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Lateral – Madrid

Reviewed on October 4th, 2015 by Dina

The great thing about tapas is that you can have as many or as little dishes as you want. A snack was needed to tie me over so a couple of things were ordered at Lateral.

The Funghi Porcini Croquette had a creamy mushroom filling and it was not greasy even though it was fried. The Spanish Tortilla was a lot bigger than expected as the staff had said that it was a small portion. Sliced potato was sandwiched between the egg and it was served warm. There was a soft texture to the filling of the tortilla and it came with some bread. Both tapas dishes were full of flavour. Each dish was brought out when it was done so the items came at different times.

Lateral had a real lively buzz to it. There were so many staff constantly bringing out dish after dish. Even the front of house staff in their suits and ties cleared up the tables and helped keep the restaurant clean. There is a bar area and like with most tapas places, there was the option to dine at the bar. The plaza hosts the seating outdoors. It would have been lovely to sit out in the plaza but there was a long wait for these tables.

The staff and service at Lateral were great and they did not rush any of their diners. They had the menu translated into English. On each table, there was a buzzer which you could use to get the bill or call a member of staff. Long tables, low lighting, huge pictures on the teal walls and a pretty butterfly ceiling fan was the dining area. There was also an additional area to the restaurant on the lower level.

Lateral is a very popular place in the Plaza de Santa Ana with its delicious tapas and a great atmosphere.

Lateral, Plaza de Santa Ana 12, 28012, Madrid, Spain

Rating: ★★★★★

Feng Sushi – South Bank

Reviewed on September 27th, 2015 by Dina

A beautiful blue flower painted wall grabs the attention at Feng Sushi. Along with this, there are two fish tanks that contribute to the calming atmosphere. High wooden stools, tables and chairs make up the small dining area. There is some outdoor seating as well. Additional stools are placed by the bar area.

A cold day required some hearty hot food. Feng Sushi primarily does sushi so the hot dishes are fairly limited to a few soups, udon noodle soups, tempura and curries.

The original Fish Katsu Curry comes with prawns, hake and sea bass. It is great that the staff allowed the prawns to be changed for salmon. Big pieces of succulent fish were lightly breaded. The fish was cooked perfectly. Under the fish, there was plenty of rice to go with the mild curry sauce.

Fish, curry sauce and rice made for a complete, filling and satisfying meal. It was not until the end of the meal that the realisation kicked in that the fish were watching us eating fish!

The staff at Feng Sushi were friendly and gave good service. We were glad that we were able to change tables, away from the draft of the door, even though the restaurant was busy with reservations.

Feng Sushi provides quick service with no compromise on the quality of the food.

Feng Sushi, Unit 9, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rocca – Bradford

Reviewed on September 13th, 2015 by Dina

It was super special when the whole family was able to get together and go out for a meal. Rocca was the perfect place. It gave us good quality food, lovely staff, superb service and a wonderful dining experience. It made us feel like going out for dinner was a special occasion. Rocca let us savour every moment at its restaurant and did not rush us in the slightest.

The feasting began with a range of starters. Rocca gave us focaccia bread and an olive tapenade dip to munch on while we decided on our order. Button mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce made the baked Funghi al Aglio. The Mozzarella in Carrozza was a big piece of deep fried breaded mozzarella served with a tomato and basil sauce.

The favourite had to be the Bocce Di Patate which were thin strips of fried potato skins; great to dip into the garlic mayonnaise and chilli dip. To complete the starters, a Garlic Pizza Bread was had with the pizza base topped with a tomato sauce, garlic and oregano. All of the starters went down a treat and we were impressed with the food which made us look forward to the rest of the meal.

A couple of pasta dishes were chosen for the mains. The first was the Pappardelle con Agnello. Pappardelle pasta was combined with slow cooked shoulder of lamb. This was a rich meaty dish with a strong depth of flavours coming from the lamb chunks and the tomato, white wine and garlic sauce. The second Rocca pasta dish was the Rigatoni Vegetariana. Roasted tomatoes, grilled courgettes together with a tomato, mascarpone and balsamic vinegar sauce made for a tasty dish with the al dente rigatoni pasta.

The creamy Wild Mushroom Risotto did not disappoint. The intensity of the mushroom flavour came from the mushrooms but also from the truffle oil. Plenty of chopped roasted Mediterranean vegetables and onions topped the Vegetarian Pizza. The base was soft and fluffy and everybody loves a pizza that is made well, just like it was at Rocca.

Rocca also does meat and fish dishes. The Merluzzo Parmigano was a succulent piece of cod which had been baked with a parmesan and herb crust. The sauce to go with it was a roasted tomato one. Fish, parmesan, herbs and tomatoes were flavours that worked well together. The Maiale was a complete dish of pan fried pork loin steak topped with mozzarella, parma ham and roasted cherry tomatoes. Both of the dishes came with sides of potatoes and vegetables.

To end the meal, it had to be the Hot Desserts. A big slice of Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake was rich with the addition of the chocolate sauce. A scoop of ice cream balanced well with the chocolate. A light date sponge with a toffee sauce and ice cream made the delightful Sticky Toffee Pudding. Both of the desserts made a perfect end to this meal at Rocca.

Rocca showed us that all if its food was of top quality and thoroughly enjoyable. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. The dining area has a striking stained glass sectioned ceiling. Brick walls, black and white pictures and wooden ornaments create a warming atmosphere to the restaurant.

There was absolutely nothing to fault at Rocca. It has to be one of the best meals out and the food quality stands out as well as everything else about this amazing Italian restaurant.

Rocca, 1519 Thornton Road, Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 3AS

Rating: ★★★★★

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