The Owl and the Pussycat is a great bar in Byron, they have big windows all around so you can shelter from the sun but still be outside, they do lots of food but we went for tapas and wine one evening.

I can’t lie, I mostly wanted to go here because of the neon signs.

These chilli and cumin spiced almonds were great.

My favourite bites were the herb and feta arancini, I really want to try to make some of these. I know I say this a lot.

These are little goats cheese and heirloom tomato tarts. Teeny tiny food makes me happy.

More seafood popcorn, they love it over there I had it so many times, this was served with lemon and pepper aioli.

We also ate whitebait, zucchini (courgette) and mint fritters and they were served with cucumber relish and black olive salsa.

Another recommendation for you… The Owl and The Pussycat – Byron Bay

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Harvey Nichols, Bristol

January 11, 2011

This weekend we finally made a trip to the Harvey Nicks restaurant, I have wanted to go since forever but never managed to get round to it, the combination of eating in a gold dining room (love that!) and that the food has a great reputation pushed it to the top of my hit list…

After dark you enter through a side entrance, so you don’t have to be distracted by all the lovely shoes and clothes (damn!)

Another reason to go is the set menu, we had planned to splash out tonight but actually found that the set menu more appealing, and at £18 for three courses is an absolute bargain!

We were given an amazing amuse bouche, an artichoke velouté with truffle oil…

I have been wanting to try duck for a little while now, it’s something I never thought I would want to eat but reading a few duck recipes on various blogs has made me think about it a lot, so I thought this would be a chance for a taste before I try cooking it. 

We both went for the duck salad…

It was a great salad, the citrus and pomegranate were great with duck, fruit is I hear…

I also found out duck is very tasty indeed.

Just to show how times have changed the Boy then ordered the fish and I ordered more meat…

 He had salmon kedgeree, served with half an egg, I rarely criticise but that was a little silly, at least give the whole egg it’s not a huge dish, unless it was a presentation thing I do not understand this at all…

However I am advised it was a delicious meal and we ordered sides so it was not an issue.

I had Confit of guinea fowl, which was delicious… served with a parsnip mash and crisps…

For sides we had creamy Cavalo Nero (cream; great way to make vegetables unhealthy but even more tasty) with pancetta, and roasted Chantilly carrots with pumpkin seeds, I wasn’t sure about this at first but they go great together I will definitely be stealing that idea…

For dessert, again how things have changed I wanted nothing sweet…

The Boy ordered sticky toffee pudding, which was really light, so was a nice end to fill him up after two courses that were perfectly sized to leave for room for pudding!

And I moved to the a la carte for some cheese…

The blue was by far my favourite (which I think was the Dunsyre), so tangy!

The oatcakes were so thick that it was difficult to eat this delicately but they were so tasty I really didn’t care…

We washed this all down with Harvey Nicks Prosecco to start, and a Sancerre from 2009.

 I can’t share more than that as the Boy chose and I didn’t even get to see the list, and I had a very large glass of Harvey Nicks port to finish.

I definitely recommend the restaurant here, it feel very decadent eating in a gold room. The bar is great too and you almost don’t feel like you’re Bristol… I almost felt like I was back in Singapore or if the building was (much) higher New York… you have to use your imagination ut you know…

The food is great value, and so good and this week a new offer is starting, £19.50 for two people for three courses… ridiculous, so if you’re in Bristol go soon.

Hot Lunch… Magic Roll

July 14, 2010

Magic Roll is a Bristol institution, it used to be the late night spot when I was at university, a great healthy option among all the kebab and burger joints…

they make wraps filled with goodies such as lamb/halloumi/chicken/steak/falafel then filled with salads, relishes, hummus, salsas, olives etc, the options are endless!

Nowadays it is more of a lunchtime spot and they now have an outlet near my office… great news!

If you have never had a magic roll hot foot there for your lunch today! There is one on the triangle and one on Redcliffe Street…

They also now sell savory tarts (I had a bite and it really was amazing, I nearly cancelled my magic roll for one, but as I needed a healthy lunch stuck with it)… they also sell Tyrrells (the best crisps in the world), chocolate treats from Montezuma’s and delicious drinks…

And home-made banoffe pies, this is my favourite dessert EVER and I am still quite amazed at my willpower in not buying one… although I am sure I will at some point, they are so cute!

This time I went for a ‘Daisy Demuth’ which is halloumi, roasted butternut squash, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and fresh lemon… it was great! (apart from the fact I had to eat at my desk)

I had no afternoon slump and a really energetic gym session after work…

they are quite hefty but at least there’ll be no afternoon snacking!

Go check it! Here’s the menu in full

Souk Me Up!

June 25, 2010

So since I seem to be having a week of recommendations I didn’t want to buck the trend so here’s another Bedminster gem… Souk on North Street.

This used to be called Cafe Centrica, serves really really really good middle eastern food and one of mine and the Boy’s favourite places to eat, when it closed for refurbishment we were very concerned…

However we needn’t have worried as it has reopened with a similar menu, but a revamped branding that I think is really good and will work wonders and hopefully mean that Souk is here for years to come.

I have been twice in the past week, once with a girl friend and once with the Boy so these photographs are a combination of those two visits, even I couldn’t eat all this food in one go.
This will show the range of what this unassuming but amazing little restaurant does…

I really have to recommend you go for the Souk it and See! tasting menu available during the week, it’s £9.95 for bread and dips, a starter, a main and a dessert.

Don’t worry they’re all slightly smaller than normal so you can do it… but it is a lot of food so go hungry!

The Boy and I started with bread and dips, we always get this the dips are so good, really fresh tasting and the hummus is GREAT!

We often get them to take away too if we have people coming for dinner and don’t have time to make our own.

This time we had hummus, a thick riata and a kind of green dhal, plus the standard olives and chillies and the amazing flatbread.

I missed the smokey tomato-chilli dip this time, that is worth the trip alone…

On this evening I decided to go for the tapas (3 starter dishes for £6.50) I had sardines, meatballs and the best falafel I have ever had (including my sweet potato recipe!).

The falafel was served with a smoked chilli jam, I really need to make this soon it is amazing.

That was more than enough for me, I didn’t quite finish it all, but is a great way to try lots of dishes if there are a few of you.

The Boy had halloumi skewers, they also do chicken and lamb, served with salad and rice… they are huge!

Now skipping to my visit with my friend Ania… we being girls with our eyes on the dessert menu skipped starters and went for a vegetable tagine with cous cous…

 …and I had a Persian fish curry, this truly is one of my all time favourite meals and have had it countless times here, it’s so filling, but fresh tasting at the same time… do try it!

Then we decided to get two desserts as we couldn’t decide and just dig in… we had a flourless chocolate cake and a yogurt cake…

I loved the yogurt cake and am desperate to make my own, will give it a go soon and let you know how I get on…

I am also planning on visit Souk again very soon, I want to try a Turkish Pizza…

P.s They also do great breakfasts, I have only ever been once as they truly are HUGE!