Category Archives: Reviews

Hokkei: Peking Duck Baos and Rice Noodle Salad

Recently, I had the great opportunity to try something new.  Hokkei.  A new twist on the traditional Chinese takeaway, Hokkei serves Hong Kong inspired food, utilising authentic ingredients and innovative cooking techniques in order to deliver the best dishes possible.

The chefs, Larking and Dale, were both in fact MasterChef competitors and through the show became good friends.  Armed with the know-how and passion for cooking, they decided to open a Chinese takeaway with a difference.  No “Untraceable and unethical ingredients, low quality, stodgy food and sloppy service”.  Surely their food must be brilliant right? Continue reading Hokkei: Peking Duck Baos and Rice Noodle Salad

I’ve Been to Shebeen!

Given the fact Cardiff’s Street Food Circus opened its tent on the weekend I believe most of my readers would have visited that.  Although I am extremely excited to visit the Street Food Circus (there’s so much food I have to try there) I took the opportunity to visit Shebeen Festival in Manchester on Saturday.  Street Food Circus is there for a while, but Shebeen was only there for one day. You all would have liked it!  Good food, music, comedy and beer… Don’t forget the beer!

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Retro Diner: Abergavenny

Recently, I haven’t posted many reviews to this blog.  For a number of reasons, mainly that I am busy doing the same stuff I do most days and because I usually have to wait until payday before I can afford to eat out.  I have been trying to find more businesses to review from in and around my area.  I hoped to go out last weekend and find something really good.  Something that would excite my readers and although I believe I did find something really brilliant with Elm Tree Pies and The Cherry Tree, it certainly was not Retro Diner.  This is my ‘review’ of Retro Diner in Abergavenny.

This will be the first negative review I have written.  I almost don’t want to post it but for what purpose?  Even the Twitter page says, “Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad!”.  I would only be doing you a disservice by not telling you about my disappointing experience. Continue reading Retro Diner: Abergavenny

The Cherry Tree: Jams, Chutneys and Curds.

Recently I had a rather extraordinary trip to Abergavenny with my daughter.  Unusually, it was a very bright and sunny day and I was definitely in the mood to find something great for you guys.  Unfortunately, one of my discoveries was very disappointing.  The other two turned out to be pretty great and in this post I am going to tell you about The Cherry Tree. Continue reading The Cherry Tree: Jams, Chutneys and Curds.

Porky’s Pizzeria, Pontypool: ‘You Must Be Smoking’

This is a review I have been excited about posting. First of all because it’s a pizzeria in my home town but also because the pizzas are great!

I live in a town called Pontypool, in South Wales.  As you would expect, there is no street food or barbecue and a limited number of restaurants.  Top quality restaurants in particular are rare.  We do have a great market, Pontypool Indoor Market, home to some great butchers etc but that is it.  Recently I have wanted to blog about whats on offer locally and this is one of many posts I hope to publish spreading the word about local events or business.

One of my favourite places to order pizza is Porky’s Pizzeria in Pontypool.  Now I know you are probably thinking that they are just another kebab shop or sub standard pizza place but I don’t believe that is true.  2015 will be their 28th year in business and their popularity in the area is a testament to the quality of their food.  They are open most of the day for lunch, offering sandwiches, baguettes, paninis etc and then later in the evening… Pizza!  Regular or Skinny, hand spun bases with a fairly large selection of toppings.

Here is the main menu. Continue reading Porky’s Pizzeria, Pontypool: ‘You Must Be Smoking’

Elm Tree Foods: Pies

Last weekend I found myself wandering around Abergavenny with my daughter.  Shopping, soaking up the sun (surprisingly) and looking for something I might be able to talk about on this blog.  I ended up with a few things to talk about.  One bad experience but also one or two brilliant discoveries.  Elm Tree Foods pies being one of them! Continue reading Elm Tree Foods: Pies

The Stuffed Dormouse: Exotic Meat Kebab

So this is my ‘review’ of the Exotic Meat Kebab from The Stuffed Dormouse in Caerleon.  This was actually a Christmas present to me from a friend.  I can’t say that I have ever tried any of the exotic meats on this menu so it was definitely an experience.

First of all lets have a look at what is on offer:

“We offer various exotic meats including:

Buffalo Steak

Camel Rib-eye

Crocodile Fillet

Llama Steak

Ostrich Steak

Reindeer Fillet

Springbok Steak

Zebra Steak

If you are feeling adventurous you can sample a piece of each of the exotic meats on our famous King-size Skewer.

All of the exotic meats are served with salad and a choice of potatoes.”

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Lilo Newport: Chicken Shawarma, Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Chicken Wings.

Today I am going to ‘review’ Lilo Newport, Grill House & Juice Bar.  Lilo Newport is a restaurant/takeaway serving authentic middle eastern food.  The reviews I have read give a positive impression of the restaurant and the food looked good so I gave it a go.

First of all lets discuss what I ordered and how it is described on the menu.

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Frankie and Bennys: Breakfast Pizza

Today I am continuing my breakfast series and reviewing the Breakfast Pizza at Frankie and Bennys.

As discussed in a previous blog I wouldn’t normally blog about a big chain restaurant like this but if I enjoy the food, I will blog about it.

One of the main reasons I wanted to write about this pizza was, it is more unusual than the ‘Great Full English Breakfast’.  Whilst the ‘Big Breakfast’ offered at Frankie and Bennys does not compete with my English Breakfast, the Breakfast Pizza is a great alternative.  But, is it better than the ‘Great Full English Breakfast’?

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Nicholls Abergavenny: Butterflied Chicken Breast, Stilton Sauce and Seasonal Vegetables.

This is not the type of food that I will normally ‘review’ on this blog.  However, if I feel as though something I eat is worth the mention I will definitely tell you about it.  What might surprise you is the fact Nicholls, Abergavenny is actually a shop selling good quality jewellery, clothing and homeware.  The website describes the space at the back serving food as a ‘Coffee Shop’.  It is not open evenings but with a decent sized menu serving very good quality food it is not like any other Coffee Shop I have visited.

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