Sunday, 15 November 2015

Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant - Calverton, Nottingham.

When I was asked to go along to Oscar's in Calverton, I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd never been or even heard of it before!
I did some research online and found out that it had just re-opened after undergoing an extensive refurbishment and the reviews that I had read were all excellent.

I took along my mum and the car journey took about 45 minutes from where I live.
As we pulled into the car park, the outside looked pretty standard with the neutral colours.
But... When I walked inside, it is totally different!

The interior is so elegant, you can tell that a lot of thought has been put into it. There's a really relaxed feel, plus they have live music on every Friday.

We ordered some drinks at the bar and were given menus to look at.
The menu as a whole is huge! Plenty of choice for everyone. But we were focusing on the Lunch Menu which offers a set menu for one, two or three courses. Of course I was going for three (£11.95)!

We were taken through to our table which was in the dining area to the back of the building.
Again, the interior is lovely in here. I really liked the duck egg blue colour scheme in here. It was nice to see the use of colour.
There were already a few tables seated which I wasn't expecting at 12:30 but was great to see.

For starters, I opted for the 'Goat's Cheese, Beetroot Carpaccio' which was served with rocket and walnuts.
I'm a big fan of goat's cheese and absolutely loved this dish. The flavours all went together perfectly and the crunch from the walnuts was just what this otherwise soft plate of food needed.
Mum had the soup of the day which was tomato. This came served with a little crusty baguette.
Both starters were very well presented and mum said that the soup was very nice and the temperature just right.
I had a little taste and agreed.

For mains, I had the 'Risotto Verde' with broad beans, asparagus and pecorino cheese.
Risotto is another of my all time favourites so was excited to see this option on the menu. I wasn't disappointed.
It tasted delicious. The asparagus and beans made it quite refreshing rather than stodgy which you usually get with risotto. Plus, it was smothered in cheese so that's a big bonus for me!

Mum went for the 'Chicken Breast' with white wine sauce, new potatoes and veg.
This went down a treat for mum, she had a clean plate by the end. It did come with mash potatoes rather than new which we weren't told about but wasn't a problem for her. She did point out that this dish is covered in tarragon which I know is a herb that can be an acquired taste and isn't specified on the menu. Luckily, she likes tarragon but if I was to have chosen this dish, I wouldn't have eaten it.

After a lovely main, it was time for pudding!
The set lunch menu only offers two choices for dessert which was a little disappointing so we decided to order one of each and share.

There was a treacle tart:
And a black cherry cheesecake. However, shortly after ordering, we were informed by our waiter that there was no Black Cherry left but could have Mandarin instead. Obviously we agreed as there was no other option to chose from.
It pains me to say this after a delightful meal, but the desserts were not great which was such a shame as everything had been perfect up until this point.

The treacle tart was really dry and plain. It definitely needed something to accompany it like ice-cream for example.
The cheesecake tasted off and the base was soggy.
We ended up leaving most of them. Sad face.

I personally think Oscar's would really benefit from doing home made desserts, it would be so much better!

After our meal, I had a little wander around to check the place out.
I came across the conference room which was being set up for a wedding reception later that afternoon.

It looked really beautiful in there and you can even get married here!
We chatted to one of the owners and he told us all about what services they can offer at Oscar's. The list is quite big.

Overall, I really enjoyed my meal at Oscar's but was unfortunately let down by dessert.
The staff were all very attentive and friendly, it is a lovely place and has been updated to a really high standard.
I would visit Oscar's again if I was over that way as it is quite far for me to travel and would recommend as like I mentioned, there is a lot of choice on the menu and is definitely something for everyone.

Take a look at their website:

Thanks for reading,


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