February’s Feasts

Although it has been a short month, I’ve managed to squeeze in a delicious range of meals. Here are my top 3 meals from the month:

The Queens Arms

Location: Edinburgh, UK

I was lucky enough to be invited to try The Queen’s Arms menu at the beginning of the month – just in time to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s reign. Sam and I chose to dine on a Sunday, so we could sample the roast that I had heard so much about. Our table was booked for 4pm and it was crazy busy when we arrived – I would definitely book a table to make sure you get a seat. I loved the layout because there are small booths, which make your dining experience a bit more personal and private. The booths also add to the cosy pub feel.

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The service was friendly and attentive, but not over empowering, which always enhances a dining experience! It didn’t seem to take long for our food to arrive, and on looks alone, I certainly wasn’t disappointed with our choice. We indulged in plenty of beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, cabbage, mash and gravy. It was a brilliant feast and just what we needed on a hungover Sunday!

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My favourite part about The Queens Arms is that you can have an incredible meal in a relaxed setting. I can confirm that I’ll be going back to this pub for a Sunday roast, as well as for after work drinks and nibbles.

Read my full review of The Queens Arms here.

Matusel

Location: Bologna, Italy

Holy moly, I don’t even know where to start with Matusel. When I booked my flights to Bologna I was mostly excited for the food because it’s the Food Capital of Italy. Luckily, I was meeting Sam here and he had been to Bologna previously, so he knew where to find incredible local cuisine. Because of this, I was already booked in to dine at Matusel on my arrival.

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Once I entered through the small doorway, into what felt immediately like a warm and homely restaurant, I knew I was going to have a great experience. The staff were extremely welcoming and made sure I was comfortable during my meal. Both, whilst I waited on Sam to arrive and once he had joined me, they were attentive and went over and above what we expected of them.

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Although Bolognese is not normally my first choice, I knew I had to try it from its home city. After receiving a carafe of red wine I ordered tagliatelle al ragu as my first course and a cooked tuna with sweet onions dish for my second course. The Bolognese was 100 times better than any Bolognese I’ve had before, I’m glad that I ordered it! The rest of my meal was just as delicious. After devouring the tuna, Sam arrived and we shared a desert and order some Aperol Spritz.

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Before paying our bill we were gifted limoncello and cannoli, which was a fantastic treat. The cannoli was incredible and the perfect way to end my experience at Matusel. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a real Italian foodie experience.

Roo’s Leap

Location: Montrose, UK

Although Edinburgh is now my home, I’m originally from Montrose. This month, I made my first visit back since Christmas to see my family. Being a small town there aren’t a lot of places to get a good meal, but the good ones never disappoint. Roo’s Leap is pretty much part of the foundations of Montrose – the town would be lost without it! I think the restaurant works so well because it’s suitable for lots of different occasions and serves something that everyone likes.

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On any visit home, Roo’s is a must-eat meal and one that is perfect for catching up with friends over lunch or dinner. My favourite combo is the mozzarella melts to start, followed by the Thai chicken salad. The Thai chicken salad is a relatively new addition to the menu, but a very valuable one!

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I don’t think I’ve ever had anything from Roo’s that I wasn’t a fan of. But some of my favourites have been Cajun shrimp, nachos and chicken quesadillas (along with my current order of course)! The menu has a large selection, so you will never get bored of the comfort food on offer. And the best thing is the food tastes just as good as takeout as it does in the restaurant!


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