The Miche­lin-starred chef shares his lo­cal heroes

BBC Good Food - - Update - By Sat Bains @sat­bains1

Not­ting­ham has a truly amaz­ing food scene. We have fan­tas­tic farms, restau­rants and pro­duce some of the world’s best cheese. My three favourite dishes on the menu at Restau­rant Sat Bains are the ‘Len­ton Lane’ (named af­ter the pot-holed road to the restau­rant) which is in­spired by a clas­sic rocky road and has a hit of to­bacco flavour in the cho­co­late as a nod to the half-de­mol­ished John Player fac­tory up the road. ‘From the em­bers’ is a Restau­rant Sat Bains clas­sic – a poached Jer­sey Royal potato smoked over em­bers with sea­weed but­ter, kombu, cream cheese and caviar. It’s rus­tic, nos­tal­gic and com­pletely lux­u­ri­ous, tak­ing the hum­ble spud to a new level. The braised ox­tail is an­other ex­am­ple of cham­pi­oning an un­der­used in­gre­di­ent. We cook it slowly, roll it and pan-fry it, then serve it on pick­led, can­died beet­root with truf­fle gravy and lash­ings of truf­fle. The dif­fer­ent tex­tures re­ally make it stand out.

My favourite places to eat in and around Not­ting­ham are No.8 Deli (no8deli.co.uk) in West Bridg­ford – they do the most in­cred­i­ble baked goods and sand­wiches; Fil­more & Union (fil­more­an­dunion.com) is a good place for a pit-stop while shop­ping; and

The Mar­tin’s Arms in Col­ston Bas­sett (the­martin­sarms.co.uk) is a beau­ti­ful pub in the heart of stil­ton coun­try serv­ing qual­ity food and real ales.

Sat’s favourite dessert

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