6 Newmarket Row, Bath BA2 4AN - 01225 460240 - www.joyarestaurant.co.uk
Last week we were invited to Joya Italian Steakhouse Restaurant to sample their new menu. It was a lovely warm evening, but inside it was cool and the tables were safely spaced for social distancing.
We ordered drinks whilst we perused the menu - before making our choices.
To start we ordered the Calamari Fritti (£8.50) and the Panzerottini di Puglia (£7.50). The calamari was crisp, and tender with a really tasty chilli mayonnaise, and the Panzerottini (3) were golden fried pizza parcels with tomato and mozzerella filling - really tasty and very authentic.
For the main course we chose the Hotstone Steak Experience Fillet Steak (£29.95) and the Ravioli Del Plin (£15.95).
When you order your steak (there are 4 different cuts to chose from) you then pick your choice of butter which you use to coat the hot stone to cook your steak so it does not stick. We chose garlic and herb butter. You also pick a salt, we went for chilli, and then finally a sauce. We opted for Gorgonzola, which was rich and creamy but not too strong. We chose fries as the side dish (£3.50). When the dish is brought out, the hot volcanic stone is sizzlingly hot, you slice up your steak and cook to your liking on the stone. It was perfectly tender meat, and cooked exactly as we wanted it. If you don't want to cook it yourself, the chef will cook it for you on the grill. A great concept and totally delicious.
The ravioli consisted of a riccota and spinach filling in a rich tomato sauce. They were generously filled and tasted delicious, especially with a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan.
For dessert we chose the Torta al Limone (£7.50), a lovely light lemon cake, with lemon cream and the most delicious lemon sorbet. We also chose the Torta al Chioccolato (£6.50), a rich but incredibly light chocolate fudge cake with gorgeous homemade vanilla gelato.
The newly refurbished upstairs dining room has the most amazing murals on the walls, there is a real sense of theatre in there. The front upstairs dining room is cool and airy, with stunning views over Pulteney Bridge.
In our opinion Joya is one of the nicest restaurants in Bath and the food is stunning. The service we received from Karina and Zuzia was second to none. Paola Hubert the chef - we also thank you for cooking us such a fabulous meal.
If you haven't been to Joya yet, you really must go - tell them we sent you!
9 Edgar Buildings, Bath BA1 2EE. 01225 920600. www.edgarsfoods.co.uk
This week we have been cooking up a storm with the amazing frozen seafood from EDGARS Foods at the top of town. We popped in last week to collect a bag full of frozen goodies from Izzy and to have a look around. The store is full of very competitively priced delights, from seafood to desserts, pantry items and condiments, and a brilliant pick and mix seafood section. You can buy fish by the fillet, and price wise, it cheaper than the big supermarkets! The quality is superb, the fish sustainably sourced and responsibly harvested, and where possible wild caught and MSC certified - so you know it is of the best quality.
Below are a selection of photos of the dishes my husband created using the fish from EDGARS - (he is a fabulous cook).
EDGARS also offer home delivery - free until the end of June, for the wider Bath area - give them a ring to check they cover your area if you are not sure, full details are on the website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm and Sunday 11am til 4pm.
In summary, we have been really impressed with the quality and flavour of the items we received. We will definately we going back to stock up the freezer soon!
8 Bridge St, Bath BA2 4AS. 01225 421850 www.nataco.co.uk
You've probably heard of Nata & Co - their reputation around Bath for their gorgeous Pastel de Nata is legendary. However, you might not know that they have a stunning Portuguese (with a hint of Brazilian) restaurant upstairs.
Recently opened, we were invited to try out the restaurant earlier this week. We were lucky enough to have timed our visit perfectly with the first sunny day in what felt likes months, so Portugese food seemed very fitting. The upstairs restaurant is a real hidden gem, tastefully decorated, elegant and with stunning views across to the Victoria Art Gallery and Pulteney Weir, it really is a fabulous location.
We ordered a glass of wine each (also bottles available to order) from the extensive wine list, and were treated to a little appetiser whilst we enjoyed our drink and tried to decide what to order.
To start, we chose the Croquete de Alheira & Queijo da Serra (£6.95) and the Salada de Polvo (£5.95).
Both dishes were utterly delicious, the croquettes were crisp and filled with spiced sausage and melting sheeps cheese centres, a fabulous flavour combination complimented perfectly with the slightly sweet chutney. The octopus salad was so tender, light delicate flavours with a wonderful texture - a delight.
For our main course we went for the Prego Bun (£11.95) - Picana thin cut 21 day aged rump steak served in a bolo do caco bun with a fried egg, garlic mayo, salad and chunky chips and the Camarao Tigre (£16.95) - a large tiger prawn served with homemade garlic butter. For sides with the prawn we chose chunky chips (£2.95) and Fried Polenta (£2.95).
Both dishes were so incredibly tasty. The steak was so tender and full of flavour, it was like a refined burger, with far more style and flavour! The prawn was moist, juicy and had all the authenic Portuguese flavours that brought back memories of past holidays. The polenta was divine, and the chunky chips a real treat.
We shared a dessert as we were so full, but we could not leave without trying the Pastel de Nata. It was served with a simple elegant vanilla ice cream - the perfect combination.
In summary, the restaurant upstairs in Nata & Co is one of our new favourites for sure. We genuinely could not fault anything about our visit or the food. The service was impecable, Urico was charming and informative about the food, the building and the company. We really enjoyed our evening at Nata & Co and really hope that the word gets out about this hidden gem!
You can pop by or ring ahead to book a table (probably best to book for the weekend), and they serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals, open until 10pm.
We will be heading back very soon!
16 Windsor Villas, Bath BA1 3DJ 01225 311525 www.indianpizzacompany.co.uk
Having built a strong reputation on delivery services over the last few months, the Indian Pizza Company opened the doors on their sparkly new restaurant last night. We were lucky enough to be invited along to sample the menu, and it did not disappoint.
On arrival we noted the tables were spaced well apart, and with all COVID safety measures in place, we felt very safe dining in. We were swiftly presented with the menu and a complimentary welcome drink, which was utterly delicious and comprised of a shot of gin with homemade lemon and lime, lemonade and mint. The little corn snacks were also a welcome treat.
All pizzas are thin crust, stone baked hand stretched Neapolitan style, with the option of gluten free, and vegan mozzarella. Everything is cooked right infront of you and takes just minutes.
I chose the New Delhi Feast (£14.95) which consisted of a tomato masala base (delicious), pepperoni, tandoori chicken, spiced Indian sausage, charred bhavnagri peppers, garlic ghee and mozzarella. The pizzas are huge, and a real feast. The flavours were spicy yet moorish, and every bite was a taste sensation offering a new flavour combination each time.
My husband chose the Tamil Prawns (£13.50) which was also stunningly tasty, made up of garlic marinated prawns, green chilli, tumeric, fennel seeds with garden peas, garlic ghee and mozzarella. This pizza was less spicy than mine, with succlulent juicy prawns and a delicious light flavour.
For our side we chose Masala wedges (£4), coated in IPC dressing, fresh chilli, tumeric and curry tamarind mayo. Super tasty, my only wish would have been for more of that super flavoursome mayo to dunk them in!
We brought home a few slices of each pizza as we just could not finish them - we are looking forward to having them for lunch today.
Drinkswise, there are wines and Prosecco by the glass and bottle, as well as Cobra lager, alcohol free lager and soft drinks.
There is outside seating as well as the indoor tables, and you can phone ahead to order and/or book. IPC is also available on Uber Eats.
We highly recommend - great service, speed, and quality of food. We can't wait to go back, and will be ordering a home delivery soon too!
White Hart (side gate), Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA - 07796924073 - email@example.com
We were very kindly invited to try a takeaway from Dr Al Forno this week. Based at the White Horse pub in Widcombe, you can either collect from the side door, or order for delivery via Uber Eats or Deliveroo.
The menus are on their Instagram page, as well as the delivery apps above, and there's lots to choose from. There are two menus, cook at home, which comprises of lovely fresh pasta and sauces, or the ready cooked meals. We opted for the ready cooked, and were very pleased.
To start we had the Focaccina Aglio Olio e Peperoncino, (£3.50) an individual focaccia topped with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and chilli, and the Focaccina Margherita, (£4.50) an individual focaccia topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. Both were deliciously moreish, a light chewy texture, complimented by the garlic and the tomato. A perfect start.
The first main we chose was the Lasagna, (£9) - Six layered spinach egg pasta, slow cooked pork and beef ragu, bechamel, mozzarella, and grana padano. A taste sensation and really rich and filling, the ragu was tender and the pasta cooked to perfection. We loved this dish.
Our second main was Pasta al forno (£9), Oven baked pasta, meatballs, prosciutto cotto, tomato sauce, béchamel, mozzarella and Grana Padano. This was gorgeous, tasty tomato sauce, cheesy, rich and filling. The meatballs were really good, and it was a very generous portion.
For dessert, we chose the Chocolate Salame (£3.50), Dark chocolate, rum, and biscuits, shaped as salami. Rich, super soft and almost like a torte, this was absolutely fantastic, and a lovely way to finish our meal. The second dessert was a Sporcamuss (dirty-muzzle) (£2.50) - Traditional Apulian puff pastry filled with creme patisserie, which was light, with a slight lemony flavoured cream - perfect!
If you want a full on Italian gastronomic experience in the comfort of your own home, you really should try Dr Al Forno, you won't be dissappointed. We plan on ordering from the cook at home menu next time, yum!
- www.realitalianpizza.co.uk - 16 York Street, Bath BA1 1NG - 01225 330121
Last night we were lucky enough to be asked to review the Valentine's Package. 4 lovely boxes and a bottle of sparkling pink Italian wine arrived on the dot at 6pm. Included in the offer is an Antipasto platter with garlic dough balls, 2 main courses of your choice (we chose pizza but you can have pasta or salad), a sharing chocolate fondu platter and a bottle of fizz!
The antipasto was delicious with juicy vegetables, cheeses, olives, salad, a wide selection of meats, as well as soft garlicky doughballs. Perfect!
For our mains we both chose pizza, opting for the Emiliana (tomato and mozzarella with parma ham, grana cheese and balsamic vinegar), and the Prosciutto e Funghi (Prosciutto cotto, fresh mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella). Both had a delicious super thin base, light crust and lots of toppings - we love the pizza from here!
The Chocolate Fondu was just insane! Fresh fruit, biscuits, chocolates, waffles, cream, white and milk chocolate ready to melt, nutella, wafers, brownies....the list goes on!
All courses went so well with the lovely sparkling wine too - a perfect combo.
You can purchase the Valentine's Package (£69.95) for delivery or collection, call now on 01225 330121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Park Market. www.tytheringtonmilkstation.co.uk
Over the weekend we visited Bath's first ever milk station! Located in Green Park Station, it's an ideal central location to pick up fresh milk 24/7!
You can purchase one of their gorgeous reusable 1L glass bottles, or you can bring your own container to fill. Prices are £2 for the bottle, and £1.20 for a Litre or 70p for half.
The milk is produced and pasteurised within 24 hours of the cows being milked, in comparison milk in the supermarket can be a week old by the time it hits the shelves. The milk is gently pasteurised in small batches using a traditional, lower temperature method over a longer period of time. This allows the milk to retain its natural flavour and goodness.
The machines are refilled daily at the weekends and every other day in the week, so you are guaranteed super fresh milk.
We had a run through with Ed, who was both passionate and super informative about the milk station, and we can see it is a real hit. We loved the milk, and will be popping back very soon for a refil!
Taka Taka - 34 Broad St, Bath BA1 5LP - 01225 470088
During lockdown Taka Taka (via Deliveroo) has been one of our "go to" delivery companies. You can't fault them on speed (normally about 20 mins) and the quality and temperature of the food.
So, when they got in touch and invited us to visit and try out some of the new items on their recently revamped menu, we jumped at the chance.
Social distancing measures in place and being adhered to, the staff were upbeat, polite and efficient despite it being one of the hottest days of the year.
The new illuminated menu screens are really eye catching, everything clearly laid out and explained, it makes choosing your food easier although it's a tough choice as everything looks so good.
We opted to try the new Magic Rolls, (£5.50 small, £6.70 large) we chose the Jaadu Khana which consists of pulled chicken, halloumi, tabbouleh, red onion, mango and pineapple salsa, cabbage, hot chilli and mint and yoghurt dressing and the O'Piratka - Lamb, hummus, spinach, cabbage, halloumi, feta, mushrooms, hot chilli and peppered mayonnaise.
The flavour combinations were a taste sensation, we shared half of each, my personal favourite being the O'Piratka as I love feta and halloumi, and my husband loved the Jaadu Khana as it was so spicy and the chicken was so tender.
We also ordered the new Halloumi Super Salad Bowl. Totally delicious chargrilled halloumi, with toasted pita bread, tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, cabbage, red onion, couscous and a gorgeous balsamic dressing. The chargrilled flavour on the halloumi was utterly gorgeous. We snuck in a portion of fries, crispy, tasty, lots of them, and a sprinkling of oregano.
In store there is also a lovely deli area where you can pick up authentic Greek delights such as olives, Lays crisps and olive oil. There is a small seating area, but it's currently closed and will be reopening soon. The great thing about the deli is that you can order these items on Deliveroo as well, so you can stock up on your favourites whilst getting a delivery.
In summary, we highly recommend Taka Taka. We always order the Chicken Gyros, so it was great to try something different. The Magic Rolls are action packed, brimming with fillings, and are a meal in themselves. The salad was so tasty, fresh and light, and a real taste of Greece. We will definitely be adding these to our next order, which will probably next week!
- www.realitalianpizza.co.uk - 16 York Street, Bath BA1 1NG - 01225 330121
Our first meal out since the beginning of March, we were really excited to be invited to The Real Italian Pizza Co. on Monday. We arrived at 6pm and were greeted at the door from a distance, and asked to sanitise our hands. We were shown to a lovely table in the new outside courtyard area, where the tables were spaced appropriately to allow for social distancing. The new covered outside eating area which links to The Real Italian Ice Cream Co. next door (meaning all the amazing desserts are available to the pizza customers too) was super stylish. Heaters for if it gets cool, and covered so diners are protected from the rain, it felt like a perfect outside space to enjoy a drink and some food.
The way you access the menu has been cleverly thought through, there are QR codes on the table for diners to scan so the menu uploads onto your phone, but if you don't want to do this, there are paper menus too.
We ordered some drinks whilst we browsed the menu - there is just so much choice it was so difficult to pick.
In the end, we both went for pizza (there are salads and pasta dishes too), and chose the Calabra (£12.95) and the Toto e Peppino (£11.95). The food arrived in no time at all and looked amazing.
The Calabra consisted of spicy nduja sausage, a rich tomato sauce, served with rocket and mozzarella on top. I also ordered anchovies as I love them so much! The Tote e Peppino was made up of mozzarella with tomato sauce and basil, topped with rocket and fresh tomatoes (with an additional mushroom topping added). Both were absolutely delicious. The base was so light and airy, and the tomato topping used was authentic in flavour. Both were piping hot and of a very generous size. Sisi, who was hosting us, wanted to create us one of their famous Freak Shakes, so we said - "Yes Please" and we waited to see what she would bring back for us. The dessert menu is vast, every type of ice cream, waffle, crepe, cookie dough and sundae creation you could desire. The freak shakes are especially impressive, with options to chose from such as Kinder, Biscoff, Cookie Dough and Bananas! We were absolutely amazed when Sisi brought these out for us....
Stunning desserts! This was the Kinder Freak Shake (£8.95) which had a full on Kinder Egg and toy attached, along with numerous chocolate bars, and gorgeous milkshake and a hot waffle! We also had the Biscoff Cheesecake, which I can honestly say, is quite possibly the nicest cheesecake I have ever eaten, it was amazing! Although linked with the lovely courtyard, you can also just pop in just for dessert if you want to.
In summary, our first meal out after lockdown felt very safe. The food was totally delicious, great value, and the service was spot on. Huge thanks to Sisi for hosting us and doing such a great job, and for creating the most amazing desserts for us to try! We can't wait to go back and work our way through the menu!
88 Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3QA - 07471 940352
We were invited to visit Bathen House Boutique Hotel's new restaurant Bouvardia on Thursday evening for dinner. The hotel has recently been renovated, and has been finished to a very high standard. We were warmly greeted by Nic, and shown through to the restaurant. Elegantly designed, with large tables laid for two, we sat in the window.
One thing that was really nice was that the tables were not crammed in, there was plenty of space between guests, which is something I really like, as it's really uncomfortable when you are almost part of another tables conversation because you are so close together. There is a simple menu with three options for each course, one of which is vegan. To start we opted for Seared Scallops and the Crispy Duck Breast. Both dishes arrived promptly, and were delicious. The accompanying asparagus that was served with the duck was fantastic, and just "popped" when you bit into it. The scallops were tender and plump, and served with local black pudding and crispy pancetta.
For our main dishes we chose Braised Beef with Potato Rosti and Monkfish wrapped in Pancetta. Again both dishes did not disappoint. The portions were generous and the presentation beautiful. The beef dish was rich and warming, served on a thin crisp rosti, broccoli puree, shallots and a mushroom and pancetta forestiere sauce. The monkfish was light and juicy, with crisp pancetta wrapping, served with a smooth herbed potato puree, a balsamic reduction and onion relish.
Although full we were tempted by the dessert menu, and chose the Cashew and Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake and the Blackberry Mille Feuille. both dishes were stunningly presented and finished the evening off perfectly.
The quality of the dishes at Bourvardia restaurant really is very impressive.
The restaurant has only been open about 4 weeks, so at the moment this is a well kept secret that we want to keep to ourselves, but feel it's only right to share it with you!
The current menu is on a promotional price until 31st March, with 2 courses for £22.95 and 3 courses for £29.95. If you live in Bath, or are staying in Bath, we highly recommend a visit, you won't regret it!
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