If you’re looking for long barbecue skewers in the UK, you might have seen mention on social media of the famous “Russian skewers”. What are they? We’ll explain, and we’ll show you where to get the proper ones in the UK.
They’re not exclusively Russian per se, the design comes from the times when Russia, Ukraine, the Baltics and other countries were all part of the Soviet Union. Their use soon spread to Scandinavia too. But you’ll find ones like these in every dacha in Russia and Ukraine today.
This is a review for CAU DIDSBURY, 700 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2DN. Tel: 0161 448 1883.
I *really* wanted to love this place (I used to go to the same building when it was Zizi). I have been to Cau in Amsterdam, but this one isn’t up to that standard.
They have only been open 4 weeks, so we should perhaps make allowances for that.
I trundled along here tonight with my two kids to try it out. After some consternation among the door staff as to where they might seat us, I was finally led through a half empty place to a booth.… Click here to continue reading this article
Puccini is an Italian restaurant located at 141 Katherine Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7AW. The phone number is 0161 330 1234.
This place was recommended by a friend a few months ago, we have been a few times and have recently had a function there. However, there was an experience during that function that I feel is an integral part of the review, and people will want to know about upfront:
When you visit a place, you don’t really want to start cooking do you? So restaurants are going to feature. However, in my experience, this is something Russia hasn’t quite got to grips with yet.
We went in two places that had been previously OK that now have insect issues. One had beetle type things creeping around the corners, and the other some insect ran out of the menu at me as I opened it. The staff apologised and explained that the place next door had just been fumigated and all the insects had ran away into their restaurant. … Click here to continue reading this article
Looking for a review on Marco Marco at 89 Compstall Road, Marple Bridge, SK6 5HE? You found it – read this BEFORE you book.
I was recently Googling for a restaurant in the Marple area. I happened upon Marco Marco. One of three restaurants owned by the same people (the others being in Lymm and Northwich). “Fine Italian Dining in Cheshire” is what they tout, and having three locations in half decent areas, and Marple Bridge being the newest, led me to believe they must be half right. Boy, was I wrong!… Click here to continue reading this article
I thought we could use a lighter-hearted topic that may also allow us all to learn something from each other.
I was never too much into the barbie. In the UK they typically consist of a drunk bloke giving his guests food poisoning with a few nasty burgers and sausages [made from mechanically recovered meat] that are burnt on the outside and raw on the inside.
I was recently waxing lyrical about honey from Russia and Estonia. A guy said to me:
Odd. Please explain why. Apis mellifera is an Apis mellifera in the UK or Russia. Honey depends primarily on the flowering plant from which the nectar is gathered. Usually the local vegetation is so diverse that honey is honey. In the South we have periods when certain blooms predominate yielding small quantities with a special flavor in high demand (sourwood honey, tupelo honey).
Stop Press! The service is polite, efficient and attentive! Yes, you read that right; the service is beyond superb by any standards. By Russian standards, the service is out of this world.
The place is done up in the style of an old time train as you might expect. Not in a tacky way but rather like a gentlemen’s club I would say. You could easily imagine yourself to be in an up market London club with the decor.… Click here to continue reading this article
Mandarin Indian and Chinese Restaurant and Grill. Tartu Mnt 42, 10115, Tallinn, Estonia. Telephone: 600 5878
The Mandarin is located on Tartu mnt 42 in Tallinn, Estonia. On the drive from Stockmann towards the airport, it can be found halfway up the hill on the right hand side.
It has a veranda outside and is all painted in a dreary red colour. It calls itself a “Kiirtoitlustusrestoran” which means “fast food restaurant”. It advertises Indian curry, kebabs, grill and Chinese food in the window. (A bit of an “all rounder” eh?)… Click here to continue reading this article
Isis is one of the Italian restaurants in Manchester that can be said to get it right most of the time. A nice, large, clean, airy place with polite and attentive staff. There is ample parking and even a sheltered place at the front door where one can smoke.
They are also a hotel, although this writer has not tested the hotel facilities, I doubt they would be lacking.
My lovely wife and I have frequented Amici two times in the last year or so, the most recent being today. As our experience was almost identical on both occasions, I think the trend is clear and my review will be accurate and representative.
The photograph near the entrance of a rotund, bespectacled man (presumably the manager) standing next to Gordon Ramsay must not lull one into a false sense of security or even the belief that the premises are somehow endorsed by Mr Ramsay. I can find no evidence that they are.… Click here to continue reading this article
This place used to be a real little hidden jewel of restaurants about ten years ago. We visited there again a couple of times recently; and my, how things have changed!
In the past, it was run by an Italian family, an earnest old cove with Italian chefs. Foxy black haired waitresses in tight black hipster trousers used to take your mind of the woman you were with. The fillet steak and ratatouille was legendary, the house wine drinkable and the atmosphere agreeable.… Click here to continue reading this article
St Petersburg Russian Restaurant.
7a York Street, Liverpool, L1 5BN,
Tel/Fax: 0151 7096676
I took my wife there in November. It is situated down a back street in a district full of boarded up buildings and drug dealers with Pit Bull Terriers stood on the street corners. Parking is not safe there, suggest a taxi there if you must go.
It was quiet as the grave when we went, the service was adequate, but the bunch of ‘buddies and cronies’ lurking near the door (in the usual Russian pointy shoes and black leather jackets) all mumbling in Russian gave it more of a speakeasy feel rather than a restaurant.… Click here to continue reading this article