Manahatta Merrion Street | Bottomless Brunch

Hi All,
I can’t believe it was last week. It’s gone super fast. Me and one if my best friends Curtis went to Manahatta at the top of Leeds on Merrion Street. A small pedestrianised street, which screams street party, but that’s a blog for another day.
The outing was that little bit extra special because it was my birthday present from my doll. Yes I’m a Leo but we both lead heavy social lives so this was the selected day to share together.
We arrived by train and caught an uber as far as possible, Leeds and the majority of the north experienced a heavy downpour so we simply didn’t want to get wet. Plus it was only a £3 uber, #easystreet .
We arrived a little early for our time of 3pm so we propped ourselves at the bar and ordered two North Star Martinis, which is a combination of Vodka, Aperol & Passionfruit and some other items but they make it sound disgusting which it truly is not. Just to warn you it takes forever because they basically need to whip/froth it up so they do this by tipping back and forward into another cup which allows the air to get into it. But it is Delish. When it arrives.
Quickly after recieving the cocktails we were shown to a tuquoise semi circle booth just to the right of the front door with a view of the entire place.
We were handed menus and a briefing of how it works. Granted we didn’t need this as Curtis is literally a pro at bottomless brunching.
Now for those of you that are new to this concept, the majority of restaurants have mainly the same rules and formalities but their drink/food options may change.
So here you get 90minutes to enjoy a plate from the menu(the food on it-before everyone says ‘you eat the crockery’?!) and you can have as many drinks as you can drink within the 90 minutes.
We had recieved our briefing and requested our first drinks, I chose Aperol Spritz and Curtis a prosecco and our food. We knew what we wanted – let’s get the party going!!
After what felt like forever we recieved our first round of drinks, and I was pleasantly surprised I got two, apparently the bar had simply made two so that was excellent being it had been a fair while.
We sipped, we nattered, we took photos, here’s me wearing a black off the shoulder body and a red and back checked skirt.
See above the other Aperol simply waiting to be drank.
The food arrived and it was glorious, I did have my reservations that the food would look sloppy/rushed due to the fact it was simply so busy but honesly complete opposite, props to the chief. Plus for the price the quality of food was top notch. Couldn’t fault it and they swapped my beans for an extra hash brown!!
We ate and nattered a bit more, as I was out of Aperol I ordered another round. Again it was slow but also as much as we had a great booth we weren’t situated the best in hindsight as all the other booths got more attention. So when we got our order in I asked for an additional glass of prosecco which he granted, due to the wait and when my aperols came (two again) I passed the prosecco to Curtis. We sipped and chatted and enjoyed our beverages in the bar/Resturant.
It was almost upto our 90 minutes get off the table time and we thought we could fit in another round but it became very difficult. Curtis did get a top up but once ordered my Aperol didn’t arrive. We moved to the bar area near the kitchen. A good 5 minutes later 2 Aperol Spitz came towards me. And as Curtis had now finished her beverage it only seemed appropriate to ask if another glass was possible, safe to say, a glass swiftly arrived.
So in total I enjoyed 6 Aperol Spitz & Curtis drank a good bottle and a glass of prosecco. So all in all we got the monies worth!
Everything was bliss about this occasion, more the company than anything but you couldn’t fault the food. Service wasn’t bad but the waiter did get busy with bigger groups.
Loved it, can’t wait for the next one!

Eatery Review : Alexander’s

Hi All,
We went for dinner for a person who has taken up a small residence in my heart after only a short time, my beautiful assistant Elizabeth ‘Beth’ . We went on Friday with a reservation at 17:30, we arrived on time after parking on the high street.
We were met by a lady on the door asking if we would like a drink or if we were dining with them this evening. First off my alarm bells were ringing; we’re in Skipton, this seems a little unnesscary. But as I was more interested with the interior the ladies went to the hosts lectern. After finding the booking and welcoming us in, he lifted the rope entrance to the dinning room. Now let’s just stop. Again, we’re in Skipton. What is the need for this…honestly I’d love to know, it seemed completely pretentious!!
But keeping an open mind I absolutely loved the flow and completely on trend, botanical, chic style they had gone for. Honestly if I had a Resturant, apart from there being maybe more music, it was pretty much to a T!! Beautiful! Props to the interior designer.
We were seated in the outside covered area. Now as I had booked, this wasn’t what I expected. I’m not sure what we would’ve done had it rained but luck was on our side and it was truly glorious.
We ordered a bottle of prosecco, white wine, water and a Coca Cola. The service was prompt although becuase the severer delivered all drinks and then walked away to drop off his tray, I was for a moment confused as to whether we were meant to pour our own. But he returned eventually, little odd got to admit. But having said that, the prosecco is lush!!! Although probably not worth the £28 price tag.
So let’s be frank; when you first look at the menu it’s simply confusing. It’s like it genuinely doesn’t know what cuisine it’s trying to achieve, or if Bob the owner thought ‘well I right like curry and I right like croquettes, and there isn’t a Resturant like that so let’s do both’ but having said that there was plenty I want to try, so if Bob thought that, props!
(I cannot comfirm that the owner is actually called Bob)
I ordered the Lamb Shawarma, Chipolatas & the Croquettes. Ok so let’s break it down, the Croquettes were literally incredible and came with a jelly type thing which was just so yummy. Like I want them for every snack time! The lamb was delish, ‘Beth’ said she didn’t even like lamb but thought it was lovely!! And there was so much of it!! The chipolatas, they didn’t zing like I’d hoped they would, they were a bit lack luster. I was hoping for sticky with the spice of the mustard. What I got was sort of slightly sticky sausages on a raisin and mustard relish. Wouldn’t order again.
On a side note our plates didn’t come out together, they came out as they were ready. Which in a lot of cases this is great. Now the waitress did state this after we ordered and asked if it was ok. Now to be honest I didn’t really feel we could say no. But maybe that just needs rewording; would you prefer everything together or as and when it’s ready?
The ladies had Hallumi Fries, Chicken, Feta & the Flatbread. We were in agreement that the chicken would be better as breast rather than thigh, as we took a guess that was why the chicken was of a slight dark shade. Also if they had crispened up the skin this would of improved the dish. The Hallomi fries!!!!!! They were really good. We all thought the feta was delish but it would’ve been better to reduce the price and portion.
Even though I was verging on bursting, the idea of Chocolate Cherries I couldn’t pass up. And even though I felt a complete pain because it had strawberries on it and needed to be sent back, they were lush. Fresh and delicious. Lucy and Elizabeth shared the truffles and if their faces were anything to go off, they were great.
Overall I was more than impressed, I honestly didn’t expect what I experienced and tasted. There were so many events that made the experience that little bit better. All the ladies wearing Nike black trainers, now I appreciate it doesn’t improve the food but it’s just that extra attention to detail. Every single member of staff was so friendly and accommodating. It was such a welcome change.
Let’s talk cost for a small moment. It was a total of £137.50 for 4 people which would roughly work out at £34.38pp. Now is that bad? Well I am going with ‘its prickling on a bit expensive’ for a 1.25 course dinner. Yes I was stuffed but I would say it’s not cheap for a Friday night tea.
-I’m not sure I’d be dead keen on having a date night here as I like to enjoy a sort of two or three course affair and I’m not sure I’m feeling it all coming out as its ready for that kind of situation but this could be altered I’m sure.
-I can only fault the style of the place in The Lawrence, may have mis-read that but that is the upstairs dinning room which I assume is mainly for functions. Now do I dislike it, no, does it have the same appearance and charm as everywhere else, no. This room would be beyond great for a murder mystery night with food and its own bar but it does lack a bit of character truth be told. Those beautiful windows and the rest of room could have so much to offer. Maybe it’s a work in progress.
-There are very few restaurants that really grasp casual living. What I mean by that is; Imagine when it’s a lovely day and you’re just relaxing with a bottle of fizz you may just want to nibble through the afternoon and not want to order all at once. Alexander’s have really nailed that. So for an upmarket scene with a chilled atmosphere is pretty impressive.
4.7 out of 5
Thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t wait to try the brunch menu!

Eatery Review : nami sushi

Hi All,
Another Eatery Review! Sorry guys apart from eating I’m not doing much else. But hey, I hope you’re enjoying them.

Last weekend I took a trip to Lancaster to see my oldest friend; Alexandra. We had a great time nattering and catching up on all things old and new. 

We headed for an early dinner at nani sushi in the heart of the quaint city around 5pm. The restaurant was as expected, quiet for the time, but was beautifully lit with the sunshine and the perfect way to enjoy the last of the days sun.

After sitting down at the sushi bar a gentleman came over with some menus. We ordered the Saki(plum wine) and two beers. Now im not suggesting I need help to read a menu because I don’t, and I am a seasoned sushi eater, but I honestly feel a little guidance at this point wouldn’t of gone-a-miss. Unlike Yo! Sushi the menu is a standard menu and what I mean by this is there isn’t a picture to show you what things look like, so when you’re trying to work out what’s what you’re a bit blind.
A lot of sushi I am very familiar with so I picked a couple of dishes off the belt while we decided what to have made to order. Including a sort of seaweed type dish and it was sooo delicious!! Again, if the menu had pictures I’d be able to tell you its name. After a few dishes we ordered a Chicken noodle dish & a Prawn Noodle dish and having been to other establishments where they’re pretty small, we were expecting the same. Think again; they were huge!! So again, maybe a short briefing when presenting the menu that would’ve been great.

Only a short post today but I have to say Plum Wine & Miso Soup is such a brilliant combination(obviously not in the same cup)
3.8 out of 5

Eatery Review : The Foundry Project

So for the mother in laws birthday we picked Foundry Project in Harrogate on The Ginnel, which is located in the centre of town. 
We had an early sitting for a change and it was lovely to see when we arrived the outside terrace was full of people sitting in the last of sunshine. 
The interior is like so amazing, it’s golds and brass, concrete and all the dark colours. Totally up my street! 

I arrived thinking I’m having a Smoked Cherry Manhattan Cocktail, I left with one thought I didn’t like that at all. I also had some form of pink cocktail but safe to say I didn’t enjoy that either. So the birthday girl got a few cocktail to enjoy. My gran ordered a procecco which came flat to start with but they soon put it right with a fresh glass. The boys had nothing to talk about…sorry guys. 
After the cocktails the place had gone down in my expectations so when the starters came I was overly shocked and agreed that the nachos were totally incredible. We shared the garlic dough balls, tomato and Parmesan dough balls, nachos, fried pickels and caramel and chilli chicken wings. And it was served and tasted AMAZING!!!! Like literally, I have never want to eat nachos so much that doesn’t have guacamole on them. They had the perfect crunch and those chips at the bottom didn’t go soggy even with a mass of sauce on top! The wings were really sweet and hot all that the same time. And pickles were different and super amazing with the blue cheese Mayo. The dough were amazing so much garlic!!!!! 

So my opinion was definitely raised and then the mains came. I order the Mozzerella and Tomato Pizza, Jimboh had the Beef Ragu, MIL shared a Jerk Chicken and Salad with Gran and Will had a burger. We had some house fries and slaw to share. Let’s just say I’ve had better and if you can call the slaw – slaw I am shocked it was more of a crunchy dip. Far to much sauce. You couldn’t even see the vegetable shards. The pizzas were sloppy and well I just didn’t think it was great. But the burger was the bees knees! Very impressive.

None of us had desserts but the menu was pretty decent all the same. Would I return? Yes but I’d be getting the starter and just having it all to myself as a main.
3 out of 5

Eatery Review : Friends of Ham Ilkley

Hi All, 
Another eatery review coming at you! 
Sorry to mention it again, it was my birthday last week!!! So we went to Friends of Ham in Ilkley, just located on a side road up from Pizza Express. 

Taking the few steps upto the bar area it’s ever so cute inside; a bar straight ahead, a few tables and where they prepared the amazing food! We sat in the back room with the huge bay window. My favourite couple were there as a big surprise which was lovely, along with my family who were supposed to be a surprise but they obviously can’t keep secrets (truth be told none of them can lie ).

Birthday balloons and procecco for the table but mainly for me, it’s fermented in the bottle which means it’s drier than normal and also cloudier than I’m used to but I drank it all the same.

The interior is so chic, with lush leather, velvet soft furnishings along with big mirrors and even bigger light fittings. The atmosphere is so relaxed with board games and card games available to enjoy the day right through. I felt like lingering was encouraged here. 

Moving onto the food, even the menus are made of pig or something animal. Definitely not for a veggy! The menu isn’t massive but perfectly formed. There’s plenty of option in all area, cheese, meat, wine and beer. With even more selections written on the mirror. 

We had a strong cheddar, the Gorgonzola, the ham that they so lovingly cut of the bone and a even thinner that pastrami beef and it was all amazing. We also tried the pig cheeks ‘Baths Chaps’ wow that’s some lush stuff. My family enjoyed much of the same but some had the Ploughmans and my dad even said the pork pie was the best he’s ever had. 

There were a few items they didn’t have on the day, but to be honest it was a massive problem and that sort of added charm.

My only note to add would be if Friends of Ham is a Complete Ham Board which is basically one of everything and they just worked on timings it to the number people at the table I think that would just be even better.
4.9 out of 5 

Eatery Review : Tempest Arms

Hi All, 
As part of team building for work and becuase I a. Love food and b. It was my birthday the following day, it made total sense to me to go out for dinner. 
The Tempest Arms is nestled in the hills between Earby and Skipton, having been plenty of times it just made sense to enjoy a girls dinner here. 
We called on Tuesday and were shocked they only had one table available for Thursday night…says so much! 
Our table was booked for 6 and as we arrived the sun made his only appearance of the day! It’s such a cute location. And the interior is just as cute. 
We arrived early and had a round of drinks on the boss, #bonus ! I had a pims and procecco which as lush as it was, needed to be sweeter. Loved the goblet tho.
The Resturant is so awesome because even though it’s rather large, where ever you sit you don’t feel like you just in a empty Resturant  (granted it didn’t last long at all) .  
Janey, who’s a bit of a ledge wanted starters and mains. So we got Bert in a Box & there famous mushrooms to share with a plank of bread.
So like I cannot fault the mushrooms apart from bring me more, like 3 pots of them. They were so delish the perfect balance of creamy yet cheesey!! Coming onto the Bert in a Box which was delish and perfectly cooked but I thought the sort of play on words would have meant it arrived with more quirky, I realised Cambert comes in a like mini crate but I was hoping it was gonna come in a further box, I was thinking Jack in a Box. You couldn’t fault it’s gooeyness. And here’s a question, are you meant to eat the skin?
For mains, I had the special, I love that they have a daily Hyme Sheet, it shows really cooking talent. No chief should be restricted from season to season. The specials should always be exciting and new and the Tempest delivers. So I got the Duck(obviously) wow it was melt in the mouth. Possibly the best duck I’ve ever had! And the potato Roti, can the chief in charge of those batch them up and allow me to freeze them for like every meal!! Lucy had the lamb but admitted it was dry, we advised the waitress who did apologises. Janey had the fish pie, which she ate the whole thing and said she could eat it again it was simply that good. My Elizabeth had the steak and ale pie, as she is fighting tonsoliets she could barely eat it(now to go on the record I obviously want her to have 100% health) but the steak pie was incredible and we enjoyed finishing it for her. 

We had no starters but we shared a couple bottles of wine, there wine list is serious!! 
This place is such a home feel and the food is top. And if you have an upcoming event they have an adorable room at the back, just a note to add.
4.8 out of 5
I can’t wait till I can go again!

Eatery Review – The Pit

Hi All,

Bank holiday feels like ages ago since work has been a bit crazy this week! Oh well it’s lunch ish time now so that means it’s only 2 more get ups and it’s a chilled weekend!!! 

On Monday me and James went to Harrogate for a little gander around Homesense and some lunch. With no idea where to go I used Trip Advisor to find me something Tex-Mex style. I didn’t look at the review I basically went off the picture. 
We arrived around 1pm ish and parked on the main road as The Pit is just a 2 minute walk off the high street. 

The decor is how you’d expect, industrial and leather combination. Sorry I actually don’t think you can pin this style down. Big open bar, different levels.
We sat down in a open booth with a great view of the entire place. The staff were lovely and attentive and were happy to come back with James’ drink while I continued to find my drink choice.

I had a Cherry Smash which was a bourbon cocktail and it was delish and very refreshing with the mint tang!

We ordered The North of the Border BBQ sharing platter along with a Mac and Cheese side and some Philly Fries. 

The first comment to make is you often get starters to share and there isn’t a plentiful array of food; it’s often just a slightly bigger portion, sort of 1 & 1/2. But this was totally different, a really good portion for 2..especially since we weren’t having mains.

The only item on the platter which could’ve been better was the sliders; they could’ve done with more chicken or or sauce, or perhaps a brioche bun. Just felt like a basic choice.

Now to my favourite bits; the Gucaomole was incredibley well seasoned and the chunkiness was perfect! And the Mac& Cheese had this amazing crumb with the most perfect consistency, not too sloppy.

The Resturant was just what we needed after the shopping and to top it off we received 50% off food, just because it was Monday. Can’t go wrong!

Worth a visit 

4 out of 5