Saturday, May 19, 2007

And Now I Feel Hungry....

I have been tagged by the lovely Dandelion, which gives me an excuse for a lazy post whilst I pretend to watch the FA cup final. I find football unbelievably dull when I have no interest in the outcome, and how does the neutral observer choose between one stupidly rich team and another stupidly rich team?

The tag is to name your five favourite eateries in your location. So here, in reverse order, my top five eating out joints in Yorkshire.

5. The Angel Inn, Hetton.

Modern European food, with lots of seafood on the bar menu and a great venison in the restaurant. The Angel often picks up awards, and always gets a mention in The Observer Good Food guide. According to the Observer it is ‘miles from anywhere, but nonetheless worth the drive.’ Actually, its only miles from anywhere if you don’t live nearby. For the rest of us, it’s a great local restaurant.

4. The Fountaine Inn, Linton

Modern British menu but this is much, much more than just a pub lunch. The quality is superb, portions generous and they make it a point of principal to use local produce (including a fabulous local cheeseboard.) Their lamb shank signature dish is the best I have tasted. A must visit, next time you are in the Yorkshire Dales.

3. Harlequins, Cowling

More modern European. Really superb food but in the most odd location. Cowling is a one road village with very little to recommend it, and you could be forgiven for driving past Harlequins without giving it a second glance. But the menu is wonderful and the food is some of the best in Yorkshire. Slightly pricey for us at about £45 quid a head (we are tykes, after all) but a favourite of mine for a special occasion.

2. Prashad Chaat House, Bradford

The Patel family started this chaat house on a small side street in Bradford to serve traditional Gujerati food to the local community. Serving chaat, puris, dosas and some fab specialities (like deep fried coconut balls) the Prashaad is building an impressive collection of awards. It remains true to its roots: small, unassuming, unpretentious and with prices to match. The food is fabulous. If you are lucky Bobby Patel will dance around the tables to the background bhangra. He is really quite sexy, which is just an added bonus really.

1. The Kashmir, Bradford

If you like curry, then trying to pick out a restaurant in Bradford is like wandering around one of those wonderful old fashioned sweet shops: you could almost weep at the choice. Bradford curry goers are a parochial lot. There is a serious competitive edge between the hard core restaurants, and friends have been known to fall out over which one is best. We always end up at the Kashmir, and always in the downstairs room which one reviewer has described as ‘having the atmosphere of a high class public urinal’. Dispense with the cutlery and eat with the fabulous pile of chapattis that accompany every dish. If you get them on a good night the food is unbeatable. If you get the best chef’s night off, when the food can be disappointing to say the least, no worries: just go back another time. You would be hard pushed to spend more than £15 a head on a 3 course meal so you haven’t broken the bank.

I shall dispense with tradition, and not tag anyone. If you fancy it, please consider this a tag. The only requirement is that you include the following list and add your link to the bottom.

Happy eating.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra (los angeles, california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA! USA! USA!)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Kat (Ontario, Canada)
badgerdaddy (Ludlow, Shropshire, England)
Dandelion (England, Great Britain)
Ms Melancholy (Yorkshire, UK)


Dandelion said...

"how does the neutral observer choose between one stupidly rich team and another stupidly rich team?"

You're supposed to support whoever's playing against Chelsea, because they apparently are sickening poos, and also some other reasons too which I can't remember.

Loving your five, you've certainly outdone my paltry effort, if I may say so.

Nicole Tan said...

Reading your first paragraph made me depressed again!! How can Manchester United lose??!!! *sob sob*

but getting on to your yummy sounding post, I think The Angel Inn sounds good..and the Fountaine Inn and the lamb shank oww men the sound of it is making me drool!!! might skip Harlequins expensive!!! Prashad Chhat House will also be visited just to see how sexy Bobby Patel is...:)

Ps thanks for doing the tag. If you know of anyone else doing it please feel free to send me a message and I’ll update them too on the updated list of tag doers

Ms Melancholy said...

Hey Dandelion, this is where it gets tricky, because although I have little care for chelsea I have spent a lot of time in Manchester where 'real mancunians support city', apparently. United fans travel up from London every week for the match. Oh dear, I think I should stop now. I fear i am heading for hot water.

Hi there Nicole, well you appear to be an Australian supporting Man U. I rest my case! You are welcome, on the tag front. Thanks for visiting.

Dandelion said...

I think if supporting city entails hating man u, then you have to go for chelsea. But if supporting city is a way of affiliation to manchester in general, then you have to go the second best if only man u is available.

badgerdaddy said...

Let's at least try and go easy on Chelsea, and bear in mind their many supporters before they became very, very rich...

Oh, go on. Please?

velverse said...

Woo... from the site, The Angel Inn look just so fine! My god I really feel like flying over rite now.

Thanks for doing the tag :D

Anonymous said...

I know the curry house in Bradford and the pub in Linton, but would struggle to remember their fayre - last time I ate out in Yorkshire we went to a pub in Grassington and it was very good, but I can´t remember the name and I´m not sure it was quite good enough to make a posh list of the best.

Fish and Chips is Scarborough though, fantastic.

Ms Melancholy said...

Hey Dandelion, I gave up on trying to understand football in Manchester when I lived there. It is just tooo complicated.

Hibadgerdaddy, Oh, ok. But only because you swear a lot x

Hi velverse, yes, it's lovely. Fly right now!

Hey lovely Zeddie, did I bring back some lovely memories for you? Fish and chips, mmmm, I would go for Robin Hoods Bay myself, but only because that is where hub and I decided to get married (don't remember him, or me for that matter, actually proposing) and we celebrated with fish and chips. He sure knows how to treat a girl.

That's so pants said...

I would have done food if anyone had asked.

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