering over me since he was 13) celebrated his 21st birthday this New Years Eve. As my family love to celebrate special occasions by eating lovely food my Aunt and Uncle organised a pre birthday meal after Christmas at Bar and Grill in Harrogate. (Apologies for the late blogging, its so much easier eating the food, photographing it and then dozing off with a food baby than it is to motivate myself to write anything).

Anyway to set the scene, my Aunt and Uncle had booked a private dining room in Bar and Grill and it was an absolutely lovely experience being very well looked after by restaurant staff who were very pleasant and helpful. I spent a happy afternoon sitting gossiping with my mum and chatting to J and the rest of my family while eating delicious food. Unfortunately it isn’t very sociable going round the table photographing everybody’s food asking “what have you got there, eh?” so I just took pictures of what J and I ate. However, as a family of meat lovers, the majority of people had ordered steak anyway.

To start with I had asparagus topped with poached egg and hollandaise sauce:

How much does this poached egg look like a golf ball?

How much does this poached egg look like a golf ball?

Now I think asparagus and poached egg is a wonderful combination and I thought the hollandaise sauce was perfectly cooked.

J had smoked salmon which came in a citrussy sauce. It was absolutely wonderful, a must for smoked salmon lovers.

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To follow I had sirloin steak cooked rare. A nice touch the restaurant had was to come round and ask people how they liked their steak and to write it on the place cards so people got what they wanted.  The steak was beautifully seasoned and the veg was well cooked. The chips were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside (important as nobody wants a soggy chip!)

Steak

Steak

The steak looking way more exciting with fat chips

The steak looking way more exciting with fat chips

J had “Malayan chicken” which was Malaysian style chicken with sweet potatoes. He enjoyed it and what i tried of the dish was tasty.

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To finish, despite feeling pretty full I polished off a portion of sticky toffee pudding. The flavour of it was perfect, but as a personal preference I would have preferred a sponge with more dates in it – although I am aware that other people prefer different consistencies of the sponge.

Yum yum yum

Yum yum yum

J opted for candied orange creme brulee. I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to this but in my opinion it was tasty and the orangey flavour cut nicely through the custard.

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Creme brulee with shortbread – what more could a man want?

I would definitely recommend going to the bar and grill. The food was tasty, the staff friendly and helpful and the location is great 9ie a 3 minute walk from my house). I would definitely return as I’d love to try food from their normal menu.

You can find out more about Bar and Grill Harrogate and other locations here.

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