Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

Makrigianni 3 lunch and cappuccino

November 23, 2022

Located outside Acropoli Metro, Makrigianni 3 ideally situated for lunch and a coffee.

Royal William IV lunch

September 1, 2022

.Following a coronavirus vaccination, I decided on lunch at Royal William IV. If that is I find something on the menu I may like. Not far to walk and I could have a rest.

Good location, sit outside overlooking the Brayford.

I have visited before, a year ago. Service not good. I cannot recal if I ate, but if I did food was not good either.

I sit at a table. Nothing happens, no one brings a menu.

I ask a lady siting nearby if they bring a menu. She points me to a table with a menu.

No one comes to the table.

I again ask. I am told I have to go to the bar.

Inside: very dark and gloomy.

I place my order and order a drink. At least half froth. I ask that it be poured away and a fresh drink poured. Did they really think they could get away with serving short measures?

Salt Talus Vermont Session. Excellent.

Slow roast belly pork with potatoes and vegetables is excellent, generous portion size. Excellent. very tasty.

Piss poor service but worth the wait.

Dinner eaten I finish off with another half.

A visit to the toilet. Disgusting. It stank. It needs to be closed, a deep clean, and well ventilated.

Meal expensive. More than I would pay for lunch.

to be completed.

Olé Olé tapas bar

August 10, 2022

A hot day, a day for tapas.

I usually avoid tapas bars, as not the real thing.

I had been recommended by former chefs who now have their own deli, Nonna Juana Deli.

Before walking through the grounds of Lincoln Castle to The Lawn, I looked in the art gallery in Castle Hill. They recommended Olé Olé but also another tapas bar in Castle Hill,  Olivares Tapas Bar, which I was not aware of was a tapas bar. 

A hot day. A day for tapas. I was walking through the Castle grounds to head for Olé Olé , a tapas bar at The Lawn.

Appearance can be deceptive. Exterior quite small and belies the large interior.

Escorted to my table by a waitress.  A carafe of ice cold water was brought to my table.  It is called service. The norm in Athens, non-existent in England.

I ordered tortilla Española.

It was good, not as good as I eat in Tenerife, or more recently from Nonna Juana Deli, but nevertheless good.

Ambience pleasant. Except for the awful music blasting out which was very unpleasant, making it noisy, even when sat outside. Why oh why do restaurants think clientele want loud music?

Staff pleasant and helpful, not that I needed any help.

Sitting outside, overlook the walls of Lincoln Castle.

Whilst the hot weather continues, I shall return and try a different dish. Spoilt for choice.

The Drill Hall lunch

July 20, 2022

The local council spent oodles of money renovating The Lincoln Drill Hall, then it closed, the money down the drain.

The Drill Hall has now reopened with new owners and an infantile name, The Drill.

A tacky entrance, to say the least uninviting and off putting.

When I walked in, empty, bar staff eating in a corner, one other table with a couple of women.

Since my last visit, the bar area appears to have been renovated. There is also outside seating.

I had intended to eat, but the menu uninspiring.

A drink, no. Beer from an industrial brewery, catering supply coffee.

What is depressing, this could be an excellent lunchtime bistro, a coffee shop serving excellent coffee, a bar with craft beer.

I turned on my heels and walked out, to find somewhere to eat.

Lincoln is being overrun with corporate chain eateries. On my visit to Lincoln, two more chain pizza parlours to open, both offering free pizzas as an enticement.

Independents need to do better, otherwise we will have none left. They cannot take their clientele for granted.

Tilly Shilling JD Wetherspoon disgusting steak and chips

December 1, 2021

Against my better judgement, popped in Tilly Shilling a JD Wetherspoon pissheads pub for a steak.

Lunch at Tilly Shilling, a J D Wetherspoon pub, the pits, a big big mistake.

It used to be, Tuesday steak day, now the same menu everyday, with limited choice.

The most disgusting steak I have ever been served, steak and chips. It used to be served with peas, tomato, mushroom and onion rings, but not anymore. If you wish for what used to be included, have to order gourmet steak, a couple of quid extra.. Gourmet is a much abused and maligned word, but this takes gourmet to a new low.

The streak must have been the cheapest cut of meat, without sourcing horse meat, Wetherspoon could find. Sinews running through the steak, so tough even a steak knife could not cut it. The chips equally disgusting. Steak grilled straight from a fridge as could be seen by the striations, not allowed to reach room temperature.

No self-respecting chef serves this crap, no self-respecting chef would accept such poor quality meat.

Surrey Hills Brewery Albury Red. a dark red colour. I am used to drinking excellent craft beer, which will never find in a pub, certainly not a J D Wetherspoon pub. This was not good.

Toilets not clean.

Covid-biosecurity non-existent: No hand sanitiser as walked in nor on the tables, tables not cleaned, beer rings on the table, staff not wearing masks. This only serves to emphasise, current tightening of coronavirus regulations still too lax.


November 30, 2021

Atto, a new Korean restaurant in Swan Lane where once Costa. Hanki in Jeffries Passage closed Tuesday lunchtime, give atto a try.

Lunchtime busy, but not too busy, about half full, a steady flow of customers taking their lunch out.

Staff pleasant and helpful, described all their dishes, food was good, reasonable portion size if not generous, I had to stop the girl piling more in my pot. I had sweet and sour chicken on a bed of rice. The juices from the sweet and sour, seeped down into the rice.

Unlike disgusting Pick A Bap in Farnborough, the food looked fresh. The girl said they empty after three hours, clean out the tin, bring out fresh food. Whilst I was there, chef added fresh food, stirred the tins.

Only too happy to give me a drink of water, filtered water.

Not sure what to do when finished. Are we meant to clear the tables? There was a box for cutlery. I did what others did, tidied up, left on the tray.

Covid biosecurity good: Tables clean, staff wearing masks, hand sanitiser. It could be improved still further by making Deliveroo wait outside and handed their delivery, if enter, wear mask and remove crash helmet.

Pick A Bap

November 30, 2021

Pick A Bap, a Korean restaurant in a grotty shopping centre.

Pick a Bap opened a couple of years ago. It was not good then. Had it improved? Yesterday I paid a visit, ordered some food, in many ways surprised it was still open.

It was empty when I walked in. The shopping centre in which it is located, deserted, many empty units.

I asked of what was sitting in the tins, sitting for how long I hate to think. It was mid-afternoon. From ther look of the contents I guess all day.

A sign says all need to know, Food Prepared Fresh Daily. Bread fresh each day yes, food no, I want cooked fresh.

Asked to tell me what the food was, they refused.

I pointed at one dish, spicy chicken. Yes, with rice please.

It was not good, a fair description would be to say disgusting.

I asked for water. They refused, pointed to a chiller cabinet with bottled water.

Awful music blaring out.

Plastic utensils. Wooden chopsticks loose in a box.

Covid biosecurity non-existent: No hand sanitiser as I walked in, or on tables. Staff not wearing masks. On leaving I used hand sanitiser outside the barber shop next door (it too was empty).

Compared with a couple of years ago when it opened, it was no surprise I was their only customer, it was not good then, if anything, has got worse. Food and service poor.

I cannot compare with food in Korea, but compared with Korean street food in Berlin, two Korean restaurants in Guildford, it compares very unfavourably.

Courgette stuffed with minced pork and sweet potato served with basmati rice

August 28, 2021

Last week, left overs from a few days before, a courgette stuffed with minced pork and sweet potato, left over popped in a casserlole dish and when cool, in the fridge

Taken out of the fridge, then when reache room tempeature, fan oven 150C for thirty minutes.

Basmataie rice, brought to the boil in a pan of boiling water, allowed to simmer.


Bailgate Deli falafel salad

May 15, 2021

A cold wet day, more like winter than mid-May, a visit to the deserted Lincoln farmers market on Castle Hill, I wonder why I bother, as not worth a visit, i thought grab a sausage roll from Redhill Farm shop, head off down Steep Hill, when it stated to rain.

Next option, eat at Bailgate Deli, a little deli in a side street off Bailgate.

Menu written on the window, I decided on soup and falafel, check the soup, no soup, and no free tables.

A table came free. The falafel and salad was excellent, but too cold to sit outside, a warm day would be pleasant, but not a cold day.

Next week they will be able to offer indoor sitting. I would not wish to eat inside, too small. As it was, lack of social distancing of the outside tables.

I learnt on leaving, the little side street has finally been granted traffic free pedestrianised status. Now long overdue pedestrianise Bailgate

I picked up cheesecake for later. It was excellent.

The rain had stopped, walk down Steep Hill for a coffee at Coffee Aroma.

Hanki revisited

December 7, 2020

Hanki is a little a Korean restaurant in Jeffries Passage.

Whenever I pass by it is empty. Not so Saturday, not only busy, but very noisy Chinese.

Today lunchtime, empty.  I discuss with the ever helpful young Korean guy, the steamed white rice stir fry with vegetables and ease off the chilli.

My  suggestion taken up by the chef and oh what a difference. The rice changes from bland boring and not very tasty to to very tasty. The deep fried chicken now bland in comparison. Maybe a little chilli.

I also added tempura prawns. These were excellent.

But, generous portion size and too much. Sufficient for two people to share. I found myself struggling to finish.


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