Jinnah – Bradford

Reviewed on June 13th, 2016 by Dina

Located a short distance from the main city centre of Bradford is Jinnah. It felt like it had a good vibe and it was very busy when we dined here.

A bar area is close to the entrance. The restaurant part is made up of booths and cushioned red, white and black seats. The staff were friendly and it was nice to have some banter with them. Saying that though, the service was a bit under par. Cutlery, napkins and drinks were asked for many times. Even after several requests, we were only given the items pretty much as we ended the meal.

Some of the tables and surrounding areas were not cleaned up after the diners had left. The restaurant was busy but that is no excuse for it being unclean. At the end of the evening when the restaurant was closing, it was cleaned properly. It is a shame that the restaurant was not kept clean when diners were there.

A couple of Jinnah mocktails started off the evening. The classic Pino Colada was moreish with its combination of pineapple and coconut. The Strawberry Soother was a layered drink of strawberry puree with orange juice. A jug of Mango Lassi was super. It was not too filling like often is the case with lassis.

Jinnah does a mixture of cuisines. For something a bit different, the Arabic Mezze was chosen. This fresh mezze was made of hummus, moutabel and tabouli which was served with pitta bread and olives. The Vegetable Samosas had a thick pastry. The Aloo Chops were thin potato slices in a batter. Both the samosas and the aloo chops were fairly spicy. The charcoal grilled Paneer Tikka had a great flavour to them. The starters came with salad and chutneys.

For the mains, the favourite had to be the Vegetable Biryani. It was so flavoursome with the pilau rice, mixed vegetables and garlic. The raita on the side made a good addition. The Karahi Vegetable was great too. The combination of mixed vegetables cooked with tomatoes, ginger and garlic was a good dish. Jinnah does do tasty food. Soft fluffy fresh plain naans were just right to go with the Karahi Vegetable.

Jinnah gave us a relaxed evening with tasty food. It was worth trying out and hopefully they will improve on their service and cleanliness.

Jinnah, 99-109 Leeds Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5BL

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Tonkotsu – Southwark

Reviewed on May 1st, 2016 by Dina

London is a city where diners are spoilt for choice. Whatever cuisine is fancied, it can be found. Ramen restaurants have been popping up all over, but this was the first time that I had the chance to try it. This was out of pure chance as originally my friend and I had decided to meet at Leon.

Just next door to Leon, Tonkotsu was spotted. It intrigued us with its sign of ramen. As there was no menu displayed on the outside, we had to venture inside to see what the food choices were.

The restaurant was empty and the staff did not mind us taking a few minutes to check out the menu. It was a no brainer decision to stay and have a ramen dinner.

Tonkotsu had enough lighting and had a minimalistic feeling to it. The restaurant was over two levels. Dark wooden furniture, long tables and tables by the window made up the spacious restaurant. A bar was at one end close to the kitchen.

With Tonkotsu and ramen, it’s all about the slow cooked broth and the homemade noodles. There are not many items on the menu but that makes it slightly easier to choose. After placing the order for the vegetarian mushroom ramen, a more interesting soup caught my eye. This was the braised pork belly Tokyo Ramen.

A big bowl of Tokyo Ramen was topped with spring onions. The thin noodles were homemade. Plenty of thick sliced pork belly and noodles with the chicken stock broth made it so moreish. The dish also came with seasoned egg and bamboo shoots. The sweet and salty flavours worked so well.

The classic and famous Tonkotsu Ramen was equally satisfying. The base for this dish was a 16 hour pork broth which was enriched with lardo. Roast pork belly, seasoned egg, noodles, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and spring onions made up the hearty bowl of ramen. The Tonkotsu Ramen had a creamier broth due to the lardo.

Even though Tonkotsu got busier as the evening went on, it was not noisy. There remained a soft hum of happy diners having bowlfuls of ramen. The atmosphere was tranquil and the staff were not overpowering. They were friendly and attentive.

The opportunity for dessert meant that the Moochi Ice Cream Little Moons was had. Ice cream was encased in a glutinous rice flour coating. All of the flavours, Matcha Green Tea, Mango and Hazelnut, were delicious. The creamy ice cream interior is a contrast to the chewy shell of the moochi.

The ramen dinner at Tonkotsu was really enjoyable. The ramen is on a similar line to Vietnamese Pho but it has its differences. It was wonderful to try out another new cuisine and one that will be had again!

Tonkotsu, 4 Canvey Street, London, SE1 9AN

Rating: ★★★★★

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Mediterraneo – Kings Cross

Reviewed on March 29th, 2016 by Dina

A weekday evening, a group of friends and a place was already in mind for the evening meal. Unfortunately the Japanese Vegan restaurant that we were going to go to had closed by the time we got there. Luckily for us, just across the road was Mediterraneo and with its lights on, it looked far from closed.

Mediterraneo gave us freshly cooked food. The baked pasta dish of Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni was served piping hot. There was lots of flavour with the spinach and ricotta filling together with a wonderful tomato sauce. It was a heavy but comforting dish.

The staff welcomed us into the restaurant and gave us good service. The dining area was quite big with its wooden tables and a big colourful canvas painting along the back wall. Even though it was late, we were not rushed. Plenty of customers were still coming into the restaurant while we were having our meal.

Mediterraneo, 112 King’s Cross Road, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 9DS

Rating: ★★★½☆

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