Reviews – Cultura, Bootroom, 19Gale

February 14, 2015

Just catching up here with links to a couple of my reviews in the Leicester Mercury.

Cultura is a new bar and restaurant near me in Clarendon Park, Leicester. It’s just the kind of place the area was crying out for and seems to be doing well. Reports from friends are very enthusiastic about the service and atmosphere and most seem to have agreed with my verdict of great promise with the occasional sign that some dishes aren’t quite the finished item.

At The Bootroom the issue is maybe the other way around. Another lovely, stylish venue with great staff and there was no real issue with anything on the plate, it was all very well done but just a mite dull. For a place with the reputation and the evident skill, it all just seemed a bit too safe.

Meanwhile there is the curious case of 19Gale – a huge, expensively done out restaurant in the heart of the Cultural Quarter with a suite of elaborately-themed private karaoke rooms which can cater for several hundred people. The food from the traditionally-structured three course menu is beautifully presented and a Western fine dining take on Chinese food –  actually probably more accurately a Chinese take on Western fine-dining  – though I’d really like to go with a group and try selections from the Chinese menu. Service was lovely and it’s a shame that at the moment the place seems to be under used. There were five or six tables in use when we went – the same as The Bootroom – but here we rattled around a bit. With a more or less full restaurant I’m sure the place would really buzz.



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