Vapiano – Great Portland Street

It’s been another super busy week, so in order to catch up with a friend and have a tasty meal we decided to head to Vapiano on Great Portland Street – extra lucky because it’s literally around the corner from my office!

If you’ve never been to Vapiano before, it’s not quite like normal restaurants! You are given a card upon entry, which you take to your table with you. Then you go up to a counter to choose your food, either pasta or pizza or an array of other bits! We both opted for pasta and then comes the decision of what pasta to get! There’s an array of different choices, plenty to choose from!

Then comes the choice of sauce and other ingredients to have with your pasta! There are so many! I chose the Estiva, which consists of chicken breast, ginger, chilli, mint, rocket, sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes! As you can imagine, this was insanely good.

The best part about Vapiano, and the special selling point is that the food is all cooked in front of you!!!! It’s all fresh and cooked as you wait so that once it’s ready you take it straight back to your table and eat! Such a good idea and a really lovely restaurant to match! The table had lovely additional features like oil and balsamic vinegar, and with the pasta dishes comes a free portion of bread! Everyone loves bread so this obviously goes down well, especially with me!!

After this trip I would definitely recommend checking it out – for a delicious meal with a slight twist it is a fabulous place to visit! I would give this is an 9/10 for value for money as the portions are large, the service is amazing and the food literally couldn’t be more fresh! For lunch or dinner it’s worth it, but beware the portions are large (this of course isn’t a negative but on this occasion I’d say make sure you’re hungry!!!!) If you know of any restaurant worth a visit with a twist let me know in the comments!

Love, Maddie x

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