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Taste Derby An A-Z of eating out


Using this guide

Food and Drink in Derby

Planning your night out or your business lunch starts here with our handy guide

British cuisine Pages 4-10

European cuisine – Pages 10-15

Indian restaurants – Pages 15-17

Oriental eateries – Pages 17, 20-21

Food from the rest of the world – Pages 22-23

Derby cafés – Pages 23-27

Westfield – Page 31 Out of Town – Page 31 Café Society – Page 32 London Rd/Midland Rd – Page 32 Friar Gate – Page 33 Iron Gate/Queen St – Page 33

Pubs and Bars – Pages 27-30

Food and Drink Awards – Page 34 A-Z of top 50 restaurants featured in this guide – Page 35

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Publisher Derby Telegraph Media Group Northcliffe House, Meadow Road, Derby DE1 2BH Call: 01332 291111 Created by Marketing Derby, Number One Pride Place, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8QR Call: 01332 201860 www.marketingderby.co.uk

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With John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby A vibrant food and drink scene is a vital part in the makeup of any city; it helps makes a place attractive for working, living and visiting. It also brings in new investment and employment. Derby has changed so much over the past few years and there is now an impressive array of eating and drinking experiences available from all over the world – some of which are among the best in the country. This guide challenges you to take a fresh look at Derby’s restaurant scene. We have picked 50 of the best from around the city and I can guarantee there will be ten or more restaurants that you have never heard of but would really enjoy if you were to give them a chance. People often tend to stick with what they know when eating out. We think it’s worth experimenting more to support these entrepreneurs who have added greatly to the experience of the city. It’s a tough time to run any business and the restaurant trade is especially notorious. Some of the guide entries are national outlets but most are independent, often family-owned restaurants who are excellent at what they do but could benefit from having a higher profile. That’s why we have produced this guide. It’s also important to note that no “There’s an amazing array of eating and establishment has paid for their entry. The drinking experiences in Derby.” restaurants are here on merit, based on recommendations from Derby’s business community. We have sifted through the recommendations and compiled this list. The quoted comments on each restaurant have been drawn from real customers based on their visits. Bottom line is there’s a reason why these places have survived and thrived. They have a loyal customer base and we think it’s time to shine a light and share their story.

Marketing Derby is a private body that has been established to attract investment into the city of Derby.

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Introduction

Welcome to Taste Derby


British cuisine

Darley’s Restaurant

Waterfront, Darley Abbey Mill, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DZ 01332 364987

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www.darleys.com

With its stunning setting on Darley Abbey weir, Darley’s is a picture perfect spot to enjoy great food and drink. One of Derby’s iconic restaurants, it has held its position with two rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide for the past seven years. Using only the finest fresh ingredients combined with a wealth of knowledge and flair for creating excellent food, Darley’s delivers a stylish dining experience. If you are visiting for the first time, it is well worth trying the “tasting plate”, which provides a “The food and hospitality at Darley’s is selection for you to sample. Fresh second to none.” seasonal and local produce will always be found on the menu. After indulging in one of the sumptuous desserts, go for a gentle stroll around the surrounding picturesque Darley Park, a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Best for... special occasions when both ambience and food count

Emily’s Steakhouse & Seafood Restaurant

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24 Monk Street North, Derby, DE1 3TX 01332 368863

www.emilys.biz

A real hidden gem, Emily’s reputation for steaks is hardearned and well deserved. A wide variety of chargrilled British steaks is offered (all served with homemade chips) including an 8oz fillet, 16oz T-bone and a hearty 32oz rump, but the rib-eye on the bone – Emily’s speciality – is certainly worth a try. Ask for a side of crispy onion rings, which come stacked in the shape of a pyramid! If seafood is more your style then you will want to sample the half dozen live oysters (when in season) or, for a special occasion, pre-order the Gourmet Seafood Platter which includes a whole lobster. Ingredients are locally sourced and the dishes are homemade and freshly prepared. Emily and her husband Chef Li have real passion and commitment to delivering a great all round dining experience, and this is shown by the relaxed, cosy atmosphere and friendly and knowledgeable service.

“Good, honest homemade food, excellent homely service and great ambience.”

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The Engine Shed Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Derby DE24 8JE 01332 387487

www.derby-college.ac.uk

Enjoy fine dining at the award-winning Derby College Roundhouse campus, home to one of the world’s few surviving locomotive turntables. The Engine Shed Restaurant sets high standards of cuisine, innovative presentation and impeccable service at prices that are affordable. As well as being a training restaurant, top class chefs deliver a full evening and lunchtime service. This stylish and inviting 80-seater restaurant allows you to see your meals being created through the restaurant’s three glass-fronted kitchens. The restaurant is keen on sourcing produce from local suppliers such as Broomfield Hall “Exciting food in a unique setting.” college. Starters include goat’s cheese, pear and walnut salad, and smoked mackerel fishcakes. For the main course the slow-roasted shoulder of Derbyshire lamb is a favourite. If you still have room to spare, choose from a selection of freshly-baked desserts. Open during term times only. Best for… a value meal in an historic location

Graze Gastro

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11-12 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BU 01332 208262

www.grazerestaurant.co.uk

The Graze Gastro philosophy is to offer expertly cooked food in a contemporary surrounding, served in a friendly, uncomplicated manner. British, contemporary gastro dishes such as award-winning ring of lamb and rosemary sausage and slow-braised bavette of locally-sourced beef are available alongside an eclectic range of pizzas (cooked in an authentic wood-burning oven), risotto, salads and pastas with a modern twist. Classic desserts such as the almond frangipani will satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Much of the produce is sourced locally from Derbyshire. Located in the heart of Friar Gate, with its lively “Graze is a gem of a restaurant and I bar and restaurant scene, Graze Gastro is the look forward to going back.” perfect restaurant for a celebration or special occasion with seating for groups of up to 20 people. The décor is chic and stylish with touches of luxury in the leather chairs and soft lighting. Best for… a special meal in a classy atmosphere in Derby’s restaurant quarter TASTE DERBY

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Hallmark Hotel Midland Road, Derby, DE1 2SQ 01332 345894

www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk

The Hallmark Hotel Derby is an impressive four star boutique contemporary-style hotel set in a historic Victorian building with secluded gardens that is conveniently located opposite Derby rail station. The elegant Brasserie Restaurant offers fine dining in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, where you can enjoy an extensive menu that contains a wide selection of the freshest seasonal produce. For something a little different, try the early evening tapas between 5pm and 7pm to accompany a pre-dinner drink. For those evenings where you want to relax with good company and good quality drinks, the plush lounge bar provides an intimate setting to enjoy a glass or two of wine from the impressive wine cellar. If you are looking to host an event, Hallmark Hotel is the perfect location with a variety of function rooms, that are ideally suited for any occasion, weddings, conferences and private events.

“The food was well cooked, beautifully presented and the service was very good indeed.”

Best for... meetings off the train, business lunch or drinks

Jack Rabbits Queen Street, Derby DE1 3DE 01332 349966

www.jackrabbitskitchen.co.uk

In 2011, Jack Rabbits expanded with a café and extended deli on the corner of Queen Street and St Mary’s Gate. Here, in the rustic farmhouse kitchen-style interior, you will find an array of freshly-baked bread, cooked meats, around 60 speciality cheeses and patisseries. The menu mixes staples such as croque monsieur with homemade tarts and an excellent vegetarian list. If you enjoy good food but don’t have the time or patience to cook it yourself, take a look inside the “For those of you that appreciate Jack Rabbits shop, where you can simple, ultra-fresh, high-quality food – take home fresh Aga-cooked food you can’t go wrong!” that contains no additives or preservatives, including pies, lasagnes, casseroles, curries, chillis and tarts – perfect for a hearty meal after a long day at work, or for throwing an impromptu dinner party. Best for… traditional home-cooked meals – why not try to pass off the food as your own! 6

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British cuisine

Jurys Inn

King Street, Derby DE1 3DB 01332 621000

www.derbyhotels.jurysinns.com

Situated at the top of the Cathedral Quarter, Jurys Inn is the perfect city centre location for business or pleasure and has a range of dining options. The Il Barista Café is an ideal spot to grab a quick lunch with colleagues or friends – choose from a great range of snacks, pastries and specialty coffees and teas to sit down and enjoy, or take away if you’re on the go. Jurys Inn has a commitment to delivering high quality delicious food and wines at affordable prices, and the informal yet stylish restaurant serves delicious international cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with views over to Pugin’s masterpiece, St Mary’s. The stylish bar is a great spot if you’re looking to have a light supper with friends before heading out into the town, or to end your evening with a night-cap.

“The wonderful food in the bar and restaurant was a delight.”

Best for… business breakfasts and after-office bar de-briefs

Mansion

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6/7 Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SN 01332 343665

www.mansionderby.com

When it comes to food and drink, Mansion has it all. Stop off for lunch in the brassiere, where you can choose from light meals including the 4oz rib-eye steak ciabatta, an all-day breakfast and a range of paninis and jacket potatoes to eat in or take away. In the evening, enjoy contemporary, fine dining in the à la carte restaurant with meals made from fresh ingredients, sourced from Derbyshire suppliers (like “Food, service and front of the fillet steak Rossini using house – outstanding every succulent farm-assured time.” Derbyshire 28-day aged beef). The contemporary style and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to unwind, and the service is attentive but informal. And if you are looking for a great night out, Mansion also has a wine bar that stays open late with live music providing the entertainment on Thursdays to Saturdays. Best for… great food in a lively environment TASTE DERBY

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British cuisine

Marriott Breadsall Priory Moor Road, Morley DE7 6DL 01332 832235

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www.marriott.co.uk

Last year marked the 750th anniversary of the opening of the Priory. The oldest of the world-famous Marriott hotels, this four star hotel and country club blends 13thcentury history with fine amenities and modern meeting facilities. The hotel has undergone a recent extensive renovation to the lobby, leisure club, restaurant, bar and conference rooms. The location of this hotel is a great spot for a day out or weekend away – just outside of the city and on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park. The One Rosette Priory Restaurant is set in an ancient wine cellar and features outstanding international cuisine to cover a range of tastes, and fine wines. For a spot of lunch, the Tempo Restaurant and Bar has a wide range of lighter meals available. Overlooking the indoor pool, it also has an outdoor terraced area to sit and relax.

“The food was delicious, beautifully cooked and presented.”

Best for… outstanding cuisine and fine wine and maybe a round of golf

Masa

The Old Wesleyan Chapel, Brook Street, Derby DE1 3PF 01332 203345

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www.masarestaurantwinebar.com

Set in a beautifully-converted Grade II listed Chapel, Masa has a great reputation for its fine food (awarded two AA rosettes for its quality) and unique setting. Masa has retained many of its intriguing decorative features from its early years as Wesleyan Chapel, and you will find that the restaurant’s gentle evolution has in no way spoilt the exclusivity and calm. The ambience of traditional comfort has been perfectly matched with immaculately prepared cuisine. “The canapes and other small touches Starters include seared scallops, make Masa the best restaurant in Derby.” and slow-cooked belly of pork. Mains are created from local seasonal produce, such as pan-fried fillet of Derbyshire beef with ravioli of ox cheek. The sumptuous desserts, such as the pineapple and rum pannacotta, come with recommendations for complementing drinks. Due to the fresh ingredients the menu is subject to change. Masa is available for private hire and is a very popular wedding venue. Best for… an exclusive environment and immaculately prepared cuisine 8

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Morley Hayes

Moor Road, Morley DE7 6DL 01332 780480

www.morleyhayes.com

This four-star luxury hotel and golf course is also a popular conference and wedding venue. The Dovecoat Restaurant (1 AA rosette status) offers a variety of menus made using the freshest, local and best-quality seasonal produce and a wellstocked cellar provides superb wine to accompany your meal. Enjoy your meal while looking over views of the golf course. An ideal venue for entertaining business clients, family celebrations or a quiet candlelit meal for two. Drink and dine alfresco in the relaxing courtyard and take in the panoramic views of the Derbyshire countryside. Roosters is set in a quiet location within the “Everything was superb, from the choice parkland golf courses. Home-cooked bar snacks on the menu, the service and the meals.” and meals are served alongside traditional ales, lagers and coffees. The Spike Bar is situated on the first floor and provides a relaxing place to enjoy an all-day breakfast while watching all the latest sport on the plasma screen TV. Best for… escape the city for a long lunch or dine out

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16 St Mary’s Gate, Derby DE1 3JR 01332 546080

www.cathedralquarterhotel.com

One of the most charming restaurants in Derby, a grand sweeping staircase with original stained glass windows leads you up to Opulence Restaurant where you’ll instantly see why it was given its name. Offering modern British food, each and every dish is beautifully presented and put together meticulously with freshness and seasonality in mind. In 2010, Opulence hosted Her Majesty The Queen for a three-course lunch. Bar Sixteen is an intimate city centre bar specialising in cocktails. Enjoy classics such as the Singapore Sling and Mojito, alongside new concoctions like Breakfast in the Sidecar. The cocktails are made from only fresh products and the best spirits that can be found. If you fancy yourself as a cocktail connoisseur, you can book in to the Bar Sixteen Cocktail School, where you “Unique service, drink will learn the secrets and skills of the and atmosphere.” professionals. Best for… restaurant has the grandeur of a ballroom; the bar is perfect for trying new cocktails TASTE DERBY

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British cuisine

Restaurant Zest at Bennetts 8 Irongate, Derby DE1 3AL 01332 344261

www.zestbennetts.co.uk

Restaurant Zest at Bennetts Brasserie brings together the expertise and reputation of Restaurant Zest within Derby’s most iconic department store to bring you daytime dining with style. For a leisurely breakfast or a working lunch, the dishes available are made to order using premium ingredients from largely local suppliers, and the open kitchen means you can see your food being cooked. Lunch dishes include homemade chicken and leek pie, baked cannelloni, the Zest club sandwich and pear, walnut and stilton salad. Freshly-baked cakes and desserts also sit alongside freshly ground coffee and speciality tea and, if you are celebrating a special occasion, or just fancy a special treat, why not start the day with the now legendary three-course Champagne breakfast?

“Good speed, value and food – perfect lunch.”

Best for… celebrating a special occasion by starting the day with a Champagne breakfast

Cucina

26-28 Green Lane, Derby DE1 1RP

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01332 412691 Cucina is a lovely family-run Italian café bar and restaurant newly-opened on Green Lane. The food is freshly cooked, nutritious and reasonably priced. The restaurant has a café style with authentic Italian décor, making it a very tranquil and relaxing place to enjoy good food and good company. Open for lunch, you can sit back and enjoy the set menu, or a light snack such as a ciabatta filled roll or panini with a delicious fresh Italian coffee while watching the world go by. In the evening, try the à la carte menu or the set two and threecourse menus and experience eating genuine Italian food including traditional pasta, meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. For dessert, don’t miss the tiramisu. The open kitchen allows you to watch your meal being prepared and the passion of the owners is reflected in the quality of the food and service. Best for… home-cooked Italian food at great value 10

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“Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys proper Italian food, tremendous value!”


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147 London Road, Derby DE1 2QN 01332 360850 Renowned for its wide range of delicious tapas, as well as a more contemporary à la carte menu, El Toro claims to be “the one and only real authentic Spanish restaurant and tapas bar in Derbyshire”. Escape into the Spanish style décor and relaxed atmosphere maintained by attentive and welcoming staff. Tapas has grown so much in popularity that many high street chains have now adopted its approach. El Toro is a more traditional and relaxed take on the style.

“Nice people, lovely food, nice atmosphere, almost like being in Mijas!”

Best for… authentic tapas and a great place to start a night out

The European

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22 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP 01332 368732

www.theeuropeanrestaurant.co.uk

Established 20 years ago, the European Restaurant is a family business which has grown and developed through the years. It is situated in the heart of the upmarket Cathedral Quarter, and offers panoramic views over Derby Cathedral. Uniquely housed in one of Derby’s finest and oldest buildings, there are two restaurants with different styles, giving clients the option for both formal and informal dining. The restaurant features a modern and diverse menu based on classical European traditions. “Excellent value for money for the most The Bistro was inspired by the authentic European meal in Derby.” classical French bistros and Italian enotecas of the past but with a modern twist. It is friendly and full of character, and is the perfect venue for meeting friends or enjoying a meal before the theatre. The Bistro serves simple, stylish Italian food based on the freshest seasonal produce and is complemented by a great wine list. Best for… classic continental cuisine served with a modern twist TASTE DERBY

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El Toro


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La Dolce Vita

129a London Road, Derby DE1 2QN 01332 200814

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wwww.ladolcevitaderby.co.uk

This spacious and impressive restaurant was once the stalls of an old cinema, giving it a truly authentic feel which evokes the lively atmosphere of a typical good Italian restaurant. La Dolce Vita provides classic Italian cuisine, with each dish created using fresh produce and made to order. A reasonably-priced menu with a wide choice of tasty pizzas, steaks, fresh pastas, fish and chicken dishes, as well as specialities such as sea bass and lobster. The food is complemented well by a carefully selected menu of wines, champagnes “I'll be back with my Italian father – it's and beers. good enough for him!” The restaurant is run the Italian way – with a warm welcome, impeccable service and a passionate care for great food. The chefs have a lifetime of experience in Italian cooking, and bring from Sardinia the flavour of true Italian farmhouse cooking to the kitchen. The perfect place to enjoy la dolce vita! Best for… the taste of Italy in a spacious, elegant restaurant

Le Bistrot Pierre

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18 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BX 01332 370470

www.lebistrotpierre.co.uk

Busy and buzzy, Le Bistrot Pierre is Derby’s most established French bistrot, located right in the heart of the city’s restaurant quarter on Friar Gate. You will find an informal, friendly atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing with family and friends. Le Bistrot Pierre is renowned for its provincial French cooking, which is served to a high standard and affordably priced. The chefs regularly travel throughout France, sampling the cuisine and selecting their favourite dishes to bring back. You can still find classic dishes on the menu, such as onion soup, beef bourguignon and crème brulée. The food is freshly prepared and hard work goes into sourcing top quality suppliers. The steaks are from prime pasture-fed Scottish beef and are matured for at least 21 days, and the wine list has been cleverly paired with some of the most loved dishes. Enjoy a warming candle lit dinner on a cold winter’s evening. Best for… pretending you are in Paris - just for a day 12

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“The occasional gourmet evenings are a real treat for that special evening.”


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38 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA 01332 340299

Located next to Friar Gate bridge is Pietro, an Italian dining experience offering a traditional menu in a stylish environment. It has a sense of authenticity that is very reminiscent of the gastro bars in Italy, with a bright conservatory-style dining room. Groups of any size can be catered for. There is a bar area at the front of the restaurant to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks. The food is authentic Italian cuisine served in generous portions and at reasonable prices. All of the pasta is homemade daily, and chef Pietro only uses freshly-sourced produce of the “Fabulous value for money, scrumptious highest quality and the dishes deliver real food – I even got serenaded.” punch. You will find some of the forgotten Italian dishes here such as mussels and king prawns, which is a refreshing surprise. Service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. A must for Italian foodies. Best for… a traditional, authentic and generous taste of Italy

Restaurant Zest

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16d George Street, Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1EH 01332 381101

www.restaurantzest.co.uk

Restaurant Zest is a high quality restaurant situated in the heart of Derby’s restaurant quarter, which serves modern British and European fine dining in a relaxed, non-intimidating way. Tucked away down George Street in a beautiful, converted former stables building, the dining room is smart but laid-back with exposed brick walls and beams, and the atmosphere cosy and welcoming. The chef and his team create new menus every season to always make the most of the best seasonal ingredients around and mix the latest recipe ideas alongside more classic specialties. The à la carte and set-price menus sit alongside a full wine list from some of the world’s leading estates to make for a truly enjoyable experience. The fixed price lunches and early evening menus are great value for money.

“The food at Zest is original, interesting and always of great quality.”

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Pietro


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Steliana’s and Sapho’s

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15 London Road, Derby DE1 2QS 01332 385200

www.stelianaandsaphos.co.uk

This Greek restaurant has been open for more than 20 years and stands on its reputation for excellent food. Run by Andreas and his family, as soon as you walk in you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Greece with the authentic décor and laid-back atmosphere. The menu boasts a wide variety of authentic Greek cuisine with a Cypriot twist, all cooked fresh. For your first visit it is worth trying the Mezze, which consists of lots of little dishes each brought out individually – ideal for sharing. If you have any room left you can have a baklava with a strong Greek coffee. For a real taste of Greece visit on a Saturday and enjoy the live Greek music, when the atmosphere is buzzing. If you have a love for Greek food and want a relaxing, authentic experience, look no further.

“A little piece of Greece in Derby to remind you of holidays.”

Best for… an intimate meal or work party or just fantastic food

Stresa

The Holiday Inn, The Morledge, Derby DE1 2AW 01332 412520

www.stresarestaurants.com

Located right in the newly- opened Riverlights complex is this Italian-inspired restaurant and bar, which has the interesting feature of being Derby’s highest restaurant! You can therefore enjoy your meal while looking over fantastic views over the city. Stresa offers a warm inviting environment suitable for any occasion, whether you want a light lunch with friends, a place to entertain clients, or a romantic meal for two in the evening. Relax and enjoy the freshly prepared dishes that mix authentic “The staff were wonderfully friendly and contemporary Italian cuisine and attentive but not obstrusive.” The menu offers pizzas, handmade pastas, salads and a superb selection of cooked meats along with daily specials. There is a well thought-out Italian wine list – ask your waiter to match your wine to your food. For a drink and a snack in the evening there is a bar menu serving pizzas, paninis and desserts. Best for… fresh pasta, wine and a great view of the city 14

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16-17 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BX 01332 208297

www.zizzi.co.uk

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Zizzi

Zizzi delivers Italian food at reasonable prices, with a warm and friendly ambience. The Friar Gate branch has a brand-new look inspired by the local surroundings, Rolls-Royce factory and the building’s origins as a grocery store. This new layout creates a great atmosphere, whether you want to celebrate a special occasion with a group or a romantic dinner for two. The menu at Zizzi is constantly evolving through the seasons to offer lighter and refreshing options in the summer, and hearty warming meals in the winter. Pizzas are large and traditional Italian style, a thin light crust with a varied selection of toppings. They are made with the finest dough, hand-stretched and baked to perfection. Zizzi has worked hard to make the menu tastier and healthier; now all pasta dishes can now be offered as “If you want reliably good food gluten-free, and pizzas can be served on a wholemeal in a stylish place, you can’t go base. wrong here.” Best for… Italian food in a fantastic atmosphere

Anoki

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129 London Road, Derby DE1 2QN 01332 292888

www.anoki.co.uk

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Anoki is a world away from the traditional curry house, providing fine dining in stunning surroundings in a converted cinema. The restaurant makes the most of this and exudes opulence with its lavishly-decorated interior, authentic Indian recipes and traditionally-dressed waiting staff. Bollywood movies play on the screen while you enjoy the food. Popular starters include the hot chilli dish or chicken tikka. If you can’t decide, choose the spicy grill section and have a taste of each! Mains are a well thought-out selection of classic dishes and regional specialities, and a wide range of speciality breads and rice dishes to accompany. There is a wide choice of vegetarian dishes available. Complement your meal with something from the large selection of “Fantastic food, fine wines, speciality beers, spirits and cocktails. amazing staff – With a seating capacity of 120, Anoki is suitable atmosphere electric.” for both small intimate parties and large groups.


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Shahensha

13-15 Pear Tree Road, Derby DE23 6PZ 01332 362330

www.shahenshahsweetcentre.co.uk

Established more than 20 years ago, Shahensha Sweet Centre is located in the city’s vibrant, multicultural Normanton and is both a restaurant and takeaway. While this is not fine dining, you will be guaranteed authentic Indian cuisine at excellent value for money, and the service is both welcoming and efficient. The restaurant attracts a diverse crowd and has a friendly feel. A wide selection of starters and snacks are on offer, and examples of mains include curries, biryani, karachi and tandoori dishes. Breads and rice are available as sides. One tip – you must save “I travel 15 miles to visit, it’s well worth room for the natural, mouth-watering delicious it.” Indian sweets. Don’t expect any fuss – what you see is what you get and it’s great value and a fun experience. The restaurant is so popular that it has recently invested in an extensive refurbishment. Best for… a bit of experimentation in the heart of Normanton

Shalimar

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2-3, Midland Road, Derby DE1 3FJ 01332 366745

www.shalimarderby.co.uk

The Shalimar Indian restaurant on Midland Road has been serving the people of Derby and beyond for more than 25 years and has gone from strength to strength, gaining a commendable reputation for its high quality Indian cuisine, five-star hygiene rating and excellent customer service. All of the cuisine is cooked to order by the passionate chefs using the freshest ingredients and their secret knowledge of spices and recipes. The menu is diverse and boasts traditional curries alongside speciality dishes. There is a great choice from the à la carte menu, special offers throughout the week, and a reduced calorie range. You can also experience the tastes of Shalimar in your own home with the home delivery service. Enjoy your meal in luxurious surroundings, and let the friendly staff take care of you. The restaurants ethos is “customers come as diners, but leave as friends”. Best for… outstanding menu choice for all tastes 16

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“Brilliant customer service and mouth watering food prepared just the way you like it.”


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10 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BU 01332 346145

www.spicelounge-friargate.co.uk

The only Asian restaurant in Derby’s popular Friar Gate restaurant quarter, The Spice Lounge offers a stimulating range of Bangladeshi and Southern Asian dishes with a creative twist to appeal to the western palate. The chefs learned their skills in their native Bangladesh and, along with this, the menu has been influenced by thousands of years of Asian culture and presents an interesting and exciting representation of one of the world’s most popular cuisines. “Fantastic service and food quality – You will experience authentic and the early bird offer is brilliant” exotic spices from around the world, and the ingredients are fresh and sourced locally. For starters, the tandoori and vegetable platters are a good way to experience a range of tastes. A popular main is the tarka chicken. For something spicier, try the garlic chilli chicken bahar – not for the faint hearted! Try the early bird special for a two-course meal and drink at great value for money.

Indian cuisine

Spice Lounge

Best for... early bird specials seven nights a week

Ebi Sushi

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59 Abbey Street, Derby DE22 3SJ

Ebi Sushi is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the UK and one of Derby’s best kept secrets. Frequented by the city’s Japanese community based around Toyota, the fish is fresh, the cuts are succulent and the simple tastes just melt in your mouth. Enjoy exquisitely presented authentic sushi and sashimi carefully created by the Japanese chef, with sushi wraps made to order. The raw fish, served in its different styles (nigiri, maki, sashimi) is one of the real attractions on the menu. Don’t be put off by the exterior, the interior is “An authentic Japanese experience brightly lit and is warm and inviting. The owner, Mr with the best sushi north of London.” Ebina, is also the chef and he personally chooses the fish at market every day. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food is served fairly quickly at well-paced intervals. For those who enjoy real Japanese cuisine, Ebi Sushi is one of the best outside London. Best for... authenticity – be transported 6,000 miles away to a Kyoto backstreet café TASTE DERBY

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Oriental cuisine

Moon Sha

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4 Friary Street, Derby DE1 1JF 01332 343288

www.moonsha.co.uk

Moon Sha Japanese bar and restaurant opened with a bang a few years ago and continues to deliver one of Derby’s best eating experiences. Choose between a variety of seating options, including the bustling main dining hall, the teppanyaki area (where you sit and watch your food being prepared and cooked by the entertaining chefs), and two stylish private function rooms. Adhering to the principles of authentic Japanese cuisine, the chef maintains consistent standards of excellence, selecting the finest seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan. From this “Great food, great location and they create a delicious blend of the best great people” sushi combinations, Japanese tapas and teppanyaki as well as the usual noodle and rama dishes. If you are new to Japanese food, the staff are happy to offer information and recommendations about the dishes. A great place for an enjoyable and interesting night out. Best for... respectable business lunches or lively team nights out

New Water Margin

72/74 Burton Road, Derby DE1 1TG 01332 364754

An established Derby landmark, this popular restaurant serves authentic Peking, Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine in large open plan surroundings. The New Water Margin hosts an extensive buffet, offering traditional favourite Chinese dishes of a consistently good quality. The dishes, which come in generous portions, are prepared in the traditional manner by the team of Chinese chefs. Dishes include Mongolian crispy lamb, deep fried soft shell crab, roast duck Cantonese “Manages to offer a wide range of style and sizzling tender steak in quality ‘English’ Chinese dishes as well satay sauce. as authentic hotpot and dim sum for There are two function rooms the more adventurous” available for private hire and for this banquet menus are provided. If you want to sing for your supper, there is a separate karaoke room with songs in several languages. Best for… the buffet, which provides exceptional value and choice 20

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56 Green Lane, Derby DE1 1RP 01332 343933

www.thaiboran.co.uk

A little off the main restaurant pitch, you will find this charming restaurant reproducing a real Thai dining experience. From the wooden staircase leading up to the restaurant to the rough plastered walls and ceilings in the quirky mix of rooms, you are greeted with a true feeling and atmosphere of being in Thailand. A major part of the authenticity at Thai Boran is the food itself – created, prepared and cooked with carefully chosen ingredients imported from Thailand. Piquant luxurious flavours are blended with a range of authentic sauces and dips, and the sea bass and papaya salad are among favourite dishes. This is a versatile restaurant, making it ideal for a quick snack – from their excellent value lunchtime menu, enjoying something fresh and new from the specials menu, to the full a la carte menu in the evening. There is also a take away option. Best for... simply authentic great Thai food

8 Bold Lane, Derby DE1 3NT 01332 372016

www.derby.thaidusit.co.uk

The name means a “Thai Buddhist” paradise, and this elegantly appointed restaurant in the Cathedral Quarter certainly lives up to the promise. The whole dining experience is designed to transport customers into the Thai culture, from the unhurried and friendly service and atmosphere, to the décor and artefacts, and of course, the cuisine. The menu covers many well-known dishes such as Pad Thai and also speciality dishes such as Ped Yang, all of which are prepared to original Thai recipes. There is a good choice of vegetarian dishes. As well as the à la carte menu there is a choice of set meals, all of which represent great value for money. The restaurant is open at lunchtime with a selection of set menus. The food is complemented by a good selection of international wines, beers and liqueurs. The restaurant can cater for both small and large groups. Best for... classic Thai cuisine in the Cathedral Quarter


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