Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Palazzo Burnley 30th January 2016

The Palazzo is an Italian restaurant in a magnificent building, that was Nat West Bank, on Grimshaw Street, Burnley which has fond memories, as I worked there for about twelve years, from the age of eighteen.   The Palazzo is the sister restaurant to The Villa Clitheroe, but on a larger scale and it was great to catch up with owner Pino Cafasso, to congratulate him on his new venture.   It really is an awesome building, with so much marble, wood panelling, plasterwork and cornicing and the refurbishment is sympathetic to its surroundings.

We had a couple of drinks in the bar, where there is plenty of seating and a huge wood burning pizza oven.

We shown through to our table, where we had some delicious olives, olive oil and balsamic and bread.

For starter I shared a rosemary garlic bread with my friend, but to be honest I could easily have devoured this on my own, it was fantastic, in fact the best I have eaten.

I enquired when I arrived. as to which pasta was eggfree, so I ordered the linguine with garlic, chilli and tomato and a side salad.   The pasta was perfectly cooked and absolutely spot on, if I had eaten this dish in Italy, which I have done many times, I would have been happy.

We had a lovely Canaletto Pinot Grigio vegan wine, to accompany the meal and then some rather nice Espresso coffees.

We do not live locally to The Palazzo, but it is definitely worth the trip, to visit with friends who live nearby and so we will be back, as based on their rosemary garlic bread, their pizzas must be awesome

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Greendale View Kitchen Downham 20th January 2016

I contacted Greendale View Kitchen via Facebook, to ask about vegan options, as there was no menu available on line and their response was really positive.   I had been meaning to meet up with a friend since before Christmas and a drive out, on a lovely cold but sunny winters day, was just the ticket, after all the rain we have had.

The place was fully refurbished last year apparently, with lovely original floorboards, a wood burning fire, open plan kitchen and has a lovely cosy atmosphere.

I had a delicious jacket potato with delicious roasted vegetables, a side salad and homemade bread with oil and balsamic, with my own vegan spread.   I took some coconut milk, so ordered organic Clipper Earl Grey tea, which came with a large jug of hot water for top ups.

I would definitely return to Greendale View, as I am sure they could many other vegan options, as they make everything from scratch.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Crust Bold Street Liverpool 15th January 2016

Crust is a newly opened restaurant and bar, specialising in Italian classics  some with a twist and is an extremely busy place, especially on a Friday night, when we visited.

I contacted Crust via Twitter and received a very positive response as to vegan options, with plenty to chose from and many of the pizzas can be adapted.   I decided on tomato and basil bruschetta to start, which I shared with my husband which at £3 was a bargain.   Mains was Marinara pizza, a simple traditional Italian classic of tomato, oregano, garlic and olive oil, but I asked for artichokes as an extra, with a side order of skin on French fries

The food was delicious and having eaten Marinara pizza all over Italy and in Naples, where pizza orginated, it is fantastic to see it being served at Crust as it should be and not a seafood pizza, as in most Italian restaurants.   Service was fast and efficient, which it needs to be as Crust is a vibrant, busy place and if you are looking for a quiet romantic dinner for two, it is not the place for you, but if you want delicious authentic Italian pizza, get yourself down to Bold Street.

Brasco Lounge 27A Mann Island Liverpool 15th January 2016

Brasco Lounge is part of a group of informal food led cafes and bars, with this particular venue not far from Albert Dock.   The added bonus is that they have an extensive vegan menu, so plenty of choice, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I was here for brunch so chose chimichurri field mushrooms, potato, spinach and spring onion hash, fried aubergine and roast tomatoes, swopping the spicy beans for extra aubergine.   I also had two slices of granary toast and a large pot of Earl Grey tea.

I could not fault the breakfast, it was delicious, tasty and just the ticket, after a freezing breezy walk down the sea front from Albert Dock and service throughout was spot on.

The company have various venues throughout the UK, including the Cosy Club Manchester where I visited last year (see my review here), so I hope to visit others in the future.

Lunya College Lane Liverpool 14th January 2016

Lunya is a lovely Catalan deli, bar and restaurant, with the added bonus of having an extensive vegan menu.   We had a lovely table for two near the bar and were very well looked after by our waiters Natalia and Gokhan.

The vegan menu has so much choice, it was difficult to decide what to have, a tough decision.

Pre dinner nibbles were stuffed giant gordal olives, recommended by Natalia (an excellent choice) and roasted Catalan almonds.   The olives were some of the best I have eaten, lush, moist and delicious and I love almonds, so perfect to start the meal.

Catalan tomato bread, patatas pil pil and pan fried woodland mushrooms and asparagus followed the nibbles.   I could not fault the dishes, they were totally divine, I did not want to finish they were that good, as you can see from the photos.

I love eating these small plates of food, so if you fancy something else, you can order more, so to finish it had to be escalivada, another fine dish.

To accompany the meal we had a very nice bottle of Rioja Gran Reserva, delicious and vegan, which complimented the meal perfectly.

I loved Lunya, so much so that not only will I visit Liverpool again, but will be paying their Manchester venue a visit at some point in the future.

The Egg Cafe 16-18 Newington Liverpool 14th January 2016

I visited The Egg Cafe back in December for lunch (see my review here).   This latest visit was for an afternoon snack, in between the huge breakfast I had eaten at 81 Renshaw and dinner later at Lunya.   You certainly cannot miss this place, with its bright pink exterior and on entering even though it was mid afternoon, the place was really busy.

I chose their vegan chocolate crunch cake, it was my birthday after all and a pot of Earl Grey tea.

The cake was huge, I actually thought they would cut it in two, for me to share with my husband, who also wanted a slice, but we got one each with a big pot of tea each all for the bargain price of £6.00.   The cake was in one word "awesome" with plenty of texture and crunch, loads of chocolate and I happily polished it off, no wonder this place is so popular, serving such delicious food.   A visit to Liverpool would not be the same without a visit to The Egg Cafe.

81 Renshaw Street Liverpool 14th January 2016

81 Renshaw is a small independent cafe, with vegan options and I wanted to visit for breakfast on my birthday, which was a good decision.

The lady owner was so helpful, when I explained about my allergies to soya and beans, so swopped the vegan sausages and baked beans for extra falafels, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms.   The breakfast was fabulous and substantial, with the coffee so delicious I had two large cups, it was one of the best breakfasts I have eaten.

Would I go back, you bet I would, it is on the list to re-visit when next in Liverpool, with all intentions of going for lunch, but I think that breakfast would win me over every time.

Puschka Rodney Street Liverpool 13th January 2016

Puschka is a family owned restaurant, who were very helpful, when I emailed to ask about vegan options, prior to my visit.

The restaurant is small but intimate, with very low lighting (hence my photos are not the best) and although some may find it a little too dark, it suited me perfectly.   Hannah and Francis our waiters looked after us from the moment we walked through the door, with a friendly Liverpudlian welcome.

My starter was vegetable terrine, parsnip crisps, melba toast and dressed salad leaves, it was very nice, although more dressing and some extra seasoning would not have gone amiss.

Mains was a sweet potato cake, roast mushrooms, stuffed cabbage leaves and some fabulous roasted potatoes, this dish was delicious and I demolished the lot.

Dessert was warm roasted fruits, made up of peaches, plums and blueberries, a light dish, which was a good thing, as I was very full.

I really liked Puschka and I would definitely re-visit when back in Liverpool.