The day was blustery , the boy was restless and the boss was late !!!! We were off to Studio One at the Westfield for what promised to be a bit of a slap up lunchtime feast ! The boss had been invited along .. and me and the Billster tagged along as a plus one with one … Little did I know I’d end up writing a review too … but hey .. why the heckers not !!!
I have actually eaten here before with th’usband .. an impromptu platter before heading off to watch a movie ( probably something to do with Zombies knowing us ) so I had a inkling of what to expect ….! The young waiter was very very polite and helpful .. couldn’t do enough for us ! Which always add a little joy to any eating experience …. ! The restaurant was clean and bright with a cream leather seating area and a funky cream pattern adorning the walls ! The bar area was clean , fresh and appealing ! Overrall opinion of the actual eating space & staff … just grand !
After ordering drinks .. a diet coke for The Boss and The Boy each .. and a large glass of Pinot Grigio for me ( well it would be rude not to ) we set about perusing the menu … The choice on the menu is great ! Not too much choice yet not too little .. a mixture of starters , mains , deserts and sharing platters .. with a separate kids section ! I chose the Vegetable Pakora followed by the Cheese & Vegetable tart with a large salad . I’m not vegetarian but felt that the vegetarian choices were rather appealing on the day . The boy chose a Margharita pizza and The boss opted for Japanese Torpedo prawns followed by Chicken and steak skewers.
My pakoras arrived and although ever so slightly overcooked were very tasty and packed a spicy punch . the soured cream dip was very welcome . The Bosses Japanese Torpedo prawns whilst promising a tantalising experience were a bit of a dud with the sweet chilli dip being the star of the show !
My main course arived and I entered with gusto …. however the vegetable part of the name was slightly exaggerated finding minamal veggies and maximal cheese tomato sauce giving the entire dish a distinct pizza in pastry feel , this disappointed me but the enermous salad it was served with was a joy .. fresh , vibrant and a cornucopia of colourful , flavoursome vegetables ( I was particularly taken with the addition of raw mushroom …. Just like my Mum used to do in salads) the dressing was divine and complemented the salad fantastically . The boss had his chicken & steak skewers .. and whilst the meat was perfectly cooked , there was an overall feeling that perhaps a little seasoning might have done them better justice . The boy had his pizza .. and I’m sad to say . as a self professed pizza connoisseur , he wasn’t overly impressed .. “not enough cheese” and “not enough flavour” .. although he did munch his way through the lot .. and a fair few of the square cut chips we’d ordered as a side !
Feeling quite full at this point , The boss and I declined dessert but The Boy held no fear … ordering a Chocolate & Ice cream combo ! It arrived , a grand affair of pink chocolate piggies , flakes , chocolate brownies and chocolate sauce with 3 handsome scoops of Ben & jerrys ice cream ( you get to choose your flavours) !! The Ice cream was yummy .. I know this as I did feel the need to give a helping hand ( for research purposes you understand) however the accompaniaments left alot to be desired .. a flake is a flake at the end of the day …. but the sauce was .. indescribable , the only connection to chocolate that had was it’s colour .. the brownies could have done with being more moist and the pink choc piggies .. were cheap chocolate So sadly , not the triumph we wanted it to be … Good work on the Ben & Jerry;s though
All in all the restaurant is adequate for a quick bite before heading to see a movie , but it’s not a venue I would choose to go for a meal given a choice …! There are parts of the menu I would recommend and others I would steer you clear of …However , the staff and venue itself are tip top So work on the execution and get yourselves top of the shop ….. I may come back and see you again sometime ……
** I would like to thank Studio One , Westfield , Derby for inviting us to their restaurant & providing us with a meal “on the house” .