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  1. Hoochy-Min

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    Gravy on fish?

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    Macdonalds Forster Square Bradford. Quarter pounder and fries. Nice decor, fries crispy, burger smaller than the illustrated on screen burger but nice nevertheless. Carbonated drink to finish off.
     
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    Went to an old favourite last Friday - Monkman's in Ilkley. Very nice indeed.
    I had fish soup starter, venison main and creme brulee pud. Starter and main were lovely; pud was pretty standard. Other half had garlic king prawns and hake for main.
    Good atmosphere and very friendly service.
    We were going to have a bottle of malbec but I noticed an Italian wine they were plugging on their specials board. The owner said we could try it and if we didn't like it he'd sell the rest by the glass. I liked it so much I ordered a case of it from him, which he sold me at cost price - a tenner a bottle.
     

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  5. Hoochy-Min

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    Bless you.
     
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    Went to Napoleons after match,£17.95 for 3 course meal bacardi coke and £5 bet,bargain, prawn cocktail,sirloin steak(well done)and parkin and custard;)
     
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    Well done steak? I'm not angry, just disappointed.
     
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    A tale of two meals.
    My wife had a special birthday last year and was given a £150 voucher for the Box Tree, Ilkley. We weren't doing indoor eateries last February so we used it this birthday instead and went there on Saturday. Since we were last there, six years ago, the menu has changed from a la carte to a set meal at a fixed price of £90 each.
    What can I say? It was ok. Is ok good enough for £90 a head? No it isn't. As is the way with these tasting multi course meals, you get just enough to decide you like the course and then it's all gone.
    The main course typified it. Lamb is just about my favourite meat. It was nicely cooked but nothing special - I had a lamb shank with rosemary gravy from Morrisons a few weeks ago that I enjoyed more tbh. The puddings were the best bit.
    It was all very formal and stuffy. I was glad we didn't have the wine pairing because the sommelier gave the recipients a five minute wine lecture with every course. I've no objection to hearing a bit about each wine but this was ridiculous.
    We had a G&T each, shared a bottle of malbec and had a glass of dessert wine each. The bill came to £130 on top of the £150 voucher. We had a pleasant evening but no earthly way will I be back paying that sort of dosh for what was on offer.

    Yesterday we made a last minute decision to stay overnight in Helmsley and go for a seven mile walk today (my wife's actual birthday). We got a deal for £85 b&b at The Feathers hotel. It was excellent - cosy, very friendly, helpful staff (without all the cloying pomp & ceremony). The food was really good. I had the roast beef with all the trimmings - a proper plate of food with a healthy pile of vegetables rather than three artfully arranged mange tout. Wife had baked cod, also good. The sticky toffee pudding was to die for. At £8 a starter, £17 main and £7 pud it was a fraction of the Box Tree cost and I enjoyed it more. Breakfast was excellent too. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
     
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    Chinese curry sauce, too. Magic. The Mayflower stuff from B&M is worth the dehydration.
     
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    Give me a small menu of stuff that can be made fresh to order over a massive list of gear that's coming out of the freezer any day of the week.

    It's one guy in the kitchen at the Waterside, occasionally with a sous chef. Needs must.
     
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    Ate at the Moorcock Inn just outside Sowerby Bridge on Sat'day.

    Bus to Halifax then to SB - only cost a fiver for a day's travel for 2. Taxi'd to the pub/restaurant though - it's a right hike.

    Bizarre but brilliant to see the place rammed with daytrippers (like us) from around the country. Our waiter said they originally hoped for 10 people per service but have been overwhelmed by the take-up. Prob helps that some of the national critics have loved it.

    Understandably so. Distinctive and (relatively) generous stuff going on here.

    I suppose the food's got a touch of the Scandi style about it - lots of foraged herbs - dead 'interesting' if you fancy summat different. Just about survived without chips.

    Bread/Snacks/Soup/Oyster/Fish/Duck/Ice cream for 35 quid each.

    After 1 bottle of wine we asked for a recommendation for a 2nd and the restaurant manager (chef's wife I think) gave us both some healthy swigs 'to try'. The one we eventually chose was a quid cheaper than what we'd got originally. No aggressive up-sellling.

    Massive smoking ovens outside means we stank like bonfires by the end but it was ace.

    From there to the Travellers Rest in Hipperholme.
     
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    Ate at Mamma Mia on Satday for the first time in a year. Nicely busy & most tables occupied. Carbonara was top notch.

    A return visit to the Box Tree for lunch today. Will douse myself in the free aftershave to ensure I get my money's worth.
     
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    It is THE oldest.
    I love it. Good old fashioned Bratfud curry house with formica tables and no fancy stuff. Superb lamb and spinach karai (as featured on Rick Stein's Food Heroes several years ago). Big plate full of onion bhaji. All cheap as chips. Decent service. On street parking.
    What's not to like?
     
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    Personally, I'd have been offended and it would have spoilt my day. After paying for 10 meals in advance they are presuming (& taking the piss) that you are still going to screw them, that's really bad customer service and I wouldn't go again.

    Satdi night out in Bratfud OMG! The Venue Ivegate, a total shithole, never seen anything like it, big metal security barriers around the DJ area, WTF goes on in there? Stank like a sewer too. The Drum Winder was bizarre, it's new but could have been new in 1985.........and if you like smoking roll ups, drinking cheapest pints & and showing off your new grey/olive/brown Greenwoods anarok, this is the place for you. Bouncers all over the place. The tunnels were dead at 7, that's because most bars in there don't open till 7, WTF? In Leeds that place would be rammed from noon. Bear food place upstairs looked cool and had some regular/normal middle aged spenders in there, having tapas and drinking Fino & stuff, all Thackley like.

    The Olde Crown.:brig: Don't know what to think, but think Pile Bar 1990. Fook me I honestly didn't know places like this existed nowadays, was a total eye opener for me, all it needed was tinsel stage curtains. They had a real singer on now and again, he was good but it was all "Build me up Buttercup" old time standards. This joint would be laughed out of Leeds centre but wow, it got busier and busier, by 11pm it was rammed, mostly with folk who looked like they'd arrived from straight from a Flock of Seagulls concert, it was a total throwback and giving Bratfud folk what they want, a good time. Tbh I enjoyed it. :)
     
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    Been often told that Aleppo on Gt Horton Road opposite the Alahambra is good. So waking up and, unsurprisingly, owning a pair of legs each, under a clear blue sky Mrs Abbo & I set off walking from Thackley along the Shipley Bradford green route....why not?

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186408-d16869312-Reviews-or10-Aleppo-Bradford_West_Yorkshire_England.html

    First impressions were good, it's a nice cafe, blah counter serving area but they've made an effort in the seating room. decent chairs, good table cloths, arabic lanterns, some recessed led's made for a nice ambience, they changed colour and provided endless fascination for me. I didn't like, "stuff", left about, cleaning products, water spray bottles (bizarre as the plants were plastic) and big plastic bottles of sauces.

    The menu is extensive and full of things I like, I don't do big meals, I like bits and bobs to pick at. We shared a warm platter of fried aubergine, falafel, spiced potatoes, cheese rolls, salad, fried halloumi all sprinkled with herbs and spices. Along with a smaller side dish of olivesa nd stuffed vine leaves. I've never had a tasty falafel until today, it's always tasted of nothing much to me before and usually too dry, but this was great, everything was great, a feast of flavours! Including 2 x 7 up's the bill was a tenner! The food was filling enough for us but for most I think they'd want a platter (£5) each. The sole server was super friendly and had made up 4 baklava for us to take as we were leaving, no charge. It was so nice I'd actually make the effort to go again, effort meaning putting up with Bratfud for a bit. I'd happily recommend this place to everybody and with plenty of options for meat eaters and veggies it'd suit a party.

    But, at 12:30 there was nobody else in there, I have no idea what there customer base is, locals + college/uni kids maybe? I do know that they could open in Saltaire or Shipley, raise their prices 25% and do very well indeed.

    Bratfud was so quite and so disproportionately fatso.............the sight of Fattorini's depressed me, metal cages full of what was, essentially shit for sale, strewn about outside, Tunnels dead, Ivegate surprisingly busy and the City Vaults nearly rammed, they've done a good job of the extension and that is a quality place to booze, might try it's food sometime.
     
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    Pie and a pint wouldn't be my last meal but each to his own. I like a pie (who doesn't) but it wouldn't be my death row final meal.

    Comfort food that makes me think of home and childhood would be sausage, egg, chips and beans. Dollop of brown sauce. Buttered slice of white to mop up after.

    There's a youtube in this @millario@millario m8.
     
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    Only wore visors, my god, wouldn't know where to look.
     
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    I was in town last weekend for a flying visit and wanted a 'proper' curry. Sister wanted an Aagrah buffet which I was ok with but when we found out it's not open until teatime the floor was open. I'd read about Sultans on this thread so thought we'd give it a go. One sentence review; it's how a Bradford curry used to be.

    I'll attach the menu and you'll see that it's not extensive. In fact there are no veggie starters at all. Not even onion bhajis or poppadoms which is surely a staple. A few whispers of discontent amongst the ranks established at the table. I got a sheek kebab. Still sizzling when it arrived which is always a good sign. Delicious. I was the only greedy get having a starter anyway.

    Mains. The 2 veggies at the table didn't have much choice and went for a aloo mutter and an aloo gobi to share half each. The southerner went for a biryani and looked worried. He'd had a bite of my kebab that almost blew his head off. I went for a meat karahi. Ordered rice and a naan with it then we get the good news. 'It comes with 3 chapattis anyway mate.' Jaw hit the floor. You forget that when you're exiled from Bradford.

    With no poppadoms to munch on as we waited the 10 minutes for the food we had to chat. Couldn't even look down my nose at a double dipper. There's always one. Entertained by the chef literally shouting to people stuff like 'THERE'S EGG IN THE BIRYANI MATE, IS THAT ALRIGHT?' Southerner replies, ' Yeah vats awight mate' in that southern way.

    The curry was sensational. Really really bloody good. I asked for medium spice as I've been out of Bradford for a while and all soft now and it was just delicious. Meat so tender, consistency just right, chapattis so good. The veggies were attacking the leftover sauce in the bowl with the last remnants of any bread they could find. Southerner even finished his biryani with the help of a lot of yoghurt sauce. Pennies under £45 for 4 of us.

    Didn't do desert.

    Decor is old school, high topped bench style seats in booths. Nothing fancy about this place. It's cash only so have that in mind. Cash machine at Tesco Express.

    Will I come again? Every time I'm in Bradford. In fact I went in the next day to get the exact same meal as a takeaway to have when I got home after a long drive. Didn't get to eat it which is another story we won't go into but I'm still upset and angry days later.

    Go, it's great.
     

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    Never cooked a hand made pizza in my life I decided to buy an ooni

    I can honestly say best pizza I've ever eaten

    Pictures were the first attempt and a bit burnt round the edges but just got better with practice IMG-20220609-WA0001.jpg IMG-20220609-WA0004.jpg IMG-20220609-WA0003.jpg IMG-20220609-WA0005.jpg IMG-20220609-WA0002.jpg
     
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