Spice is right

Your favourite restau­rants re­vealed

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HINCK­LEY has un­der­gone a gas­tro rev­o­lu­tion over the last year or so with nu­mer­ous places to eat pop­ping up all over the town and be­yond.

The ar­rival of The Cres­cent has seen the open­ing of Meatcure, Wild­wood, Tarro Lounge, and Prezzo while Rossini moved from Coven­try Road.

Else­where, The White Bear pub has been ren­o­vated and re­named with plenty of nice food on of­fer.

And we also have the ar­rival of Cas­sia Spice and 7H Spices among nu­mer­ous other places.

We de­cided to take a look at TripAd­vi­sor to see which are the top rated places to eat in Hinck­ley and Burbage.

On the web­site, din­ers can leave their re­views of any place they visit as well as a rat­ing.

Thou­sands of peo­ple have done so for the Hinck­ley area. TripAd­vi­sor lists the places to eat based on the re­view­ers rat­ings.

And it seems that Hinck­ley peo­ple like their spices with Ever­est Dine com­ing top with Silchar sec­ond and new­comer Cas­sia Spice Buf­fet in third.

While Ever­est Dine is well es­tab­lished, Silchar ar­rived a cou­ple of years ago and Cas­sia is a mere one-year-old.

There are also a few nice pubs on the list and some long stand­ing places to eat such as Bar­na­cles and Restau­rant 26 - which is now well-es­tab­lished in the Sy­camores Pub in Burbage.

So do you agree with them? Tell us what you think.

Just be aware, these rat­ings can change - even while we are going to press.

1) Ever­est Dine, Hol­liers Walk

This has been a firm favourite for many years in town and is cur­rently the top rated restau­rant.

The restau­rant says: “Our aim is to bring the best of Nepalese and In­dian cui­sine with a mod­ern twist on tra­di­tional meth­ods. Our ded­i­cated chefs con­tin­u­ally re­fine and de­velop our recipes to the high­est stan­dards set by Ever­est Dine.”

Re­view­ers give it 4.5 out of 5 and it has a TripAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence.

One re­viewer said: “De­li­cious tasty food, very friendly ser­vice, pleas­ant at­mos­phere. Don’t miss out on the magic chicken and the lamb momo’s. It is the best Nepalese/In­dian in Hinck­ley!”

An­other raved: “I would like say that this restau­rant is the best in Hinck­ley. No con­test! Narayan and his staff have out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice qual­i­ties very at­ten­tive. And the food is ex­quis­ite I have NEVER had a bad meal and cur­rently work­ing my way through the menu.”

2) Silchar, Lower Bond Street

This restau­rant is on Lower Bond Street and used to be home to the pop­u­lar pub the Bar­ley Sheaf.

Silchar says: “Of­fer­ing Hinck­ley and sur­round­ing ar­eas a unique and more vi­brant In­dian din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We pride our­selves in be­ing so­phis­ti­cated yet fam­ily friendly.”

And a re­viewer said: “From the mo­ment you walk in, Silchar is a great ex­pe­ri­ence. The staff are be­yond po­lite, and you feel wel­come im­me­di­ately.

“The food is in­cred­i­ble. You have a choice from the full range of spiced dishes, as you would ex­pect from a curry restau­rant, but here, you can tin­ker. Upon re­quest, the staff are happy to ad­vise you as to what to ex­pect from the myr­iad of dishes, but also will try to adapt thing to your taste.

“The at­mos­phere is very chilled. Yes, on week­ends there are some louder groups, but noth­ing gets out of hand at all. An ex­cel­lent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

3) Cas­sia Spice Buf­fet This buf­fet restau­rant has been open for just a year now and is in a re­fur­bished build­ing on Hol­liers Walk.

The restau­rant says: “Come, join us and tickle your taste­buds with a va­ri­ety of au­then­tic dishes from In­dia and be­yond. Cas­sia has an ex­ten­sive bar of drinks to suit ev­ery­one, from soft drinks and ‘Lassi’ to beers, wines and spir­its.”

A re­viewer said: “Went for Sun­day af­ter­noon buf­fet a cou­ple of weeks ago. What a gem. Great en­vi­ron­ment, plenty of space, good at­mos­phere, friendly staff and I haven’t even started on the food yet. Ev­ery­thing was freshly cooked and qual­ity of food is cer­tainly on their list of pri­or­i­ties. The meat samosas were de­li­cious and so light, as was the fish pakora. Lamb bhuna was great too, in fact we could not fault a thing. They will even cook your choice of food on re­quest if they don’t have it on buf­fet.”

4) Bar­na­cles, A5 near Burbage

This has been a long-stand­ing favourite for many in the area since it opened in 1992.

The restau­rant says: “Seafood has been our first love since we opened in early 1992 and con­tin­ues to be to this day. But we don’t just do fish, we have a wide choice of meat and vege­tar­ian dishes avail­able too. Our open plan barn, with con­tem­po­rary decor and rus­tic feel offers a warm and vi­brant at­mos­phere.”

One re­vi­wer said: “My hus­band and I chose Bar­na­cles for our an­niver­sary treat - so glad we did! Bril­liant restau­rant. Food de­li­cious. Nice set­ting . Will be back next month for my birth­day treat.”

5) 7H Spices, Coven­try Road

This is an­other new kid on the block and it has not taken long for it to make an im­pact.

This is a South In­dian restau­rant which tries to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent.

They said they of­fer South In­dian cui­sine which in­cludes four states - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kar­nataka, Ker­ala.

These states have seven com­mon spices which the restau- rant uses pri­mar­ily.

They said: “The sim­i­lar­ity among the cuisines in­clude the pres­ence of rice as a sta­ple food, the use of lentils and spices, dried red chilies and fresh green chilies, co­conut, tamarind, gar­lic and gin­ger. The four cuisines have much in com­mon and dif­fer pri­mar­ily in the spici­ness of the food.”

A re­viewer said: “Do try this for a dif­fer­ent taste of In­dian food. The flavours are com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what you would ex­pect. The south­ern In­dian spic­ing and flavours make this so dif­fer­ent . The fish dishes es­pe­cially. We have been twice, and the food and ser­vice both times have been ex­cel­lent. How of­ten are you ad­vised to or­der less, as what they are serv­ing will be enough?”

6) The Tin Hat Bar and Grill This pub has been pop­u­lar with food­ies for a few years now.

They also or­gan­ise plenty of events.

A re­viewer said: “I have been to the Tin Hat sev­eral times and they are hands down the best restau­rant for food in Hinck­ley. The menu isn’t the most ex­ten­sive but ev­ery­thing on it is cooked to per­fec­tion and tastes amaz­ing. The staff are al­ways pleas­ant and friendly. I rec­om­mend the pork belly and the steak are my cur­rent favourites.”

6) Restau­rant 26 This pop­u­lar restau­rant has now moved from the cen­tre of Hinck­ley to its new lo­ca­tion in the Sy­camores pub in Wind­sor Street Burbage.

The restau­rant says: “Head chef Thom Sleath cre­ated an ex­cit­ing range of dishes to show­case some of the best Bri­tish cui­sine.

“The menus reg­u­larly change to re­flect sea­sonal pro­duce, us­ing meat, veg­eta­bles and fruit from high qual­ity sup­pli­ers.”

A re­viewer said: “With­out doubt the best Sun­day roast meal I have ever eaten out.

“Ser­vice was ex­cel­lent and the food scrump­tious, so much so that I ate three cour­ses, some­thing I have not done for a long while.

“We ate up­stairs in the air con­di­tioned restau­rant on a hot day where we had dif­fer­ent starters and meats for the Sun­day lunch. Noth­ing to fault.”

8) The Rail­way, Sta­tion Road

It is a few years now since this place was ren­o­vated and re­launched as part of the Steamin Billy chain which is lo­cal to Le­ices­ter­shire.

The pub says: “The Rail­way has an ex­cel­lent restau­rant area ideal for great lunches and tra­di­tional Bri­tish fod­der in­clud­ing tra­di­tional beer bat­tered fish and chips and our pop­u­lar Thurs­day Steak Night.”

A re­view raved: “We went for lunch yes­ter­day and found the new menu of­fered an ex­cit­ing choice of dishes to choose from and from pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence we knew could try some thing dif­fer­ent safe in the knowledge it would be pre­pared to the same high stan­dard.

“I tried the Mex­i­cana burger as I like spicy food which was re­ally tasty, but must ad­mit was tempted by the sub­tle vari­a­tions such as the whole grain mash and pep­per­corn sauce with the lambs liver, which my wife en­joyed.”

9) Simla, Coven­try Road This is one of Hinck­ley’s most es­tab­lished places to eat and does not need much of an in­tro­duc­tion.

The restau­rant says it has been “pro­vid­ing ser­vice to Hinck­ley and the sur­round­ing area for nearly 20 years.”

A re­viewer said: “I use this place about one a month. The food is ex­cel­lent and the menu offers an ex­ten­sive and var­ied choice. I have to travel around 15 miles to get there so ob­vi­ously I think it’s worth the trip even though there are lots of good In­dian restau­rants nearer home. Staff are al­ways will­ing to al­ter things to suite in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments and I hon­estly have no idea how they of­fer such qual­ity food for the price.”

10) Golden Spoon Thai Restau­rant

An­other new ar­rival on the scene, this is lo­cated on Coven­try Road in town.

A spokesper­son for the restau­rant said: “I was raised in a small vil­lage to the north of Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land. I had a pas­sion for cook­ing from a young age and spent many hours with my mother and fa­ther at their restau­rant help­ing them. They taught me how to pre­pare and cook the most amaz­ing dishes out of ev­ery­day in­gre­di­ents and herbs.”

A re­view said: “First time at this restau­rant and what a great find. The choice of dishes is ex­cel­lent and left us won­der­ing what to try for ages, how­ever the seafood ban­quet was too good an op­tion to pass up for two.

“Lovely mix of dishes, all fresh tast­ing and com­pli­ment­ing each other. Starters de­li­cious, mains too. All in all a lovely meal, im­pressed.

Cas­sia Spice

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