Thursday, 10 September 2015

Opulence Restaurant - Cathedral Quarter Hotel, Derby.

A few weeks ago I was invited over to try the Opulence Restaurant at The Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby.
Needless to say, I was there! 

With a table booked for 8pm last night, me and my mum headed off a little earlier than usual to have a drink in their Bar 16.
There is no parking on site, but there is a Park Safe car park just down the road on Bold Lane.

The bar is on your left as you walk into the main reception. As we arrived it was quite full in there as it is a smaller room. It was great to see so many people in there.
My mum had a mojito and I had a mocktail. I really enjoyed mine.
We had menus handed to us to browse.
The set menu offers 2 courses at £14.95 or 3 courses for £19.95 which I thought was excellent value for money and there's a really good mixture of options.

We had a wander up to the table as the restaurant is located on the floor above.
The entrance has a magnificent staircase and the whole building itself is lovely.
We were served by Ryan who is the assistant manager of the restaurant.
As we had already looked at the menus, we ordered straight away.

To start, I had a Caesar Salad and my mum chose the Thai Fishcakes.

I really enjoyed mine. The dressing was delicious, the bacon crispy and overall was a nice light start to the meal. It did have anchovies on though which wasn't on the menu. I left these as I don't do fish.
My mum enjoyed her fishcakes too and mentioned that the lime puree complimented the dish well.

Next up, for mains, I wanted to go for something different to normal, so I had the Potato Gnocchi, which came served in a red pesto cream.
I thought it was delicious. The sauce had nice flavours and there was just the right amount of gnocchi. Any more and I'd have felt too stodgy.

My mum had the 6oz Sirloin steak which came served with garlic mushrooms, hand cut chips and a tomato relish in a mini saucepan.

She said the steak was cooked as requested (medium) and tasted great. The chips were lovely and had a nice crisp.
I had a try of the chips and the tomato relish was great to dip them in. It was quite sweet which I really liked, mum did too!

After all this food, we were feeling pretty stuffed - but there's always room for dessert!! For me anyway.

I chose to have a chocolate brownie which is one of my all time favourites.
It was amazing! The best I've had for a long time! It was rich, crunchy on the outside and so soft on the inside - perfect! Plus, it came with shards of chocolate too. A chocolate lovers dream.
It was on the menu as being served with vanilla ice cream but I got chocolate. This was no problem for me at all.

Overall, we both had a very nice relaxed evening. The service we received from Ryan was excellent, he is a credit to the place!
The food was delicious and as I mentioned earlier, it's amazing value for the money. There was a great choice of drinks too.

The hotel itself is a lovely building and was once the magistrates court.
As well as the restaurant, hotel and bar you can also hire out their function rooms for meetings, parties and you can even have it as your wedding venue!

I will definitely return here as I'd love to try their afternoon tea or maybe even a champagne breakfast (minus the champagne).

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