Ask Italian – Lakeside

All sorts has happened in my life recently, including getting a new job! As a treat for this, my Mum, Nan and I went over to Lakeside Shopping Centre for a day of workwear shopping and of course a stop for lunch!

We headed to the Boardwalk for a browse of where to eat and chose upon the brand new branch of ASK Italian. The restaurant, we later found out, had only been open a few days!

Sitting down in the beautiful front window, we were given a tester of the restaurant’s craft lemonade, which went down a treat! I opted to order the Raspberry still lemonade and my Nan chose the classic flavour. The drinks were served in these beautiful bottles which I absolutely adore!!

We then struggled to choose our food, as it all looked so appealing and the menu included lots of new dishes.

I chose the Spinach and Ricotta Girasole which, ‘Meaning ‘sunflower’, these pretty pasta parcels are served with spinach and a mascarpone cream sauce.’

My mum chose the Speciali Purple Basil Pesto Genovese, which is a ‘Fresh egg tagliatele in a green pesto and cream sauce, with fine green beans and pine nuts, topped with purple basil pesto.

We both chose vegetarian dishes on this occasion, and we were so pleased with how filling they were, we both had to ask for takeaway boxes as we were so full we couldn’t finish them! (Always love this because I get to have the dish again later or the next day, easily pleased!)

My Girasole dish was seriously creamy, and I’m a big fan of the mascarpone sauce so would recommend this dish which is new to the menu!

The dishes were around £12.00 each which is quite a lot for a meat-free pasta, however, most ASK Italian restaurants currently have an offer with VoucherCodes! This code entitled the user for 30% off main courses! I think this makes the food far more affordable and therefore would give this a 7/10 for value for money – especially as the food was so filling I used it for two meals!

As this restaurant was brand new unfortunately they were not accepting vouchers at this early stage, however, paying full price wasn’t bad and I didn’t regret the trip at all!

I definitely suggest taking a trip to this new restaurant as the decor and the quality of food is amazing! Everything had been thought of, including the Christmas decorations and I especially loved the lighting and the beautiful pink marble effect tables. If you know a new restaurant opening please leave a comment and let me know!

Love, Maddie x

Bella Italia – Bexleyheath

So tonight my mum fancied a cute night out for dinner, somewhere local and with a deal, of course.

We headed to our nearest Bella Italia as they currently have a 50% off mains deal!!! How insane is that! We were pleased and headed out for a bargain dinner.

I think that this place is actually reasonable without a discount, but with 50% off, it’s such good value for money.

Knowing we had the deal, we both opted for cocktails, a classic Aperol Spritz for Mum and an Orange and Spice Spritz for me. At first after ordering I thought, actually is this going to be gross… orange prosecco and spice? It actually didn’t sound appealing after all – however, after taking the first sip my mouth literally dropped. It was insanely good. The balance of the fruit and spice was perfect and it just tasted like a fizzy juice. As you can tell, I was a big fan.

We then opted to go straight in for mains, choosing a classic base Cotto pizza, and a Ripiena base Barbecue Chicken one. The Ripiena crust is stuffed with ‘melting mozzarella, Provolone cheeses and garlic butter’

The pizza was delicious, and I was so pleased to have chosen the stuffed crust option! Feeling a little greedy, it seriously filled me up. I actually didn’t manage to finish and brought the last few slices home with me for breakfast! Couldn’t resist!

The meal, with three cocktails and two mains came to just over £30. Which, considering the drinks were £6.99 each, this was quite a cheap one! If you take off the drinks, this would have been such a bargain of an evening, but as it’s Friday we decided to treat ourselves and I don’t regret it at all!

For more info about the menu at Bella Italia please see here!

To get that insane deal we used VoucherCodes; in order to get this deal and many others, see their website here!

If you’ve got a favourite local restaurant, leave a comment and let me know!!!

Love, Maddie x