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” .