Category Archives: Restaurants

Russian Ukrainian Design Long Barbecue Skewers in the UK

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.

Russian barbecue skewers

When it comes to barbecuing, every grilling enthusiast knows that the right tools can make all the difference.… Click here to continue reading this article

Kobideh Kebab Recipe.



  • 500g minced beef (80-85% lean)
  • 500g minced lamb (80-85% lean)
  • 1 ½ medium yellow onions, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup butter, melted (for brushing over the kebabs after grilling)


  1. You will need the right kind of metal skewers. >>These Russian ones on UK Amazon are fine<<.
  2. For best results the meat should be fresh (not previously frozen) and at room temperature.
  3. Finely chop the onion pieces in a food processor until very juicy.
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Where To Get Long Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewers BBQ

Where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers? Finding good quality long barbecue skewers  in the UK can be a drag. But you are in the right place to find out more.

BBQ skewers are a sector of the market that cheap Chinese manufacturers and ‘pile em high, sell em cheap’ eBay and Amazon merchants have been all over for some time.

Finding the good stuff at the right price among all the cheap rubbish out there can be hard.

If you want long stainless steel barbecue skewers, you want stainless steel.… Click here to continue reading this article

Review: Cau Didsbury, Manchester: “10% “Service Charge” Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth.

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 Italian Restaurant Ashton Under Lyne Review

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:


We booked the upstairs function room for an anniversary party. There were about twenty adults and a small gaggle of children present.… Click here to continue reading this article

2013 Musings from Togliatti, Russia: Restaurants & Eating Out.

Eating Out in Togliatti. 

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

Amaani Restaurant Ashton Under Lyne Review

The Amaani Indian Restaurant is located at 77 Lees Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL6 8BQ.

The phone number is 0161 339 9876.

In a rush? Here is the short version: Food is forgettable. Service is a bit crap. For Ashton, its about average.

A friend and I decided to go out for a meal recently to catch up. We both like Indian food and for logistical reasons, Ashton-Under-Lyne was the location.

He told me that the Amaani was the one everyone was talking about now (whoever everyone might be). So we went there.… Click here to continue reading this article

Marco Marco Marple Bridge Restaurant Review

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

The Shashlik! The Barbie, Barbecue, BBQ, etc. The Grilling Meat Topic.

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. :sick0012:

When I was first invited to the dacha in Russia, there was a big pan full of pieces of pork that were sat in water with chopped onions and a heavy weight on top all day.… Click here to continue reading this article

The Best Honey in the World: Russian Honey

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).

I dunno about the US, but in Europe, honey is markedly different from place to place.… Click here to continue reading this article

The Best Restaurant in Togliatti (Tolyatti) Russia. Orient Express.

At last I have found a restaurant in Togliatti that is good.

Orient Express.
35 Victory 40 Street.

Tel: (8482) 555777

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

Jaipur Indian Food Hyde

This evening we were in Hyde in Cheshire. We wanted Indian food. I googled for it (as you do) and found a site called – From there I found Jaipur. On the site are various reviews.

forget the rest
the best indian in tameside by miles. excellent food matched by presentation.

Screamed somebody called Steve. Steve doesn’t even know how to use capital letters, so can we trust him to know a decent curry when he eats one?

If they were king prawns, I`ll eat my hat

King prawn korma– contained no king prawns, had only cut up pieces of prawn, probably no more than 4 prawns total — very disappointed.

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Mandarin Indian and Chinese Restaurant. Tartu Mnt 42, 10115, Tallinn, 600 5878

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

Restaurant Isis. 390-392 Bolton Road, Swinton, Manchester. M27 8UX.

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.

The clientele is varied. Shaven-headed, blinged up Salfordian pseudo villains and their overweight bleach blonde Primark clad girlfriends mix it with regular folk.Click here to continue reading this article

Amici Italian Restaurant. 59-61 Buxton Rd, Heaviley, Stockport. SK2 6NB.

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

Valentinos Italian Restaurant, 121 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY

Valentino’s Italian Restaurant, 121 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY. Tel: 0161 443 1843.

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, York Street, Liverpool. L1 5BN.


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